Ethics in International Affairs

The MA in Ethics in International Affairs is a unique programme that allows students to combine the study of normative and ethical issues with that of empirical aspects of world politics. It is most suitable for students who are interested in applying ethical and normative analysis to contemporary global issues.

Entry requirements

A primary degree (with first or second class honours) (Level 8 - QQI) in an appropriate discipline. Applicants with an approved equivalent qualification will be considered.

What to Include with your Application:
- Qualification transcripts and certificates
- English language qualification if English is not your first language
- Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
- A copy of your birth certificate/passport

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
- Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
- Irish Leaving Certificate English – Ordinary Level Grade D or above
- TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
- IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.
- English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
- GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
- University of Cambridge ESOL – Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
- GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory
• Graduate Research Methods
• One Elective Module

• Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the European Union
• Graduate Seminar in International Relations
• Graduate Seminar in Development
• Conflict Analysis
• Contemporary ethical issues

Spring Semester
• Global Justice
• Research Methods (progressing dissertation)
• Two elective Modules

• Graduate Seminar in European Governance
• Graduate Seminar in Comparative Politics
• Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding
• Graduate Seminar in International Cooperation and Conflict
• Representative Democracy in Europe
• Parties, Governments, and Policy
• Political Principles for a Culturally Diverse World

Summer Semester
• Dissertation


1 year full-time.

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Graduate Profile
This unique MA programme prepares students for a wide range of careers in various fields. The study of political theory offers genuinely transferable skills, such as analytical and critical reasoning and writing skills. Students can also tailor the degree to suit their preferred career path, be it in governmental or non-governmental organisations, think-tanks, media or academia.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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