European Politics & Governance

Key programme benefits to future students
Taking a multi-level and governance perspective, it offers students a theoretical and practical understanding of the study of politics and policy-making in the European Union and its member states.

The programme enables students to pursue a wide variety of public and private sector career paths in local, national and international governance and diplomacy and related sectors.

Key Fact: The University of Limerick has a long and proud tradition in the provision of European Studies programmes. In recent years, the Centre for European Studies, UL was designated a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the European Union
• Graduate Research Methods

Optional Modules
Representative Democracy in Europe | Collaborative Governance and Leadership | Comparative Climate Policy and Politics | Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict | Graduate Seminar in International Relations | Global Justice | Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory.

Spring Modules
• Graduate Seminar in European Governance
• Research Methods (progressing dissertation)

Optional Modules
Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding | Graduate Seminar in Development | Feminist Perspectives in Conflict and Development Issues.

Summer Modules
• Dissertation

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree in a social science or related discipline, with first or second-class honours (Level 8 - QQI) or an approved equivalent qualification. Candidates should be proficient in the use of English.

What to Include with Your Application
Qualification transcripts and certificates
A copy of your birth certificate or passport
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time, on-campus.

Enrolment dates


Post Course Info

Graduate careers
The programme equips students with the substantive knowledge and analytical and transferable skills necessary to pursue a successful career in civil society and other non-governmental organisations, think tanks, interest groups, media organisations, local, national, and European administrations. The programme also provides the foundations for further doctoral research in the areas of Irish Politics, Comparative Public Administration, and European Union Politics.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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