European Politics & Governance

The MA in European Politics and Governance provides students with an advanced understanding of how European societies are governed through the complex interaction between public and private actors at different levels of government. Taking a multi-level and governance perspective, it offers a distinctive approach to the study of politics and policymaking in the European Union and its member states.

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
- English language qualification(s) if English is not your first language
- Certified English translation of your transcripts/certificates where the original transcripts are in a language other than English.
- A copy of your birth certificate or 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 Institutions and Policies of the European Union;
- Graduate Research Methods;
- One elective module

Spring Semester
- Graduate Seminar in European Governance;
- Research Methods (progressing dissertation);
- Two elective modules

Summer Semester

Graduate Seminar in International Relations; Graduate Seminar in Development; Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory; Multilevel Governance: concepts and practice; Conflict Analysis; Graduate Seminar in Comparative Politics; Graduate Seminar in Peace-building; Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict; Global Transformation and Exclusion; External Relations of the European Union; Russian and Post Soviet Politics; Foreign Aid and Development; Development Practice and Programme Management; Global Justice; Representative Democracy in Europe; International Political Economy.

Optional multi-day study trip to Brussels during the spring semester, including seminar discussions with practitioners and visits to the European institutions and other international organisations. (not included in tuition fees; offer subject to a minimum number of participants)


1 Year Full-Time

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Graduate Profile
The programme aims to equip 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.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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