European Politics & Policy
MA European Politics & Policy
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MA is structured around a set of courses dedicated to different aspects of European politics, both EU and comparative European.
- Students will gain a well-grounded knowledge of the issues facing European governance and the manner in which different European political systems have sought to address the challenges they face in an increasingly Europeanized and globalized world.
- MA students have the option of writing a masters thesis or doing an internship
Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
The masters programs in European Politics and Policy-making aim to attract students interested in understanding European Politics and the challenges faced by European states in the 21st century.
The MA European Politics and Policy is a 90-credit programme. Full-time students must take a total of 60 credits between core and optional taught modules. Students must also submit a thesis worth 30 credits that will be written during the summer trimester. MA students have the option of pursuing an internship in lieu of a thesis.
Core and Option Modules for MA European Politics and Policy Making (credits in parentheses)
These are the current modules for 2022/23 but are subject to change. Each of the following modules carries 10 credits unless otherwise specified.
POL40970 Politics, European Governance (Autumn)
POL42330 Research Design (Autumn)
POL40540 Comparative European Politics (Spring)
LAW41040 Law and Governance of the EU
POL40050 Theories of Internat.Relations
POL40140 Global Issues in Pol Theory
POL40950 Introduction to Statistics
POL41020 Politics of Human Rights
POL41510 Middle East & North Africa
POL41650 Global Political Econ ofEurope
POL41800 Theories of Int'l Rels Stream2
POL41860 Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr
POL42040 Gender & the Political System
POL42440 Political Economy of Security
POL40100 Politics of Development
POL40160 Comparative Public Policy
POL40370 International Political Econom
POL41030 Theory of Human Rights
POL41640 Qual Research Methods for Pol
POL41720 Gender, Peace, and Security
POL41780 The Politics of Inequality
POL41870 Pol Economy & Comparative Dev
POL41930 Psychology of Conflict in MENA
POL41980 Peace & Conflict Studies
POL42000 Political Theory and the EU
POL42050 Quantitative Text Analysis
POL42060 International Security
POL42090 Engaging Brussels
POL42340 Programming for Soc Scientists
POL42430 Social Theory & IR
Please note, to be enrolled on POL42430 in Spring, students must have taken and passed either of the following two modules: POL41800 or POL40050.
Summer Trimester Core Module
POL42300 SPIRe Internship (30 credits) or
POL42310 Thesis (30 credits)
A primary degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) in a relevant subject such as political science, international relations, social science, sociology, history, geography, economics, global studies, public policy, development studies, EU studies, law. 2H1 is equivalent to 60 per cent, B minus or 3.08 GPA - in American system: B or 3.00 GPA.
Your application will be considered on its individual merits and relevant professional experience will also be taken into account.
English language requirements: applicants whose first language is not
English should have met TOEFL, IELTs, or computer-based TOEFL requirements (600, 6.5, or 250 respectively), or the Cambridge English Test (Certificate in Advanced English at a minimum of Grade B, or Certificate of Proficiency in English at Grade C). Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement. Click here for further info.
Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/
These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.
The following entry routes are available:
MA European Politics & Policy FT (W346)
MA European Politics & Policy PT (W347)
* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time..
MA European Politics & Policy (W346) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900
MA European Politics & Policy (W347) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 5600
nonEU fee per year - € 9950
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.
SPIRe operates a Graduate Scholarship programme. To access details, see SPIRe Graduate Scholarship Scheme.
Next Intake: 2020/2021 September
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Careers & Employability
Graduates can work within European institutions, with international private-sector employers, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations. Organisations including the European Union, the United Nations and IMF are all potential employers, with students having the skills to compete for roles such as Government Social Researcher, Diplomatic Advisor, and Public Affairs Consultant.