European Politics & Policy
MSc European Politics & Policy
Academic Year 2020/2021
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MSc 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.
MSc students will learn skills in research design, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and use these skills to analyse questions of substantive interest in a rigorous and systematic manner.
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 MSc 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.
Stage 1 - Core
Introduction to Statistics
Politics of European Governance
Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science
The Global Political Economy of Europe
Stage 1 - Option
Law and Governance of the EU
Theories of International Relations
Politics of Development
International Political Theory
Comparative Public Policy
Africa: Crisis and Opportunity?
International Political Economy
Comparative European Politics
EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.
Governing the Global Economy
Politics of Human Rights
Theory of Human Rights
Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa
Gender in Peace and Conflict
Theories of International Relations – Stream 2
Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr
Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr
Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa
Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East
Peace & Conflict Studies
Political Theory and the EU
Gender & the Political System
Quantitative Text Analysis
Politics of (mis)information
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
MSc European Politics & Policy (W344) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900
MSc European Politics & Policy (W345) 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.