Gender Politics & International Relations

MSc Gender, Politics & International Relations
UCD School of Politics & International Relations is the oldest and largest school of its kind in Ireland with over 150 years of experience in political studies and a world-renowned faculty drawn from many countries.

The MSc in Gender, Politics and International Relations is an intensive course that prepares you for a career in research, policy, or advocacy in international organisations, governmental and non-governmental bodies, or academia.

Gender is a fundamental aspect of both the international and domestic political systems. This programme facilitates students to become specialists in understanding how gender shapes both individual and group interactions with politics on the national and global level.

The programme focuses on combining in-depth sub-disciplinary knowledge with advanced methodological skills, across both established and emerging methods.

Subjects taught

The MSc Gender, Politics and International Relations is a 90-credit programme. Full time students must take three 10-credit modules in the autumn trimester, and three 10-credit modules in the spring trimester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 30-credits.

SPIRe part time programmes run for 2 years and students normally do 1 - 2 modules per semester. The final 30-credit module is completed during the second year of the programme.

Please note that our part-time programmes run during the day and are not timetabled in the evenings or at weekends.

Core and Option Modules for MSc Gender, Politics and International Relations:
These are the current modules for 2023/24 but are subject to change. Each of the following modules carries 10 credits unless otherwise specified.

Core Modules
POL42040 Gender & the Political System (Autumn)
POL40950 Introduction to Statistics (Autumn)
POL41640 Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science (Spring)
POL41720 Gender, Peace, and Security (Spring)
Option Modules

DEV40010 One Planet One Ocean (5 Credits)
ENVB30130 Ecology & its Application (5 Credits)
EQUL40310 Masculinities, Gender and Equality
GS40100 Gender, Conflict-related Harm & Transitional Justice
GS40110 Gender, Sexuality, and the Body; The Politics of Belonging
POL40050 Theories of International Relations
POL40140 Theories of Global Justice
POL40160 Comparative Public Policy
POL40540 Comparative European Politics
POL41020 Politics of Human Rights
POL41510 Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa
POL41650 The Global Political Economy of Europe
POL41870 Political Economy of Institutions and Comparative Development
POL41980 Peace & Conflict Studies
POL42070 Politics of (mis-)information
POL42470 Gender Identity & Difference
POL42490 Politics of Ireland North & South

Important - DEV40010 & ENVB30130 must be taken together. You will also need to choose a 4th 10-credit module in the Autumn semester if you choose these 2 modules.

DEV40020 Gender and Development
GS40030 Gender, Inequality and Public Policy
GS40120 Gender: Global Concepts
POL40100 Politics of Development
POL40370 International Political Economy
POL40610 EU Foreign, Security, and Defence
POL40970 Politics of European Governance
POL41030 Theory of Human Rights
POL41780 The Politics of Inequality
POL41860 Governance, Politics and Development
POL42050 Quantitative Text Analysis
POL42060 International Security
POL42340 Programming for Social Scientists
POL42440 Political Economy of Security
POL42480 Contemporary Election Campaigns: Democratic Norms and Empirical Research
POL42500 Politics of Authoritarianism

Summer Trimester Core Module
POL42310 Thesis (30 credits)

Entry requirements

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.

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

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
MSc Gender, Politics & International Relations FT (W525)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MSc Gender, Politics & International Relations PT (W526)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


W525 - Full-Time: 1 Year
W526 - Part Time: 2 Years

Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability
Recent graduates of UCD School of Politics & International Relations now work in:
• United Nations, New York and Geneva
• World Trade Organisation
• Asia Development Bank
• Saatchi & Saatchi
• Credit Suisse First Boston

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