Geography - Geopolitics & the Global Economy

MA Geopolitics & the Global Economy
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The programme aims to produce graduates who are able to analyze and interpret the world in which we live, depending on your chosen research focus, including but not limited to:

War, conflict resolution and peace
Global economic processes
Global political events
The knowledge economy
Local, national and regional economic development

Vision and Values Statement
This MA seeks to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become outstanding researchers in the fields of Geopolitics and Global Political Economy. Competences and skills acquired are directly transferable to a range of employment opportunities, including in the public, NGO and private sectors. The programme combines a strong core curriculum with flexibility in the choice of research topics selected by students. Through modules and independent research, students develop their own interests under the supervision of a member of staff with relevant expertise.

Programme Outcomes

-Develop writing skills in the form of academic articles and a thesis.

-Establish contacts with political and economic actors and policy-makers.

-Gain critical reading skills in the area of Geopolitics and Global Political Economy.

-Learn field-based investigation methods and techniques.

-Learn research techniques and methodologies.

-Obtain knowledge of current affairs and historical events as related to international affairs.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
International Economic Crisis GEOG40470
Dissertation GEOG40520
Geo-spatial Technologies GEOG40670
International Fieldwork GEOG40700
Research Design GEOG40840

Stage 1 - Option
America and Globalisation AMST40010
Media and US Foreign Policy AMST40030
Public Diplomacy and Soft Power AMST40130
Challenges in US Foreign Policy AMST40310
New Media New Conflicts AMST40490
The US and the Middle East AMST40520
American Politics Today AMST40540
The International Politics of Cyber Space AMST40560
Trump's America AMST40590
Critical Geopolitics of Europe GEOG40450
Development in Asia GEOG40630
Geographies of the Global Sth GEOG40760
Latin America: social movements and postcolonial approaches
Applied GIS GEOG40820
Population Geography GEOG40880
Urban and Regional Development PLAN40060
International Political Theory POL40140
Comparative Public Policy POL40160
International Political Economy POL40370
Comparative European Politics POL40540
Governing the Global Economy POL40820
Theory of Human Rights POL41030
Economic Globalisation and Social Change SOC40230

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for applicants with an honours bachelors degree (NFQ Level 8) or international equivalent in any discipline including geography, political science, history, anthropology, economics and sociology, or professionals working in related fields.

Applicants should have a minimum of an upper second class honours (2:1) degree or international equivalent at bachelors level. Applicants with a 2.2. may be considered after interview in exceptional circumstances.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

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

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MA Geopolitics & the Global Economy FT (W262)

MA Geopolitics & the Global Economy PT (W420)

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


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Graduates work in government agencies, international aid agencies, global multilateral agencies, human rights institutions, think-tanks, research bodies and private firms in roles such as researchers, lecturers, aids workers, GIS specialists, planners and local government officials.

Graduates now work in organisations such as:

World Bank
Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch
Deloitte & Touche

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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