Geopolitics & the Global Economy

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Research Design GEOG40390

Critical Geopolitics and Diplomacy GEOG40450

Dissertation GEOG40520

International Fieldwork GEOG40700

Research Design II GEOG40950

Stage 2 - Options

Media and US Foreign Policy AMST40030

Public Diplomacy and Soft Power AMST40130

Challenges in US Foreign Policy AMST40310

The Global Politics of Cyber Security AMST40560

The U.S. and the Middle East AMST40570

News Media Today AMST40580

Trump's America AMST40590

Politics and Digital Storytelling AMST40650

Development and the Global South GEOG40760

GIS Principles and Applications GEOG40820

Critical Geographies: Spatialising Power and Inequalities GEOG40970

Globalization, Empire and Race: Economic Geography GEOG41050

Urban and Regional Development PLAN40060

Theories of Global Justice POL40140

Comparative Public Policy POL40160

International Political Economy POL40370

Comparative European Politics POL40540

Theory of Human Rights POL41030

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)

Duration 1 year

Attend Full time

Deadline: Rolling*

MA Geopolitics & the Global Economy PT (W420)

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.


W262 - Full-Time: 1 Year

W420 - Part Time: 2 Years

Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

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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