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
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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.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
• Research Design - GEOG40390
• Critical Geopolitics of Europe - 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
• Trump's America - AMST40590
• Critical Political Economy - EQUL40390
• Development and the Global South - GEOG40760
• Introduction to ArcGIS - GEOG40820
• Global South Fieldwork: Vietnam - GEOG40830
• Critical Geographies: Spatialising Power and Inequalities - GEOG40970
• Work & Employment in the Global Economy - HRM40720
• Urban and Regional Development - PLAN40060
• Global Issues in Normative Political Theory - POL40140
• Comparative Public Policy - POL40160
• International Political Economy - POL40370
• Comparative European Politics - POL40540
• Theory of Human Rights - POL41030
• Economic Globalisation and Social Change - SOC40230

Entry requirements

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)
Deadline: Rolling*

MA Geopolitics & the Global Economy PT (W420)
Deadline: Rolling*

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

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

Applications are welcome from graduates from any discipline, though undergraduate disciplines with a thematic link to geography, political science, history, economics or sociology may be advantageous. The programme would also be suitable for those with a professional background in related fields who might wish to develop and broaden their skillset.


W262 - Full-Time: 1 Year
W420 - Part Time: 2 Years

Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face

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:
• UN
• World Bank
• Amnesty International
• Human Rights Watch
• Deloitte & Touche

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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