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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