Global Solutions

MSc Global Solutions
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
Global Solutions is a new and innovative MSc programme delivered by the UCD School of Sociology. It combines academic, activist, business and policy perspectives (the AABP model) to explore and study solutions to significant global problems, including climate change, global inequalities, conflicts and social transformations.

We develop and apply an innovative AABP model that explores the intersections of
A academic knowledge and research
A activism and social movements
B business and technological innovations
P social policy
to understand the design, operations and innovative potential of global solutions.

This programme is delivered by the UCD School of Sociology

Vision and Values Statement
The MSc Global Solutions is designed in hope and optimism that we can make our world better together and devise novel global solutions that can contribute to addressing global problems. We are looking for students who want to be active participants in shaping their and our world and learn how to create global solutions that attempt to resolve our most pressing global problems.

Throughout the programme, we explore a range of current global problems and case studies, including outreach to those involved in dealing with real-world societal problems.

Subjects taught

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Core Modules:
• Global Solutions in an Academic, Activist, Business and Policy (AABP) Perspective
• Global Solutions to Climate Change
• Human Development in the Fight against Global Inequalities
• Transnational Lives in Global Perspective
• Peace, Conflict and Social Change
• Dissertation

Optional Modules
• Big Data and Solution-Oriented Sociology
• Identities and Rights in a Global Context

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Applicants should normally have a primary degree (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent) in sociology or social science, or a closely related discipline.

A Student Grade Point Average (GPA) Equivalent 3.0 out of 4.0 is required (where the grading scale is 0.0 to 4.0) or the equivalent result where another grading scale is presented.
Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but can confirm professional qualifications and/or
experience will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants may be called for an interview.

All candidates are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of a certificate of proficiency (such as TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS).

Test results must be less than two years old and must meet the minimum UCD standards listed here:

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
MSc Global Solutions FT (W536)
Deadline: 30th June 2023

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes


1 year full-time
Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face

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Careers & Employability
A wide range of organisations and social enterprises use the skills developed throughout the programme. Academic and analytical skills are required for work in the social research sector, including think tanks, market research and academic organisations. Focus on activism and business prepares you for working in the NGO sector and as a social entrepreneur. Policy perspective is essential for those wishing to pursue careers in the civil service, governmental organisations, and social policy.

The MSc Global Solutions at UCD is ideal for graduates who wish to innovate and focus on solutions a part of their future career.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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