International Political Economy

MSc International Political Economy
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
MSc International Political Economy - explores the international trade, monetary and finance systems, the processes of globalisation, the impact of emerging economies, and the causes and consequences of economic underdevelopment.
• probes the linkages of the global economy with international environmental, human rights, gender and migration issues
• includes core modules covering both the 'British' and 'American' schools of IPE.
• includes additional research components and is particularly suitable if you want a career in research or academia.

Vision & Values Statement
This programme aims to transform students into specialists in International Political Economy with the capacity to critically appraise cutting edge debates at both national and international level and to be capable to carrying out policy-relevant research therein.

Subjects taught

The MSc International Political Economy is a 90-credit programme. Full time students must take three 10-credit modules in the autumn trimester, and three 10-credit modules in the spring trimester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 30 credits that will be written during the summer trimester.

Stage 1 - Core
• International Political Economy - POL40370
• Introduction to Statistics - POL40950
• Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science - POL41640
• The Global Political Economy of Europe - POL41650
• Thesis - POL42310

Stage 1 - Option
• Theories of International Relations - POL40050
• Politics of Development - POL40100
• Global Issues in Normative Political Theory - POL40140
• Comparative Public Policy - POL40160
• Comparative European Politics - POL40540
• Politics of European Governance - POL40970
• Politics of Human Rights - POL41020
• Theory of Human Rights - POL41030
• Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa - POL41510
• Gender, Peace, and Security - POL41720
• The Politics of Inequality - POL41780
• Theories of International Relations – Stream 2 - POL41800
• Governance, Politics and Development - POL41860
• Political Economy of Institutions and Comparative Development - POL41870
• Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East - POL41930
• Peace & Conflict Studies - POL41980
• Political Theory and the EU - POL42000
• Gender & the Political System - POL42040
• Quantitative Text Analysis - POL42050
• International Security - POL42060
• Programming for Soc Scientists - POL42340
• Connected Politics - POL42350
• Social Theory and International Relations - POL42430
• The Political Economy of Security - POL42440
• Russian Foreign Policy - POL42450
• Understanding Political Parties - POL42460

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
• A primary degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) in a relevant subject such as political science, international relations, social science, sociology, history, geography, economics, global studies, public policy, development studies, EU studies, law. 2H1 is equivalent to 60 per cent, B minus or 3.08 GPA - in American system: B or 3.00 GPA.
• Your application will be considered on its individual merits and relevant professional experience will also be taken into account.
• English language requirements: applicants whose first language is not English should have met TOEFL, IELTs, or computer-based TOEFL requirements (600, 6.5, or 250 respectively), or the Cambridge English Test (Certificate in Advanced English at a minimum of Grade B, or Certificate of Proficiency in English at Grade C). Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement. Click here for further info.
• 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

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MSc International Political Economy FT (W293)
Deadline Rolling *

MSc International Political Economy PT (W294)
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


W293: 1 year full-time
W294: 2 years part-time
Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face


MSc International Political Economy (W293) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8225
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

MSc International Political Economy (W294) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 5405
nonEU fee per year - € 9600

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

SPIRe operates a Graduate Scholarship programme. To access details, see SPIRe Graduate Scholarship Scheme.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Graduates work with international private-sector employers, government agencies and NGOs as:
• Government Social Researcher
• Diplomatic Advisor
• Public Affairs Consultant
• Political Advisor

Recent graduates of UCD School of Politics & International Relations now work in:
• United Nations, New York and Geneva
• World Trade Organisation
• Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taipei
• Asia Development Bank
• Dutch-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Korean Foreign Trade Association

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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