International Relations

MA International Relations
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
Oldest and largest school of its kind in Ireland.
UCD School of Politics & International Relations is the oldest and largest school of its kind in Ireland with over 150 years of experience in political studies and a world-renowned faculty drawn from many countries.
• Examine theoretical approaches in the contemporary study of international politics and their application.
• Improve your skills in research design and qualitative and quantitative analysis.
• A wide range of specialisations are available to enable you to develop your specific expertise.

Subjects taught

The MA International Relations is a 90-credit programme. Full-time students must take a total of 60 credits between core and optional taught modules. Full time students must take three 10-credit modules in the first trimester, and three 10-credit modules in the second trimester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 30-credits or pursue an Internship instead during the summer trimester.

Stage 1 - Option
• Theories of International Relations - POL40050
• Politics of Development - POL40100
• Global Issues in Normative Political Theory - POL40140
• Comparative Public Policy - POL40160
• International Political Economy - POL40370
• Comparative European Politics - POL40540
• Introduction to Statistics - POL40950
• 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
• Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science - POL41640
• The Global Political Economy of Europe - POL41650
• 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
• SPIRe Internship - POL42300
• Thesis - POL42310
• Research Design - POL42330
• Programming for Soc Scientists -POL42340
• 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:
MA International Relations FT (W235)
Deadline Rolling *

MA International Relations PT (W236)
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




W235: 1 year full-time
W236: 2 years part-time
Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face


MA International Relations (W235) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA International Relations (W236) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 5600
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***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 non-governmental organisations including the United Nations and IMF in roles such as government social researcher, diplomatic advisor, and public affairs consultant.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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