International Relations

MSc International Relations
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
MSc International Relations probes into the causes and consequences of phenomena such as war, trade, regional integration, migration and terrorism.
• 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.

Vision and Values Statement
This programme aims to provide a comprehensive and critical grounding in key issues in politics and international relations and to allow students critically engage with cutting edge issues in the discipline.

Subjects taught

The MSc in International Relations 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 term.

Stage 1 - Core
• Introduction to Statistics - POL40950
• Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science - POL41640
• 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
• International Political Economy - POL40370
• 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
• 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
• 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 Relations FT (W036)
Deadline Rolling *

MSc International Relations PT (W109)
Deadline Rolling *

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




W036: 1 year full-time
W109: 2 years part-time
Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face


MSc International Relations (W036) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MSc International Relations (W109) 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 are employed in roles such as Government Social Researcher, Diplomatic Advisor, and Public Affairs Consultant.

Graduates work with international private-sector employers, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations including:
• United Nations, New York and Geneva
• EU Delegation of the European Commission
• IBRD (World Bank)
• Anderson Consulting
• Embassy of the United States of America
• Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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