This one calendar year fulltime programme of study is intended for recent graduates and graduates with professional experience. The course is designed to attract able and ambitious candidates who wish to obtain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of contemporary problems in the international environment.
A primary degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, history, geography, political science, sociology, European studies, law), with a minimum result of a second honours, or an approved qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):
Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6
Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.
• Graduate Seminar in International Relations
• Graduate Research Methods
• One elective module from the list below
• Graduate Seminar in
International Co-operation and Conflict; Research Methods (progressing dissertation)
• Two elective modules from the list below
Graduate Seminar in Development; Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the European Union; Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory; Multilevel Governance: Concepts and Practice; Conflict Analysis; Graduate Seminar in Comparative Politics; Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding; Graduate Seminar in European Governance; Global Transformation and Exclusion; External Relations of the European Union; Russian and Post Soviet Politics; Foreign Aid and Development; Development Practice and Programme Management; Global Justice; Representative Democracy in Europe; International Political Economy.
Field Trip: Optional multi-day study trip to Brussels during the spring semester, including seminar discussions with practitioners and trip to Brussels or Geneva during the spring semester.
1 year full-time
Start Date: 09/Sep/2019
Post Course Info
The programme equips students with substantive knowledge about a variety of international political phenomena, competence in the use of social scientific research methods, as well as analytical and transferable skills. Some graduates continue studying towards a Ph.D. or towards professional qualifications in fields such as law and commerce. Others may go on to pursue careers in journalism, public administration, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, interest groups and business.