International Studies

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.

Key Fact
The MA in International Studies is one of the longest running programmes of its kind in Ireland and has been in operation at the University for nearly 30 years.

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• Graduate Seminar in International Relations
• Graduate Research Methods
• One elective module from the list below

Spring Semester
• Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict; Research Methods (progressing dissertation)
• Two elective modules from the list below

Summer Semester
• Dissertation

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.

Entry requirements

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).

Application dates

How to apply:
1. Choose your programme.
2. Check closing date for the programme.
3. Apply online at
4. Have your supporting documentation ready to upload.
5. Pay the application fee (€35 online / €40 bank draft or cheque).
6. Submit your application.

What to Include with your Application:
Qualification transcripts and certificates

A copy of your birth certificate or passport

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate


1 year full-time.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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