MA Political Theory
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
As a crucial part of understanding our human condition, political theory has always been held to be a valuable activity. More recently, however, changes in contemporary societies have made such systematic thinking about politics indispensable to understanding and participating in the life of our own state and a newly global world.
Political theory addresses the more immediate practical concerns of politics and policy that are of concern to governments, the media, civil society groups and individual citizens.
Combines a rigorous approach to analysing these problems with an imaginative search for solutions.
Vision and Values Statement
This programme aspires to allow students become specialists in critical thought and reflection on key issues in political theory, capable of engaging with cutting edge philosophical debates and practical applications thereof in the realm of practical politics.
- allow students participate in political debates informed by theory
- develop students' capacities for critical reflection on issues of political theory
- familiarise students with key issues and schools of thought in political theory
- develop oral presentation skills
- enhance group work skills
- enhance students research and writing skills
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.
- 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 http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/
These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes
The MA Political Theory is a 90-credit programme. Full time students must take three 10-credit modules and a research design workshop in the autumn trimester, and three 10-credit modules in the spring trimester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 30-credits or pursue an Internship instead during the summer trimester.
Stage 1 - Core
International Political Theory
Theory of Human Rights
Stage 1 - Option
Children's Rights & Participation
Disability and Equality
The Good Society
Living Well: Aristotle's Ethics & Politics
Feminist & Gender Theory
Ethics: Theory and Practice
Truth, History, Justice
Theories of International Relations
Politics of Development
Comparative Public Policy
Africa: Crisis and Opportunity?
International Political Economy
Comparative European Politics
EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.
Governing the Global Economy
Politics of European Governance
Politics of Human Rights
Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa
The Global Political Economy of Europe
Gender in Peace and Conflict
Theories of International Relations – Stream 2
Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr
Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr
Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa
Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East
Peace & Conflict Studies
Political Theory and the EU
Gender & the Political System
Quantitative Text Analysis
Politics of (mis-)information
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
MA Political Theory (W277) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900
MA Political Theory (W278) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4760
nonEU fee per year - € 9950
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.
Next Intake: 2020/2021 September
Post Course Info
Careers & Employability
Graduates work with a wide variety of international private-sector employers, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations in roles such as: academics, policy analysts, diplomats, lawyers, journalists.
Recent graduates of UCD School of Politics & International Relations now work in: UK Foreign Office, US State Department, Irish Civil Service, University College London, and University of Melbourne.