The MA in Politics is a one-year, full-time programme that enables students to choose the areas they wish to specialise in within the field of politics. This unique and genuinely flexible postgraduate degree prepares students for a variety of professions. Students can pursue several interests and acquire expertise in a number of fields in political science. It is also an excellent springboard for further research, potentially towards a doctoral degree or public policy research.

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
Graduate Research Methods;

Two elective modules

• Graduate Seminar in Development
• Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory
• Graduate Seminar in International Relations
• Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the EU
• Public Administration Theory & Practice

Spring Semester
Research Methods (progressing dissertation);
Three elective modules

• Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding
• Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict
• Graduate Seminar in European Governance
• Representative Democracy in Europe
• Global Justice
• Feminist Perspectives in Conflict and Development Issues
• International Political Economy
• Comparative Climate Policy and Politics
• Collaborative Governance and Leadership

Summer Semester

Entry requirements

Primary degree in a relevant discipline with First or Second Class Honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary Degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Candidates must be proficient in English

Application dates

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

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Graduate Profile
The programme equips students with substantive knowledge about a variety of political phenomena, competence in the use of scientific research methods as well as analytical and transferable skills. This is the widest ranging of our programmes and, as a result, it prepares students for a variety of professions. It is also an excellent springboard for further research, potentially towards a doctoral degree or public policy research. Most importantly, the MA in Politics emphasises skills that the majority of employers seek, such as analytical and critical thinking, writing and presentation skills as well as a good work ethic. In the past, our graduates have pursued careers in a variety of fields, such as business, public administration, journalism and civil society organisations.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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