Politics

Key programme benefits to future students
This is a truly flexible programme that enables students to tailor the degree to their own interests, skills and future career plans.

The programme equips students with knowledge about a variety of political phenomena, competence in the use of social scientific research methods, and analytical and transferable skills. Given the wide ranging choice of modules, students can pursue their interests and acquire expertise on a range of topics in political science and political theory.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Graduate Research Methods

Optional 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 Modules
• Graduate Research Methods
• Three electives

Optional Modules
Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding | Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict | Graduate Seminar in European Governance | Representative Democracy in Europe | Global Justice | Gender and Politics | International Political Economy | Comparative Climate Policy and Politics | Collaborative Governance and Leadership

Summer Modules
• Dissertation

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

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
AND
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on ul.ie.

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on ul.ie/gps and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Duration

1 year full-time, on-campus.

Enrolment dates

Autumn

Post Course Info

Graduate careers
This course is an excellent springboard for further academic research and for public policy research in the public or private sector. Our graduates have pursued careers in business, public administration, journalism and civil society organisations.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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