Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MA Politics degree, which was developed for those who wish to understand the role of politics in shaping the great issues of our day including power and conflict, distribution and inequality, relations between nations, and the new challenges of globalisation, financial crisis, national security, and climate change.
The course focuses on the two traditional pillars of the discipline – political theory and comparative politics.
Comparative politics looks at the European nation-states in a comparative perspective.
Political theory — the reflection on the nature and morality of politics.
Vision and Values Statement
The vision of this programme is to transform students into specialists in the field of politics at the levels of both theory and practice and to allow them participate effectively in both theoretical and practical debates in that field.
develop students' presentational skills
develop student's research and professional development skills
enhance students' problem solving power
develop oral presentation skills
enhance group work skills
equip students with the skills necessary to understand and critically assess issues in politics and international relations
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. Click here for further info.
- 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
You will be assessed by in-course or continuous assessment (essays, report writing, projects, mid-term tests, presentations) and a final examination.
The MA Politics is a 90-credit programme. Full-time students must take a total of 65 credits between core and optional taught modules. Students must also submit a thesis worth 25 credits that will be written during the summer term. MA students have the option of pursuing an internship in lieu of a thesis.
Full time students must take three 10-credit modules and a 5-credit Dissertation Design module in the first semester, and three 10-credit modules in the second semester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 25-credits or pursue an Internship instead.
Stage 1 - Core
Comparative European Politics
Political Theory and the EU
Stage 1 - Option
Gender War and Violence
Theories of International Relations
Politics of Development
International Political Theory
Comparative Public Policy
Africa: Crisis and Opportunity?
International Political Economy
EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.
Governing the Global Economy
Politics of European Governance
Politics of Human Rights
Theory 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
Gender & the Political System
Quantitative Text Analysis
Politics of (mis-)information
Nationalism and Social Change
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
MA Politics (W023) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900
MA Politics (W111) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 5600
nonEU fee per year - € 9950
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.
Next Intake: 2019/2020 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 that include:
Government Social Researcher
Public Affairs Consultant
Public Relations Officer
Recent graduates of UCD School of Politics & International Relations now work in:
United Nations, New York and Geneva
World Trade Organisation
Asia Development Bank
Saatchi & Saatchi
Credit Suisse First Boston