Politics & International Relations
GradDip Politics & International Relations
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
The Grad Dip Politics and International Relations is designed to accommodate the scheduling needs of working professionals in government, journalism, the NGO sector and other areas who wish to deepen their education in politics and international relations whilst continuing their employment
- 60-credit, full or part-time programme including six optional 10-credit modules (no particular module is required).
The Graduate Diploma in Politics and International Relations is a 60-credit programme.
Full time students must take three 10-credit modules in the first trimester and three 10-credit modules in the second trimester.
Depending on their performance, aspirations and selection of modules, students can transfer from the graduate diploma into the MA in the subject area in which they specialised.
Current Modules for Graduate Diploma in Politics and International Relations
These are the current modules for 2023/24 but are subject to change. Each of the following modules carries 10 credits unless otherwise specified.
If you wish to get transferred to MSc Human Rights, or the other MA course, you must take core modules of the course of your choice. Please contact the school administrator for further information before completing your module registration.
POL40050 Theories of International Relations
POL40140 Theories of Global Justice
POL40160 Comparative Public Policy
POL40540 Comparative European Politics
POL40950 Introduction to Statistics
POL41020 Politics of Human Rights
POL41510 Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa
POL41650 The Global Political Economy of Europe
POL41870 Political Economy of Institutions and Comparative Development
POL41980 Peace & Conflict Studies
POL42040 Gender & the Political System
POL42070 Politics of (mis-)information
POL42330 Research Design
POL42470 Gender, Identity, & Difference
POL42490 Politics of Ireland North & South
POL40100 Politics of Development
POL40370 International Political Economy
POL40610 EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Policy
POL40970 Politics of European Governance
POL41030 Theory of Human Rights
POL41640 Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science
POL41720 Gender, Peace, and Security
POL41780 The Politics of Inequality
POL41860 Governance, Politics and Development
POL42050 Quantitative Text Analysis
POL42060 International Security
POL42340 Programming for Social Scientists
POL42440 Political Economy of Security
POL42480 Contemporary Election Campaigns: Democratic Norms and Empirical Research
POL42500 Politics of Authoritarianism
This programme is intended for applicants at least a lower or upper second class honours (2.2) or international equivalent in their primary degree 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.
• Professional experience may also be taken into account
• Applicants whose first language is not English should have met the English language requirements as listed on the following link. Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement.
How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip Politics & International Relations FT (W231)
Grad Dip Politics & International Relations PT (W232)
* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.
GradDip Politics & International Relations (W231) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 6815
nonEU fee per year - € 13270
GradDip Politics & International Relations (W232) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4510
nonEU fee per year - € 6635
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.
NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.
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Careers & Employability
Graduates work with a wide variety of international private-sector employers, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations such as:
Public Affairs Consultant
Government Social Researcher
Public Relations Officer
Recent graduates of UCD School of Politics & International Relations now work in:
European Institute for the Media
Korean Delegation to the OECD
KPMG Management Consulting
Queen's University Belfast