Politics & International Relations - International Political Economy

MSc International Political Economy
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

MSc International Political Economy - explores the international trade, monetary and finance systems, the processes of globalisation, the impact of emerging economies, and the causes and consequences of economic underdevelopment.

- probes the linkages of the global economy with international environmental, human rights, gender and migration issues

- includes core modules covering both the 'British' and 'American' schools of IPE.

- includes additional research components and is particularly suitable if you want a career in research or academia.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Vision & Values Statement
This programme aims to transform students into specialists in International Political Economy with the capacity to critically appraise cutting edge debates at both national and international level and to be capable to carrying out policy-relevant research therein.

Programme Outcomes
allow students participate in debates around both the theory and practice of IPE

boost students' research and writing skills

develop methodological research expertise

develop oral presentation skills

enhance group work skills

enhance students' skills in policy analysis

familiarise students with a comprehensive knowledge of leading issues in International Political Economy

Subjects taught

The MSc International Political Economy is a 90-credit programme. Full time students must take three 10-credit modules in the autumn trimester, and three 10-credit modules in the spring trimester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 30 credits that will be written during the summer trimester.

Stage 1 - Core
International Political Economy POL40370
Governing the Global Economy POL40820
Introduction to Statistics POL40950
Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science POL41640

Stage 1 - Option
Theories of International Relations POL40050
Politics of Development POL40100
International Political Theory POL40140
Comparative Public Policy POL40160
Comparative European Politics POL40540
EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol. POL40610
Politics of European Governance POL40970
Politics of Human Rights POL41020
Theory of Human Rights POL41030
Gender, Peace, and Security POL41720
The Politics of Inequality POL41780
Theories of International Relations – Stream 2 POL41800
Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr POL41860
Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr POL41870
Political Violence POL41910
Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East POL41930
Peace & Conflict Studies POL41980
Political Theory and the EU POL42000
Gender & the Political System POL42040
Quantitative Text Analysis POL42050
International Security POL42060
Politics of (mis-)information POL42070
Programming for Soc Scientists POL42340
Connected_Politics POL42350
State and Society in Africa: From the Slave Trade to the New Silk Roads POL42410

Entry requirements

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.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MSc International Political Economy FT (W293)
Deadline Rolling *

MSc International Political Economy PT (W294)
Deadline Rolling *

* 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.


MSc International Political Economy (W293) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8225
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

MSc International Political Economy (W294) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 5405
nonEU fee per year - € 9600

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

SPIRe operates a Graduate Scholarship programme. To access details, see SPIRe Graduate Scholarship Scheme.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Graduates work with international private-sector employers, government agencies and NGOs as:
Government Social Researcher
Diplomatic Advisor
Public Affairs Consultant
Political Advisor

Recent graduates of UCD School of Politics & International Relations now work in:
United Nations, New York and Geneva
World Trade Organisation
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taipei
Asia Development Bank
Dutch-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Korean Foreign Trade Association

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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