Politics & International Relations - International Relations
MSc International Relations
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
MSc International Relations probes into the causes and consequences of phenomena such as war, trade, regional integration, migration and terrorism.
- Examine theoretical approaches in the contemporary study of international politics and their application.
- Improve your skills in research design and qualitative and quantitative analysis.
- A wide range of specialisations are available to enable you to develop your specific expertise.
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 and Values Statement
This programme aims to provide a comprehensive and critical grounding in key issues in politics and international relations and to allow students critically engage with cutting edge issues in the discipline.
develop methodological research expertise
develop oral presentation skills
develop student's research and professional development skills
develop students ability to understand power in an anarchic world
enhance group work skills
enhance students' understanding of international organisations
equip students with the skills necessary to understand and critically assess issues in international politics and security
The MSc in International Relations 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 term.
POL40050 Theories of International Relations (10) or POL41800 Theories of International Relations Stream2 (10)
POL40950 Introduction to Statistics (10)
Options (Min 1)
POL41910 Political Violence (10)
POL40100 Politics of Development (10)
POL40140 International Political Theory (10)
POL40970 Politics European Governance (10)
POL41020 Politics of Human Rights (10)
POL41650 Global Political Econ of Europe (10)
POL41860 Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr (10)
POL41930 Psychology of Conflict in MENA (10)
POL42040 Gender & the Political System (10)
POL42340 Programming for Soc Scientists (10)
POL41640 Qualitative Research Methods for Politics (10)
POL42060 International Security (10)
POL40160 Comparative Public Policy (10)
POL40370 International Political Econom (10)
POL40540 Comparative European Politics (10)
POL40610 EU Foreign and Security Policy (10)
POL41030 Theory of Human Rights (10)
POL41720 Gender, Peace, and Security (10)
POL41780 The Politics of Inequality (10)
POL41870 Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr (10)
POL41980 Peace & Conflict Studies (10)
POL42000 Political Theory and the EU (10)
POL42050 Quantitative Text Analysis (10)
POL42070 Politics of (mis-)information (10)
POL42350 Connected_Politics (10)
POL42310 Thesis (30)
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.
How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc International Relations FT (W036)
Deadline Rolling *
MSc International Relations PT (W109)
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 Relations (W036) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900
MSc International Relations (W109) 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. 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.
Next Intake:2020/2021 September
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Careers & Employability
Graduates are employed in roles such as Government Social Researcher, Diplomatic Advisor, and Public Affairs Consultant.
Graduates work with international private-sector employers, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations including:
United Nations, New York and Geneva
EU Delegation of the European Commission
IBRD (World Bank)
Embassy of the United States of America
Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist