Politics & International Relations - Quantitative Text Analysis

ProfCert Quantitative Text Analysis
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 10)
UCD School of Politics & International Relations is the oldest and largest school of its kind in Ireland with over 150 years of experience in political studies and a world-renowned faculty drawn from many countries.

The Professional Certificate in Quantitative Text Analysis equips students with both the theoretical oversight and the empirical tools necessary to understand and engage with (political) text at scale. The programme introduces students in a hands-on fashion to a variety of methods and tools in the booming fields of quantitative text analysis and natural language processing.

Graduates from this programme will be ideally positioned to apply their newly acquired text mining skills for careers in government, think tanks, political campaigns, interest groups, and the civil service. Furthermore, the combination of a solid understanding of social science theory with the technical ability to examine text at scale, brings a unique addition to any data science team, in the corporate sector, the nonprofit sector, or within IT companies.

Vision and Values Statement
The Professional Certificate in Quantitative Text Analysis introduces students in a hands-on fashion to a variety of methods and tools in the booming fields of quantitative text analysis and natural language processing.

Programme Outcomes
Graduates will gain:
• An understanding of various dictionary, supervised and unsupervised approaches of automated text analysis in social science research
• Experience in extracting useful features from text
• Experience in examining these features uses statistical methods
• Training in critically evaluating (social science) research that uses automated text analysis methods.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
• Quantitative Text AnalysisPOL42050

Entry requirements

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/

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
PC Quantitative Text Analysis Jan FT (W535)
Duration: 4 Months
Attend: Full Time
Deadline: TBC


4 months

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