Politics - Middle East Politics

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This programme is designed to deepen knowledge and understanding of the domestic and regional politics of the Middle East. It is structured around a set of thematic modules that encourage students to explore political dynamics in the region from a number of different perspectives

The key learning outcomes will be that students have demonstrated specialised, detailed or advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of Middle East Politics, which is based on current debate and controversy at the forefront of the field and that provides a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and/or applying ideas, often within a research contect.

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

Programme Outcomes
develop oral presentation skills
develop student's research and professional development skills
develop students communication skills
enhance group work skills
enhance students' learning skills in a continuous and automous manner
equip students with the skills necessary to understand and critically assess issues in Middle East politics

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 percent, 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 90 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.

Applicants whose first langauge is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element ) or equivalent. 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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa POL41920
Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East POL41930

Stage 1 - Option

Theories of International Relations POL40050
Politics of Development POL40100
International Political Theory POL40140
Comparative Public Policy POL40160
Africa: Crisis and Opportunity? POL40320
International Political Economy POL40370
Comparative European Politics POL40540
EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol. POL40610
Governing the Global Economy POL40820
Politics of European Governance POL40970
Politics of Human Rights POL41020
Theory of Human Rights POL41030
Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa POL41510
The Global Political Economy of Europe POL41650
Gender in Peace and Conflict POL41720
Theories of International Relations – Stream 2 POL41800
Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr POL41860
Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr POL41870
Political Violence POL41910
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
SPIRe Internship POL42300
Thesis POL42310
UN Peacekeeping POL42320




1 Year Full-Time (W393) or 2 Years Part-Time (W394).


MA Middle East Politics (W393) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Middle East Politics (W394) 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.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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