Public Affairs & Political Communication

What is... Public Affairs and Political Communication?
The Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Political Communication is a one-year full time programme combining lectures, project work, the production of an academic dissertation and internship with a view to preparing students for a successful career in public affairs and political communication.

This is a taught full time post-graduate programme of twelve months duration including the submission of a dissertation of original research on a relevant subject. The programme also involves a placed internship of up to fifteen hours a week, in a public, private and not for profit organisations engaged in public affairs, including Dáil and Seanad Éireann. Possession of a laptop personal computer will be a pre-requisite of the programme.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements?
Entry is confined to holders of an honours bachelor degree (2.2 grade or higher).

Selection is based on the candidates understanding of and motivation for a career in public relations. Those completing their primary degree this year may be offered a place subject to attaining a 2:2 honours degree.

Qualified applicants will be invited for interview. Interviews will take place monthy between January & June 2020. Interviews after this date will be subject to availability. Applicants will be notified of the outcome within 2 weeks of interview.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 7 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 7 in each component.

Possession of a laptop personal computer will be a pre-requisite of the programme.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

Assessment Info

Assessment is undertaken through examinations at the end of each semester in January and May, through project work and class presentations and by means of continual assessment.
The submission of an academic dissertation of between ten and twenty thousand words at the completion of the course in September accounts for thirty per cent of the marks associated with the course.

Subjects taught

Public Affairs
Political Marketing
Political Structures
Ethics and Political Process
Public Affairs Writing
TV Environment and Presentation
Corporate Environment and Strategy
Research Techniques


1 year full-time.

Method of Delivery: Classroom.

Schedule: The timetable for this programme is currently under review.

Enrolment dates

Commencement Date: 01/09/2020.

Post Course Info

What are my career opportunities?
Graduates are equipped to take up full-time employment as liaisons between private, public and not-for-profit organisations and governmental or political persons and organisations. They may also provide communication services for those working in the political environment at regional, national and European level. Some graduates may take on employment as consultants offering public affairs services.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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