Social & Political Thought

Thinking about social and political issues and problems doesn’t stop at disciplinary boundaries. The MA in Social and Political Thought harvests the benefits that come with a more openly structured, interdisciplinary approach that is based on a wider contextual appreciation of political and social ideas. It will provide students with a deeper understanding of how ideas play out in practice and develop the knowledge base and critical skills required to think beyond disciplinary boundaries when addressing contemporary social and political problems.

Related Programmes
MSc Comparative Social Change FT
MSc Sociology FT
MA Sociology FT

Subjects taught

N.B. The below list is indicative only and subject to change.

Core Modules:
SPT: Theories and Concepts
SPT: Methods and Approaches
SPT: Dissertation S&P Thought

Optional Modules:
Organised Violence and Society
Critical Geographies
War, Peace & Globalisation (subject to availability)
Global History MA Methods
Feminist and Gender Theory
Political Theory & the European Union
International Political Theory
Sociological Thinking in the Digital Age
Critical Acting
Jonathan Swift and Ireland
French Colonial Identities
Modern Asia
Politics of Human Rights
Gender, Identity & Difference
Developmental Challenges in the Global South
AI and Society
Exploring Global Solutions
Theory of Human Rights
Queering Global Challenges

Modules will be mainly lecture and seminar based.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent) in the Social Sciences or Humanities (or equivalent). A Second Class Honours Grade One (2:1) or higher is required but Second Class Honours Grade Two (2:2) standard or equivalent may be considered.

All candidates are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of a certificate of proficiency (such as TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS). Test results must be less than two years old.

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

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MA Social & Political Thought FT (W544)
1 Years
Full Time

MA Social & Political Thought PT (W545)
2 Years
Part Time

* 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. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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