Contemporary international relations affect our lives in realms such as international politics, human rights, the economy, communications, trade and environmental protection. The MA in International Relations explores the concepts, forces, and processes underpinning international relations, as well as looking at the role of powerful states, international organisations, legal frameworks, foreign policy, and the international political economy.
Why Do This Programme?
Gain an in-depth understanding of major theories, issues, and debates in contemporary international/global politics.
Develop a clear and thorough knowledge of the political, social, economic, historical, and cultural contexts of the international system and its institutions.
Understand specific aspects of international relations in the contemporary world, including security and conflict, development, globalisation, international law, area studies and foreign policy
Broaden your horizons with interdisciplinary options such as language studies and communication studies.
Build relationships and contacts with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, a range of specialists and policy makers that will give you a head start as you build your career.
Programme Structure and Content
This MA can be completed in one year on a full-time basis, or in two years on a part-time basis.
As a full-time student, youll take three core modules in Semester 1, along with a research methodology class. In Semester 2, youll take three modules from a range of thematic- and region-focused options. You may also take a language as one of your options. A 20,000 word dissertation is due in September.
If youre a part-time student, youll complete all modules (three core modules, a research methodology class, and three optional modules) over the course of two years, taking one or two modules per semester. A 20,000 word dissertation is due in September of Year 2.
The programme features seminars and presentations by guest speakersincluding politicians, officials, academics and diplomatsthat prompt you to explore key issues in international politics, security, and development, as well as to build connections to key practitioners.
Programme Aims and Objectives
Link theory, policy and practice.
Offer high quality academic training in international relations.
Give participants a critical understanding of different theories of and frameworks for international studies.
Enhance the practical skills of participants in the areas of research, communication, policy analysis, and programme and project management.
Why Choose DCU?
Open doors to further postgraduate studies in International Development, Environmental Studies, Political Science and International Relations, and Security Studies.
The MA in International Relations at DCU was the first postgraduate International Relations programme in Ireland and remains Irelands premier programme.
Multidisciplinary degree with small class sizes and an internationally diverse student body.
Interactive, participatory teaching style with a wide scope and range of modules.
Lecturers accessible to students and with real expertise in their disciplines.
The School of Law and Government is Irelands leading academic department for the study of International Relations and Security.