Dublin City University's graduate programme in international governance has three separate MA degree programmes:
MA in International Relations (Full-time and Part-time)
MA in International Security and Conflict Studies
MA in Development (Full-time and Part-time, mixed Mode)
Contemporary international relations impact on our lives in realms such as international politics, human rights, the economy, communications and trade. This degree offers a broad interdisciplinary introduction to this subject. It explores the concepts, forces and processes underpinning international relations, looking at the role of powerful states and international organisations, legal frameworks, foreign policy, and the international political economy. Students come from all corners of the globe and are both recent undergraduates and those already immersed in the field (NGOs, teachers), who want to further their professional development. The programme is suitable for students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, from politics, law and languages, to history, business and sciences.
To provide an in-depth understanding of the core theories underpinning international relations, including liberalism, realism, and constructivism.
To develop a clear and thorough knowledge of the political, social, economic, historical, and cultural contexts of the international system and its institutions.
To detail specific aspects of international relations in the contemporary world (including security and conflict, development, globalisation, international law, area studies and foreign policy).
To provide the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary options such as language studies and communication studies.
To appreciate both qualitative (e.g. comparative and case study approaches) and quantitative (i.e. statistical) research methods which will enable you to use one or both of these approaches in the completion of your dissertation.
The graduate programme is highly regarded in Ireland and internationally and provides a challenging and innovative learning environment.
This course will develop your critical understanding of the major theories, issues, and debates in contemporary international/global politics.
The advanced knowledge and skills you acquire are much sought after by government, research, the national or international non-governmental (NGO)/non-profit sector, and the inter-governmental (IGO) sector.
Your knowledge and skills will open doors to further postgraduate studies in international relations (incl. International Relations Theory, Area Studies, Security Studies, International Political Economy), Politics/Political Science (including Comparative Politics).
External Speakers Programme
The MA Programme features seminars and presentations by guest speakers with particular experience and expertise, be it as politicians, officials, academics or diplomats, in foreign policy and international relations. The intention is to facilitate the exploration of key issues in international relations in an informal, interactive environment. Amongst previous guest speakers in DCU have been:
Pat Cox (former President of the European Parliament);
Gareth Evans, (member of High Level Panel on UN Reform);
Judge Maureen Clark (Judge of the International Criminal Court);
Sandy Thurman (CEO International AIDS Trust and President Clinton's National AIDS Policy Director);
John Bruton (former Taoiseach and now EU ambassador to the USA),
Dr. Thandika Mkandawire (Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development);
Peter Sutherland (former Director General of the WTO);
Justin Kilcullen (Director, Trócaire);
Conor Lenihan TD (Minister of State for Development cooperation);
Dr Garret FitzGerald MRIA (former Taoiseach and Minister for Foreign Affairs) ·
Tom Arnold, (CEO Concern World wide);
Lt. Gen. David Stapleton (Chief of Staff, Defence Forces)
and numerous other diplomats, military officers, visiting academics and leaders of development NGOs.
Students who have successfully completed the Pre-Masters International Foundation Programme (IFP), are guaranteed a place on their target programme in DCU. Visit www.dcu.ie/ifp for further details.
For further information on this programme see the website of the School of Law and Government: www.dcu.ie/law_and_government.