The pace of change in our world continues to grow. Countries and peoples are connected in increasingly complex ways. The list of challenges – and opportunities – is long, including populism, inequality, climate change, conflict, and governance. A better understanding of the world and the processes at work are essential. This MA programme aims to equip you with tools to analyse our world the choices we face.
The DCU MA in International Relations is the oldest in Dublin and is known for its dedicated staff and diverse student body. We welcome students from all over the world, as well as those with different career experiences, and those who have studied very different subjects at the undergraduate level. Our intellectual approach is also diverse. We see international relations as the meeting point of diverse theoretical, disciplinary, and geographical perspectives.
In the first semester, the core introductory subjects are offered in small classes that offer students an intellectual toolkit to use throughout the course, and also help the students to get to know each other. In the second semester, students can choose from the many optional modules developed specially for the MA in International Relations, as well as modules from a host of other programmes in international relations, security studies, public policy, and law. These normally include issues such as international politics, human rights, the economy, communications, trade, area studies, and environmental protection. Students also write a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, and receive support in doing so from the beginning of the course, including one-to-one supervision.
Full-time and part-time options
The MA can be completed on a full-time basis over 12 months, or part-time over two years. The year starts in the second half of September. For the part-time course, the compulsory modules, and a selection of the most important optional ones, are normally taught on a single afternoon/evening per week between 2pm and 8pm. Depending on which optional modules are chosen, part time students would not normally have activities scheduled outside of this time.
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, you'll take three core modules in Semester 1, along with a research methodology class. In Semester 2, you'll 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 you're a part-time student, you'll 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 speakers—including politicians, officials, academics and diplomats—that 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 Ireland's 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 Ireland's leading academic department for the study of International Relations and Security.