Dublin City University's graduate programme in international governance has three separate MA degree programmes:
MA in International Security and Conflict Studies (Full-time and Part-time)
MA in International Relations (Full-time and Part-time)
MA in Development Full-time and Part-time. mixed Mode)
There are no longer clear distinctions between regional or domestic civil conflicts and issues of global security. Most conflicts have an international dimension and global insecurity has local as well as international causes. This programme explores the causes of conflict, the role of powerful states and the broader international community, the changing role of peace-keeping, European security, terrorism, and conflict resolution processes.
It is anticipated that the class will be made up of a mix of recent graduates and those with some relevant work experience and also a mix of Irish and international students. This will add an element of diversity as well as providing important discussion points.
To provide an in-depth knowledge of the political, social, economic, historical, and cultural contexts of the international security system and its institutions, including international security organisations and the law of armed conflict.
To understand fully the manner in which states, civil society actors and individuals interact with such formal institutions/structures in order to resolve and manage conflict and respond to security threats.
To detail specific aspects of international security in the contemporary world (including peace-keeping and peace-making interventions, terrorism, failed states, human security, etc.).
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.
The course will develop your interest in the pressures giving rise to and created by the intersection of globalising forces with the maintenance of national and international security.
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 Conflict Studies, International Relations, Peace Studies, Politics/Political Science, Security Studies, Strategic Studies, Terrorism Studies.
Students who have 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 these programmes see the website of the School of Law and Government: http://www.dcu.ie/law_and_government.
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.