International Politics

Course Description
The objective of the course is to develop students' knowledge of international politics with a comprehensive empirical approach to understanding many prominent problems in contemporary world politics, especially topics where domestic and international politics cannot be understood in isolation from each other. These topics include democratisation, international cooperation, development and foreign aid, international conflict as well as the politics of many environmental issues and their implications for the politics of developing countries. Students will also receive training in research methods.

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally have achieved an upper second class honour degree or higher from an established university. GPA scores of at least 3.3 out of 4, or equivalent, will be expected from international applicants. A background in a social science will be an advantage but not a necessity. Applications are expected from candidates with a single or joint honours degree in Political Science, Economics, European Studies, History, Sociology, Business and Law.


One year, full-time, Two years, part-time

Further enquiries

Course Director Dr Peter Stone 
Telephone Number 353 1 896 4687 

Subjects taught

The M.Sc. course consists of four compulsory modules and four elective (half) modules. The compulsory modules are:
•International Politics
•International Conflict
•Research Design
•Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

The elective modules on offer vary from year to year.

In 2017-2018 these included:
• Global Justice
• International Human Rights Scholarship
• US Foreign Policy
• International Human Rights Institutions
• International Dispute Settlement
• Chinese Politics
• Media and International Politics
• Violence and Political Order

In addition, students will complete a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words in length. Students who fail to achieve a satisfactory mark for the dissertation element may be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Political Science.

Application date

Closing Date: 30th June 2019

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2019

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