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International Politics

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.

Applicants must, in addition to the College requirement to provide academic transcripts and two letters of recommendation, provide a motivation letter and one piece of written work (for example an undergraduate dissertation or essay).


One year, full-time [DPTSP-IPOL-1F09];
Two years, part-time [DPTSP-IPOL-1P09]

Further enquiries

Course Director(s): Dr Peter Stone
Course Email(s):
Course Tel(s): +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 2014-2015 these include:

Government and Politics of the European Union
European Union Policies
Environmental Politics
International Development
The Political Economy of Globalisation
Global Justice
International Dispute Settlement
International Negotiations
Chinese Politics
Politics in Authoritarian Regimes .

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 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2017

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