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Overview
Government affects our day-to-day lives. It affects the food we eat, the healthcare we receive and the taxes we pay. Modern-day governance occurs at many levels: local, regional, national, European and international.

The MSc in Government helps you understand contemporary government governance. In doing so it examines issues such as developments in democratic theory, regulatory reform, governance and international relations. It also examines contemporary policy debates at the local, national, European and international levels, looking at political reform in the Irish context, the changing dynamics of European governance as well as the challenges faced by democracy and the protection/advancement of human rights in the twenty-first century.

The MSc in Government is suitable for graduates of social science, arts, commerce, law or related disciplines.

Course Practicalities
Lectures for full-time students of the MSc Government take place all day Thursday and Friday. The course is designed in this way to provide students with ample time to read the materials discussed in advance of the seminar style classes and to prepare the presentations that are part of the ongoing continuing assessment.

This format also facilitates part-time students.

In year 1, part-time students take the following modules:

GV6113 Governance and policy processes in the European Union

GV6114 The Changing Dynamics of Governance

GV6115 European Security

GV6118 Political Participation and Mobilisation

These modules take place on Fridays in semesters 1 and 2.

In year 2 part-time students take:

GV6102 Political Science Research Methods

GV6103 Re-imagining Democratic Politics in a Changing World

GV6106 Dissertation

These modules are timetabled for Thursdays in semesters 1 and 2.

In recent years, students on the MSc Government have travelled on a field trip to PSAI (Political Science Association of Ireland) public events in Dublin.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 Honours Primary Degree or an equivalent academic or professional qualification)in specific subject areas.

Detailed Entry Requirements
Applicants should have an Honours Bachelors Degree with at least 2.2 Honours (or an equivalent academic or professional qualification) in one of the following areas: Social Science, Arts, Commerce, Law or a related discipline or equivalent professional experience as deemed appropriate by the Head of Department of Government and the School of Business. Applicants may be required to attend for interview or may be short-listed for interview.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
The course prepares you for many types of employment and/or further study. Our graduates have found employment in the civil service, journalism, political institutions, international organisations, NGOs, teaching, banking, IT and PhD research.

Starting salaries can be in the region of approximately €25,000–30,000

Further enquiries

Dr Liam Weeks
E: l.weeks@ucc.ie
P: +353-21-490-2941

Subjects taught

The course combines six taught modules with a 15,000–20,000 word research dissertation.

Modules (60 credits)

GV6102 Political Science Research Methods (10 credits)

GV6103 Re-imagining Democratic Politics in a Changing World (10 credits)

GV6113 Governance and policy processes in the European Union (10 credits)

GV6114 Changing Dynamics of Governance (10 credits)

GV6115 European Security (10 credits)

GV6118 Political Participation and Mobilisation (10 credits)

All modules are examined through continuous assessment.

The course will enable you to develop your research and analytical skills in the areas of government, political science and public policy. It will also give you a number of other skills, including:
◾data analysis
◾research, communication and writing skills
◾policy analysis, critical, systematic and independent thinking
◾presentation skills

The course will prepare you for positions in government, international organisations, the private, community and voluntary sectors and PhD research. Our graduates have found employment as parliamentary researchers, journalists, analysts in the banking and IT industries, press officers, teachers and some have gone on to PhD research.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar.

Comment

Unique Aspects of the Course
If you are a graduate in social science, arts, commerce or law, this course will help you to specialise in political science and will provide you with key transferable practical skills (data analysis, presentations, team work).

It is the only course of its type in UCC that recognises prior learning and relevant professional experience in the place of an undergraduate qualification.

Assessment method

All of the modules on this course are examined through continuous assessment. A variety of assessment methods are used. Examples include:
◾in-class presentations
◾reports
◾article reviews
◾book reviews
◾blog contributions
◾posters
◾portfolios and essays

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

2017/2018: Irish/EU Fee €5,530 full-time.

The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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