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The MSc in Government and Politics is a revamped and exciting interdisciplinary taught master's programme that provides graduates with the expertise and work experience required for successful careers in public policy environments.

The course is offered by UCC's Departments of Government and Politics, History, and Philosophy, and will give you access to expertise across a diverse range of subjects. The MSc Government and Politics is also oriented towards vocational skills training, through coursework, and the opportunity to undertake a work placement.

The MSc 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; and presentation skills. The work placement will give you a unique opportunity to develop important professional skills and to immediately apply your learning to the professional world.

The programme 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.

The focus of the MSc Government and Politics is on governance. 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 and Politics helps you understand contemporary 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.

Why Choose This Course

A key feature of the MSc in Government and Politics is its focus on governance and public policy issues, and the way in which it gives you the practical skills necessary to work in policy environments. In addition, the work placement and the skills focus of the assessment for the programme are central to its effectiveness.

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).

These features of the MSc Government and Politics give our graduates a competitive edge. Past students repeatedly comment on the value of the skills component of the course and the work placements in exposing them to policy-related environments and in engendering a deep understanding of this exciting and evolving field.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Uniquely for a taught masters of this type, the MSc Government and Politics offers you the choice of either a traditional minor thesis or the opportunity to undertake a work placement of four months.

Students take work placements in a variety of organisations/institutions working in areas related to national affairs, such as government ministries, the offices of elected representatives, think-tanks and non-governmental organisations. We have relationships with a variety of organisations who take students from the course and students are provided with expert support in sourcing and applying for work placements.

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 Politics and the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science. Applicants may be required to attend for interview or may be short-listed for interview.

All applicants will be required to submit a 'personal statement' (indicating why they are interested in taking the MSc Government and Politics, and why they think they would be suited to the programme.

Prospective applicants should contact the Department of Government and Poltics for further information.

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 view the grades comparison site.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Duration

1 year full-time or 2 Years Part Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

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.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Dr Liam Weeks
l.weeks@ucc.ie
+353-21-490-2941

Subjects taught

You can take this program in one year full-time or in two years part-time, and it is divided into two parts:

Part 1:

In Part 1, students take a combination of compulsory and elective modules.

There are 40 credits of compulsory core modules:

GV6010 Contemporary Global Politics (5 credits)
GV6011 EU Political System and Policies (5 credits)
GV6118 Political Science Research Methods (10 credits)
GV6121 Comparative Political Institutions (5 credits)
GV6124 Political Participation and Mobilisation (5 credits)
ES6014 European Democracy, Citizenship and Identity (5 credits)
PH6055 Core Themes in Political Philosophy (5 credits)

In addition, students take 20 credits from a list of elective modules provided by the Departments of Government and Politics, History and Philosophy.

Part 2:

Part 2 of the course challenges you to apply the skills acquired in Part 1 either by undertaking:

a 20,000 word research dissertation
Or
a work placement in a national policy environment and a placement-based dissertation. The length of the work placement is usually four months.

Specialist career advice is available to students through the Work Placement Officer and support is given in the planning for and application to work placement organisations. Our graduates have found the work placement to be an extremely valuable first step in their professional careers giving them unrivalled opportunities to make professional contacts and gain first-hand experience of the public policy world.

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

Students studying for the degree full-time take all modules in one year.

Students studying for the degree part-time take all the core modules GV6124, GV6011, GV6010, ES6014, GV6118, GV6121 and PH6055 (40 credits in total) in Year 1 and the remaining credits from the list of elective modules, as well as GV6106 or GV6123 (30 credits) in Year 2.

The taught part of the course runs from mid-September to the end of the following March. You will take the work placement or research dissertation between the beginning of April and the end of September. The length of the work placement may vary from three to five months.

During the taught part of the course, students have approximately 8-10 hours per week of lectures/seminars. This is supplemented by recommended reading, preparation of presentations and other group work and time spent completing assignments (essays, policy reports, research projects, etc). During the taught part of the course you will also take classes in preparation for the work placement.

In part 1, the course is assessed through a variety of course work assignments, including:

in-class presentations
reports
article reviews
book reviews
blog contributions
posters
portfolios and essays

In part 2 of the course, the assessment involves

a placement-based dissertation of 10,000 words if you are undertaking the work placement, or

researching and writing a 15,000-20,000-word dissertation (if you are completing the dissertation).

Application date

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

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

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 10 September 2018

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