The MSc in International Public Policy and Diplomacy is an innovative, interdisciplinary, taught master's course that provides graduates with the expertise and work experience required for successful careers in international policy environments.
The course is offered by UCC's Departments of Government and Politics, History, Law and Management and Marketing and will give you access to expertise across a diverse range of subjects. The MSc International Public Policy and Diplomacy is strongly orientated toward vocational skills training, through coursework and the opportunity to undertake a work placement.
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 course will be of interest to you if you aspire to a career in, or are already working in, departments of foreign affairs and other government ministries, international political and financial organisations, the armed forces, aid agencies, non-governmental organisations, think-tanks, and international businesses.
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 international policy world.
On completion of the course, you will be able to identify and assess global policy challenges and global policymaking processes and will have gained expertise in analysis and evaluation, report writing, oral presentation skills and leadership.
Why Choose This Course?
Key features of the MSc in International Public Policy and Diplomacy are its focus on policy issues and the way in which it gives you the practical skills necessary to work in international policy environments.
The work placement and the skills focus of the assessment for the course are central to its effectiveness. In this course you will engage with the most contemporary debates and issues facing the global policymaking community and have direct interaction with current and retired policy-makers.
These features of the MSc International Public Policy and Diplomacy 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 international environments and in engendering a deep understanding of this exciting and evolving field.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
Uniquely, the MSc International Public Policy and Diplomacy offers you the choice of either a traditional minor thesis or the opportunity to undertake a work placement for between three and five months.
Students take work placements in a variety of organisations/institutions working in areas related to international affairs, such as government ministries, international organisations, the offices of elected representatives, think-tanks and non-governmental organisations.
Students are placed in major international cities, such as Brussels, London and Washington DC, as well as in Cork and Dublin. 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.