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MA Politics
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
T‌he MA Politics degree, which was developed for those who wish to understand the role of politics in shaping the great issues of our day including power and conflict, distribution and inequality, relations between nations, and the new challenges of globalisation, financial crisis, national security, and climate change.

The course focuses on the two traditional pillars of the discipline – political theory and comparative politics.

Comparative politics looks at the European nation-states in a comparative perspective.

Political theory— the reflection on the nature and morality of politics.

Entry requirements

A primary degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) in a relevant subject such as political science, international relations, social science, sociology, history, geography, economics, global studies, public policy, development studies, EU studies, law. 2H1 is equivalent to 60 per cent, B minus or 3.08 GPA - in American system: B or 3.00 GPA.

- Your application will be considered on its individual merits and relevant professional experience will also be taken into account.

- English language requirements: applicants whose first language is not English should have met TOEFL, IELTs, or computer-based TOEFL requirements (600, 6.5, or 250 respectively), or the Cambridge English Test (Certificate in Advanced English at a minimum of Grade B, or Certificate of Proficiency in English at Grade C). Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement.

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates work with a wide variety of international private-sector employers, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations, in roles that include:

Government Social Researcher
Diplomatic Advisor
Public Affairs Consultant
Public Relations Officer
Political Advisor

Recent graduates of UCD School of Politics & International Relations now work in:

United Nations, New York and Geneva
World Trade Organisation
IMF
OSCE
Asia Development Bank
Saatchi & Saatchi
Credit Suisse First Boston

Related Programmes
MA Politics & International Relations PT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Katarzyna Glosnicka
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 8182

Subjects taught

The MA Politics is a 90-credit programme. Full-time students must take a total of 65 credits between core and optional taught modules. Students must also submit a thesis worth 25 credits that will be written during the summer term. MA students have the option of pursuing an internship in lieu of a thesis.

Full time students must take three 10-credit modules and a 5-credit Dissertation Design module in the first semester, and three 10-credit modules in the second semester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 25-credits or pursue an Internship instead.

Stage 1 - Core
Ethnicity and Conflict
POL40380
Comparative European Politics
POL40540
Dissertation Design
POL41420

Stage 1 - Option
The American Political Traditi
AMST40290
Immigration & Asylum: Law, Politics & Rights
LAW41310
The Good Society
PHIL40420
Politics of Development
POL40100
Comparative Public Policy
POL40160
Thesis
POL40190
Africa: Crisis and Opportunity?
POL40320
Politics of European Governance
POL40970
Politics of Human Rights
POL41020
SPIRe Intership
POL41390
Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa
POL41510
The Global Political Economy of Europe
POL41650
The Ethics of Immigration and Citizenship
POL41710
Gender in Peace and Conflict
POL41720
The Economics of Sust. Devel
POL41740
Capital in the 21st century
POL41780
Globalisation and Labour
POL41790
Political Psychology
POL41810
Challenges to Accountability in Developing Countries
POL41820
Dissidents and Human Rights Defenders
POL41830
Military Intervention & Peace
POL41900
Political Violence
POL41910
Ethnicity and Nationalism
SOC40620
Gender War and Violence
WS40330

Comment

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No.

Assessment method

You will be assessed by in-course or continuous assessment (essays, report writing, projects, mid-term tests, presentations) and a final examination.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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