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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.

Vision and Values Statement
The vision of this programme is to transform students into specialists in the field of politics at the levels of both theory and practice and to allow them participate effectively in both theoretical and practical debates in that field.

Programme Outcomes
develop students' presentational skills
develop student's research and professional development skills
enhance students' problem solving power
develop oral presentation skills
enhance group work skills
equip students with the skills necessary to understand and critically assess issues in politics and international relations

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. Click here for further info.

- Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/

- These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Duration

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

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
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

Further enquiries

Contact Name: James Mahon
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
Comparative European Politics
POL40540

Political Theory and the EU
POL42000

Stage 1 - Option

Gender War and Violence
GS40050

Theories of International Relations
POL40050

Politics of Development
POL40100

International Political Theory
POL40140

Comparative Public Policy
POL40160

Africa: Crisis and Opportunity?
POL40320

International Political Economy
POL40370

EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.
POL40610

Governing the Global Economy
POL40820

Politics of European Governance
POL40970

Politics of Human Rights
POL41020

Theory of Human Rights
POL41030

Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa
POL41510

The Global Political Economy of Europe
POL41650

Gender in Peace and Conflict
POL41720

Theories of International Relations – Stream 2
POL41800

Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr
POL41860

Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr
POL41870

Political Violence
POL41910

Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa
POL41920

Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East
POL41930

Peace & Conflict Studies
POL41980

Gender & the Political System
POL42040

Quantitative Text Analysis
POL42050

International Security
POL42060

Politics of (mis-)information
POL42070

SPIRe Internship
POL42300

Thesis
POL42310

UN Peacekeeping
POL42320

Nationalism and Social Change
SOC40620

Comment

Student Internships
SPIRe's MA Internship opportunities

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.

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA Politics FT (W023)
1 Years Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MA Politics PT (W111)
2 Years Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

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

Course fee

MA Politics (W023) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Politics (W111) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 5600
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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