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Politics & International Relations

GradDip Politics & International Relations
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
The Grad Dip Politics and International Relations is designed to accommodate the scheduling needs of working professionals in government, journalism, the NGO sector and other areas who wish to deepen their education in politics and international relations whilst continuing their employment.

- 60-credit, part-time programme including six optional 10-credit modules (no particular module is required)

Vision and Values Statement
This programme aims to provide a comprehensive and critical grounding in key issues in politics and international relations and to allow students critically engage with cutting edge issues in the discipline.

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

This programme is intended for applicants at least a lower or upper second class honours (2.2) or international equivalent in their primary degree 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.

• Professional experience may also be taken into account

• Applicants whose first language is not English should have met the English language requirements as listed on the following link. Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement.


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

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Graduates work with a wide variety of international private-sector employers, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations such as:

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

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

European Parliament
European Institute for the Media
Korean Delegation to the OECD
KPMG Management Consulting
Queen's University Belfast

Further enquiries

Contact Name: James Mahon
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 8182

Subjects taught

The Graduate Diploma in Politics and International Relations is a 60-credit programme.

Full time students must take three 10-credit modules in the first trimester and three 10-credit modules in the second trimester.

Depending on their performance, aspirations and selection of modules, students can transfer from the graduate diploma into the MA in the subject area in which they specialised.

Stage 1 - Option
Theories of International Relations
Politics of Development
International Political Theory
Comparative Public Policy
Africa: Crisis and Opportunity?
International Political Economy
Comparative European Politics
EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.
Governing the Global Economy
Politics of European Governance
Politics of Human Rights
Theory of Human Rights
Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa
The Global Political Economy of Europe
Gender in Peace and Conflict
Theories of International Relations – Stream 2
Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr
Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr
Political Violence
Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa
Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East
Peace & Conflict Studies
Political Theory and the EU
Gender & the Political System
Quantitative Text Analysis
International Security
Politics of (mis-)information
UN Peacekeeping


Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

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

Related programmes
MA Politics & International Relations PT

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip Politics & International Relations FT (W231)
1 Year Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

Grad Dip Politics & International Relations PT (W232)
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

GradDip Politics & International Relations (W231) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 6815
nonEU fee per year - € 13270

GradDip Politics & International Relations (W232) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4510
nonEU fee per year - € 6635

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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