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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)

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

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: Katarzyna Glosnicka
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 semester and three 10-credit modules in the second semester.

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

The Global Political Economy of Europe

Gender in Peace and Conflict

The Economics of Sust. Devel

The Politics of Inequality

Theories of International Relations – Stream 2

Political Violence

Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa

Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East

Gender and Security

Peace & Conflict Studies

Ethnic Conflict

Political Theory and the EU

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip Politics & International Relations FT (W231)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

Grad Dip Politics & International Relations PT (W232)
2 Years

Part Time

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 - € 6575
nonEU fee per year - € 12800

GradDip Politics & International Relations (W232) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4350
nonEU fee per year - € 6400

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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