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Political Theory

MA Political Theory
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
As a crucial part of understanding our human condition, political theory has always been held to be a valuable activity. More recently, however, changes in contemporary societies have made such systematic thinking about politics indispensable to understanding and participating in the life of our own state and a newly global world. 

- Political theory addresses the more immediate practical concerns of politics and policy that are of concern to governments, the media, civil society groups and individual citizens.

- Combines a rigorous approach to analysing these problems with an imaginative search for solutions.

The applicants should have earned an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject with at least Upper Second Class Honours, or its equivalent, such as an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher in the American system. Relevant professional experience will also be taken into account.

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 such as: academics, policy analysts, diplomats, lawyers, journalists.
Recent graduates of UCD School of Politics & International Relations now work in: UK Foreign Office, US State Department, Irish Civil Service, University College London, and University of Melbourne.

Related Programmes
MA Politics FT
MSc International Relations FT
MA Philosophy & Public Affairs FT
MSc Politics FT
Master of Public Policy

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

The MA Political Theory 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
International Political Theory
POL40140
Theory of Human Rights
POL41030
Dissertation Design
POL41420

Stage 1 - Option

Children's Rights & Participation
EDUC41520

Disability and Equality
EQUL40200

Asylum and Refugee: Law, Politics and Rights
LAW41310

Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem
PHIL40840

Feminist & Gender Theory
PHIL41280

Philosophy of Hedonism & Death
PHIL41420

Theories of International Relations
POL40050

Politics of Development
POL40100

Comparative Public Policy
POL40160

Thesis
POL40190

International Political Economy
POL40370

Comparative European Politics
POL40540

EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.
POL40610

Governing the Global Economy
POL40820

Politics of European Governance
POL40970

Politics of Human Rights
POL41020

SPIRe Intership
POL41390

The Global Political Economy of Europe
POL41650

Principles of Int. Politics
POL41660

Gender in Peace and Conflict
POL41720

The Economics of Sust. Devel
POL41740

The Politics of Inequality
POL41780

Dissidents and Human Rights Defenders
POL41830

Political Violence
POL41910

Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa
POL41920

Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East
POL41930

Geopolitics of Brexit
POL41940

Public Opinion and Politics
POL41950

Comparative European Legislatures
POL41960

Application date

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

The following entry routes are available:

MA Political Theory FT (W277)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MA Political Theory PT (W278)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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