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Politics & International Relations

MA Politics & International Relations
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MA 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.

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

MA students have the option of pursuing an internship in lieu of a thesis.

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 student's research and professional development skills

equip students with the skills necessary to understand and critically assess issues in politics and international relations

enhance students' problem solving power

develop oral presentation skills

enhance group work skills

develop students' presentational skills

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.


2 years part-time.

Number of credits


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

Related Programmes
MA Politics FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: James Mahon
Contact Number: +353 01 716 8182

Subjects taught

The MA Politics and International Relations is a 90-credit programme.

Part time students take a total of 90-credits over the two-year duration of the part-time programme. As the Dissertation Design module is provided to support students writing their thesis, it must be taken in the second year of study. It is advisable for students to take the core modules in Year 1.

MA students have the option of pursuing an internship in lieu of a thesis.

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
SPIRe Internship
UN Peacekeeping


Student Internships
SPIRe's MA Internship opportunities

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

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA Politics & International Relations PT (W292)
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 & International Relations (W292) 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. 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.

SPIRe operates a Graduate Scholarship programme. To access details, see SPIRe Graduate Scholarship Scheme.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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