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European Politics & Policy

MSc European Politics & Policy
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MSc is structured around a set of courses dedicated to different aspects of European politics, both EU and comparative European.

-Students will gain a well-grounded knowledge of the issues facing European governance and the manner in which different European political systems have sought to address the challenges they face in an increasingly Europeanized and globalized world.

-MSc students will learn skills in research design, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and use these skills to analyse questions of substantive interest in a rigorous and systematic manner.

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 masters programs in European Politics and Policy-making aim to attract students interested in understanding European Politics and the challenges faced by European states in the 21st century.

Vision and Values Statement
This programme aims to equip students with a deep and comprehensive knowledge of European politics and international relations, to critically appraise debates around European integration and to establish a basis for students' professional development as European policy specialists

Programme outcomes
-allow students participate as commentators and/or practitioners in the arena of European public policy
-develop students' research and writing skills
-generally enhance students' abilities for critical appraisal
-develop oral presentation skills
-enhance group work skills
-develop methodological research expertise
-enhance students' understanding of European policy debates

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.

• Professional experience may 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.


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

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Graduates can work within European institutions, with international private-sector employers, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations. Organisations including the European Union, the United Nations and IMF are all potential employers, with students having the skills to compete for roles such as Government Social Researcher, Diplomatic Advisor, and Public Affairs Consultant.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

The MSc European Politics and Policy 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.

Stage 1 - Core
Research Design
Introduction to Statistics
Politics of European Governance
Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science
The Global Political Economy of Europe

Stage 1 - Option
Critical Geopolitics of Europe
Law and Governance of the EU
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 Human Rights
Theory of Human Rights
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:
MSc European Politics & Policy FT (W344)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

MSc European Politics & Policy PT (W345)
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

MSc European Politics & Policy (W344) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8225
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

MSc European Politics & Policy (W345) Part Time
nonEU fee per year - € 9600

***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: 2019/2020 September

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