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European Politics & Policy

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.

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

90 credits

Careers or further progression

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

General 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.


Introduction to Statistics

Politics of European Governance

Dissertation Design

Research Design and Case Study Methods

The Global Political Economy of Europe

Stage 1: Option

Critical Geopolitics of Europe

Law and Governance of the EU

Theories of International Relations

International Political Theory

International Political Economy

Comparative European Politics

Governing the Global Economy

Principles of Int. Politics

Capital in the 21st century

Globalisation and Labour

Political Psychology

Challenges to Accountability in Developing Countries

Dissidents and Human Rights Defenders

Military Intervention & Peace

Political Violence

Application date

PT (W345)FT (W344)

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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