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European Politics & Policy

MA European Politics & Policy
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA 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.

-MA students have the option of writing a masters thesis or doing an internship

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 events and developments in European integration, and to establish a basis for students' professional development as European policy specialists

Programme Outcomes
-The key learning outcome for the proposed masters will be that Students have demonstrated specialized, detailed or advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of European and EU politics.

-Understand the structure and actors of European politics

-Develop students' research and writing skills

-Prepare clear and concise written work and presentations across a range of political subject areas relating to European and EU politics.

-Analyse topics in European politics with both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

-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 MA 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. 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
Research Design

Politics of European Governance

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

SPIRe Intership

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


Student Internships
SPIRe's MA Internship opportunities

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA European Politics & Policy FT (W346)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

MA European Politics & Policy PT (W347)
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

MA European Politics & Policy (W346) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8225
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

MA European Politics & Policy (W347) 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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