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European Politics & Policy

MA European Politics & Policy
Academic Year 2020/2021
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.

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

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

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

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

enhance students' understanding of European policy debates

Student Internships
SPIRe's MA Internship opportunities

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. Click here for further info.

Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Duration

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Number of credits

90

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: James Mahon
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 60 credits between core and optional taught modules. Students must also submit a thesis worth 30 credits that will be written during the summer trimester. MA students have the option of pursuing an internship in lieu of a thesis.

Stage 1 - Core
Politics of European Governance
POL40970
The Global Political Economy of Europe
POL41650

Stage 1 - Option
Law and Governance of the EU
LAW41040
Theories of International Relations
POL40050
Politics of Development
POL40100
International Political Theory
POL40140
Comparative Public Policy
POL40160
Africa: Crisis and Opportunity?
POL40320
International Political Economy
POL40370
Comparative European Politics
POL40540
EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.
POL40610
Governing the Global Economy
POL40820
Politics of Human Rights
POL41020
Theory of Human Rights
POL41030
Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa
POL41510
Gender in Peace and Conflict
POL41720
Theories of International Relations – Stream 2
POL41800
Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr
POL41860
Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr
POL41870
Political Violence
POL41910
Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa
POL41920
Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East
POL41930
Peace & Conflict Studies
POL41980
Political Theory and the EU
POL42000
Gender & the Political System
POL42040
Quantitative Text Analysis
POL42050
International Security
POL42060
Politics of (mis-)information
POL42070
SPIRe Internship
POL42300
Thesis
POL42310
UN Peacekeeping
POL42320

Comment

Vision and Values Statement
This programmme aims to equip students with a deep and comprehensive knowledge of European politics and international relations, to critically appriase events and developments in European integration, and to establish a basis for students' professional development as European policy specialists.

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MA European Politics & Policy FT (W346)

Duration
1 Year

Attendance
Full Time

Deadline
Rolling *

MA European Politics & Policy PT (W347)

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.

Course fee

MA European Politics & Policy (W346) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA European Politics & Policy (W347) 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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