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International Political Economy

MSc International Political Economy

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
MSc International Political Economy - explores the international trade, monetary and finance systems, the processes of globalisation, the impact of emerging economies, and the causes and consequences of economic underdevelopment.  probes the linkages of the global economy with international environmental, human rights, gender and migration issues

includes core modules covering both the 'British' and 'American' schools of IPE.

includes additional research components and is particularly suitable if you want a career in research or academia.

Vision and Values Statement

This programme aims to transform students into specialists in International Political Economy with the capacity to critically appraise cutting edge debates at both national and international level and to be capable to carrying out policy-relevant research therein

Programme Outcomes

allow students participate in debates around both the theory and practice of IPE

boost students' research and writing skills

enhance students' skills in policy analysis

develop oral presentation skills

enhance group work skills

develop methodological research expertise

familiarise students with a comprehensive knowledge of leading issues in International Political Economy

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.


1 Year Full Time - 2 Years Part Time

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

Graduates work with international private-sector employers, government agencies and NGOs as:

Government Social Researcher
Diplomatic Advisor
Public Affairs Consultant
Political Advisor

Recent graduates of UCD School of Politics & International Relations now work in:

United Nations, New York and Geneva
World Trade Organisation
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taipei
Asia Development Bank
Dutch-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Korean Foreign Trade Association

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

The MSc International Political Economy 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


International Political Economy

Governing the Global Economy

Introduction to Statistics

Dissertation Design

Research Design and Case Study Methods

Stage 1 - Option

Critical Geopolitics of Europe

Theories of International Relations

Politics of Development

International Political Theory

Comparative Public Policy

Comparative European Politics

EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.

Politics of European Governance

Politics of Human Rights

Theory of Human Rights

The Global Political Economy of Europe

Principles of Int. Politics

Gender in Peace and Conflict

The Economics of Sust. Devel

The Politics of Inequality

Dissidents and Human Rights Defenders

Political Violence

Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa

Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East

Geopolitics of Brexit

Public Opinion and Politics

Comparative European Legislatures

Economic Globalisation and Social Change

Application date

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 following entry routes are available:

MSc International Political Economy FT (W293)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MSc International Political Economy PT (W294)
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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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