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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.

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

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.


1 Year Full Time - 2 Years Part Time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

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

Thesis POL40190

International Political Economy POL40370

Governing the Global Economy POL40820

Introduction to Statistics POL40950

Dissertation Design POL41420

Research Design and Case Study Methods POL41640

Stage 1 - Option

Global Justice and Development EQUL40110

Critical Geopolitics of Europe GEOG40450

Theories of International Relations POL40050

Politics of Development POL40100

International Political Theory POL40140

Comparative Public Policy POL40160

Africa: Crisis and Opportunity? POL40320

Ethnicity and Conflict POL40380

Comparative European Politics POL40540

Politics of European Governance POL40970

Politics of Human Rights POL41020

Theory of Human Rights POL41030

Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa POL41510

The Global Political Economy of Europe POL41650

Principles of Int. Politics POL41660

The Ethics of Immigration and Citizenship POL41710

Gender in Peace and Conflict POL41720

The Economics of Sust. Devel POL41740

Capital in the 21st century POL41780

Globalisation and Labour POL41790

Political Psychology POL41810

Challenges to Accountability in Developing Countries

Dissidents and Human Rights Defenders POL41830

Military Intervention & Peace POL41900

Political Violence POL41910

Economic Globalisation and Social Change SOC40230

Application date

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: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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