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MSc Politics
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
T‌he MA Politics degree, which was developed for those who wish to understand the role of politics in shaping the great issues of our day including power and conflict, distribution and inequality, relations between nations, and the new challenges of globalisation, financial crisis, national security, and climate change. 

- The course focuses on the two traditional pillars of the discipline – political theory and comparative politics.

- Comparative politics looks at the European nation-states in a comparative perspective.

- Political theory— the reflection on the nature and morality of politics.

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

Vision and Values Statement
The vision of this programme is to transform students into specialists in the field of politics at the levels of both theory and practice and to allow them participate effectively in both theoretical and practical debates in that field.

Programme Outcomes
develop students' presentational skills
develop student's research and professional development skills
enhance students' problem solving power
develop understanding of the importance of interests and influence
enhance group work skills
develop methodological research expertise
equip students with the skills necessary to understand and critically assess issues in politics and international relations

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.

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Graduates work with a wide variety of international private-sector employers, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations, in roles that include:

Government Social Researcher
Diplomatic Advisor
Public Affairs Consultant
Public Relations Officer
Political Advisor

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

United Nations, New York and Geneva
World Trade Organisation
IMF
OSCE
Asia Development Bank
Saatchi & Saatchi
Credit Suisse First Boston

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

The MSc Politics 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

Comparative European Politics
POL40540

Research Design
POL40640

Introduction to Statistics
POL40950

Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science
POL41640

Political Theory and the EU
POL42000

Stage 1 - Option
Gender War and Violence
GS40050

Asylum and Refugee: Law, Politics and Rights
LAW41310

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

EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.
POL40610

Governing the Global Economy
POL40820

Politics of European Governance
POL40970

Politics of Human Rights
POL41020

Theory of Human Rights
POL41030

The Global Political Economy of Europe
POL41650

Gender in Peace and Conflict
POL41720

The Economics of Sust. Devel
POL41740

The Politics of Inequality
POL41780

Theories of International Relations – Stream 2
POL41800

Political Violence
POL41910

Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa
POL41920

Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East
POL41930

Gender and Security
POL41970

Peace & Conflict Studies
POL41980

Ethnic Conflict
POL41990

Nationalism and Social Change
SOC40620

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Politics FT (W233)
Duration
1 Years

Attendance
Full Time

Deadline
Rolling *

MSc Politics PT (W234)
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

MSc Politics (W233) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8225
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

MSc Politics (W234) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 5405
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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