International Studies

The MA in International Studies is a one year, full-time programme which uses the disciplinary insights provided by international relations theories to investigate and explain contemporary international issues such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, global inequality and child soldiers. Core modules are supplemented by a wide range of departmental electives, allowing students develop expertise in areas of their own interests.

Entry requirements

A primary degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, history, geography, political science, sociology, European studies, law), with a minimum result of a second honours, or an approved qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).

What to Include with your Application

•Qualification transcripts and certificates

•English language qualification if English is not your first language

•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.

•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


MAINSTTFAD 1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
The programme equips students with substantive knowledge about a variety of international political phenomena, competence in the use of social scientific research methods, as well as analytical and transferable skills. Some graduates continue studying towards a Ph.D. or towards professional qualifications in fields such as law and commerce. Others may go on to pursue careers in journalism, public administration, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, interest groups and business.

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Scott Fitzsimmons
Tel: +353 (0) 61 233603

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
- Graduate Seminar in International Relations
- Graduate Research Methods
- One elective module from the list below.

Spring Semester
- Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict; Research Methods (progressing dissertation)
- Two elective modules from the list below.

Summer Semester

Graduate Seminar in Development
Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the European Union
Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory;
Multilevel Governance: Concepts and Practice
Conflict Analysis
Graduate Seminar in Comparative Politics
Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding
Graduate Seminar in European Governance; Global Transformation and Exclusion
External Relations of the European Union
Russian and Post Soviet Politics
Foreign Aid and Development
Development Practice and Programme Management
Global Justice
Representative Democracy in Europe
International Political Economy

Field Trip: Optional multi-day study trip to Brussels during the spring semester, including seminar discussions with practitioners and visits to the European institutions and other international organisations.


This one calendar year full-time programme of study is intended for recent graduates and graduates with professional experience. The course is designed to attract able and ambitious candidates who wish to obtain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of contemporary problems in the international environment.

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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