M.A. On Campus

International Relations

Dublin City University

12 months
15000 EUR/year
7400 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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At the MA in International Relations at Dublin City University you will gain an in-depth understanding of major theories, issues, and debates in contemporary international/global politics.


Why MA in International Relations at Dublin City University?

  • Develop a clear and thorough knowledge of the political, social, economic, historical, and cultural contexts of the international system and its institutions.

  • Understand specific aspects of international relations in the contemporary world, including security and conflict, development, globalisation, international law, area studies and foreign policy

  • Broaden your horizons with interdisciplinary options such as language studies and communication studies.

  • Build relationships and contacts with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, a range of specialists and policy makers that will give you a head start as you build your career.

Programme Aims and Objectives

  • Link theory, policy and practice.

  • Offer high quality academic training in international relations.

  • Give participants a critical understanding of different theories of and frameworks for international studies.

  • Enhance the practical skills of participants in the areas of research, communication, policy analysis, and programme and project management.

Career opportunities

The MA in International Relations attracts both recent undergraduates and those already established in their careers. The programme is suitable for students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, from politics, law and history to languages, business and sciences.

The knowledge and skills you acquire through this programme are highly sought by government, research organisations, the national and international non-governmental (NGO)/non-profit sector, and the inter-governmental (IGO) sector.

Potential Careers

Graduates seek work in a variety of government departments, including the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of An Taoiseach and Department of Justice, as well as international organisations including the European Union and United Nations. Others may gravitate towards agencies and NGOs such as Trócaire, Amnesty International, Concern and Oxfam, or major multinational organisations, financial services companies, the media and international business.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Relations Theory
  • Principles of Public International Law
  • Research Methodology
  • International Political Economy
  • Environmental Change and World Politics
  • Criminology
  • EU Foreign and Security Policy
  • The Politics of the Euro
  • Theories and Practices of Development
  • European and International Human Rights Law
  • Russia & The Former Soviet Space
  • Irish Foreign Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  •  A degree at the level of an Irish or UK Honours undergraduate degree (H2.2 or above) or equivalent
  • If the applicant has not yet completed their degree, then conditional offer may be made on basis of most recent grades and pending the achievement of no less than a 2.2 degree,
  •  Applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered. 
  • English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7400 EUR per year during 12 months.

Part time:

  • EU: €4,000
  • International: €7,400

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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