International War Studies

University College Dublin

24 months
9950 EUR/year
3657 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in International War Studies at University College Dublin is a two-year, dual programme offered by UCD School of History and the University of Potsdam whereby students will spend the first year of the course at the University of Potsdam and their second year at UCD.  This programme builds on long-standing research collaboration between the two universities.


This International War Studies programme enables students to:

  • Acquire a comprehensive and advanced knowledge of the main areas of the history of war in the twentieth century
  • Recognise and appreciate the many ways in which the history of war has been written and analysed.  Identify appropriate and authentic sources for the history of war
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of basic analytical techniques and theoretical issues in the field of war studies
  • Abstract and analyse information from a range of sources, including lectures, seminars, archival and library holdings, the internet and fieldwork, identifying those ideas or findings which are most significant for their research
  • Learn to self evaluate and take responsibility for continuing academic and or professional development
  • Experience two different academic cultures (in Germany and Ireland, taking advantage of the rich cultural offerings in University College Dublin, Potsdam and nearby Berlin

Programme Structure

  • Students will take a number of core modules offered by the University of Potsdam and UCD. A variety of assessment experiences allows students to develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. 
  • Over the course of the programme they will experience formative assessment through essays, presentations and work-based projects. 
  • Students will have an opportunity to engage in a work placement, providing them with practical experience outside the academic world. Students will also have the chance to pursue their own research interests by undertaking an end of year dissertation under the supervision of a staff mentor.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled.




90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants need an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.  Students will have a minimum qualification of 2.1 in a relevant subject or an equivalent UCD GPA of 3.08. 
  • For non-English speakers evidence of language proficiency is required, for example IELTS of 6.5 overall or equivalent in TOEFL with no band lower than 6.0.  Students who achieve an IELTS of 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5 will need to attend a pre-sessional language course.   Students will be selected by a joint board composed by senior academics from UCD and Potsdam.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9950 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9950 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3657 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3657 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU          Year 2 - € 3527
  • nonEU    Year 2 - € 9600


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