M.Sc. On Campus

Digital Policy

University College Dublin

12 months
18700 EUR/year
7455 EUR/year
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With support from Microsoft Ireland, University College Dublin’s School of Information and Communication studies is establishing the Microsoft-UCD Digital Policy Programme with the goal of building digital policy training and capability in Ireland and Europe.


The MSc in Digital Policy program from University College Dublin is designed to prepare graduates for careers in evaluating, implementing, and studying core topical, theoretical, and methodological issues that arise in digital policy today. 

The course will take a multi-disciplionary approach to investigating the institutional and public policy dimensions of the prevalence of digital technology, as well as the underlying social conditions (economic, political, and cultural) and public/private sector contexts that give rise to such technologies and their governance.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand both theoretical and applied issues in digital policy
  • Demonstrate advanced conceptual knowledge of digital technologies and their implications for socio-political life
  • Understand the dilemmas and tensions involved in regulating digital technologies

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Data Investigation & Storytelling
  • Data & Society
  • Digital Policy
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Information Ethics
  • Data Investigation & Storytelling
  • Media Law
  • Online Regulation
  • Data Protection and Privacy: National and International Perspectives
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Politics of European Governance
  • Qualitative Research Methods for Political Science

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should present with a primary (bachelor's) degree in any subject with an overall score of 2.1 or higher.
  • Names and contact details of two referees who can assess their intellectual ability, maturity and motivation.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
  • While applications are accepted up to August of the year of entry, offers are made to suitably qualified candidates on a first-come-first-served basis so early application is recommended. Entry to the programmes is very competitive and the number of places is limited.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18700 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 18700 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7455 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 7455 EUR per year during 12 months.

Part Time

  • EU fee per year - € 4815
  • nonEU fee per year - € 9350

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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