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Politics, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #185 (QS) Dublin, Ireland
T?he MA Politics degree from the University College Dublin, 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.

Overview

The vision of this Politics programme from the University College Dublin 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

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.

Career

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative European Politics
  • Dissertation Design
  • Geopolitics of Brexit
  • Asylum and Refugee: Law, Politics and Rights
  • Politics of Development
  • Comparative Public Policy.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Most courses operate a rolling admissions policy with decisions being taken as soon as possible after receipt of completed applications. 

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    60

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19200 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8225 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8225 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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