Postgraduate Diploma On Campus

Politics and International Relations

University College Dublin

12 months
13270 EUR/year
6815 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Grad Dip Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin is designed to accommodate the scheduling needs of working professionals in government, journalism, the NGO sector and other areas who wish to deepen their education in politics and international relations whilst continuing their employment.


This Politics and International Relations programme at University College Dublin aims to provide a comprehensive and critical grounding in key issues in politics and international relations and to allow students critically engage with cutting edge issues in the discipline.


Graduates work with a wide variety of international private-sector employers, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations such as:

  • Public Affairs Consultant 
  • Government Social Researcher
  • Diplomatic Advisor
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Political Advisor

Recent graduates of UCD School of Politics & International Relations now work in:

  • European Parliament
  • OSCE
  • European Institute for the Media
  • Korean Delegation to the OECD
  • KPMG Management Consulting
  • Queen's University Belfast

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories of International Relations
  • Politics of Development
  • International Political Theory
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • International Political Economy.

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

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


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On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

This programme is intended for applicants at least a lower or upper second class honours (2.2) or international equivalent in their primary degree 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.

  • Professional experience may also be taken into account.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should have met the English language requirements as listed on the following link. Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13270 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13270 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6815 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6815 EUR per year during 12 months.

Part Time

  • EU fee per year - € 4510
  • nonEU fee per year - € 6635

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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