MA Geopolitics & the Global Economy

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The programme aims to produce graduates who are able to analyze and interpret the world in which we live, depending on your chosen research focus, including but not limited to:


  • War, conflict resolution and peace
  • Global economic processes
  • Global political events
  • The knowledge economy
  • Local, national and regional economic development 

An overview of our programme is also available on Youtube:

Careers & Employability

Graduates work in government agencies, international aid agencies, global multilateral agencies, human rights institutions, think-tanks, research bodies and private firms in roles such as researchers, lecturers, aids workers, GIS specialists, planners and local government officials.
Graduates now work in organisations such as:

  • UN
  • World Bank
  • Amnesty International
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Deloitte & Touche

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Applications are welcome from graduates from any discipline, though undergraduate disciplines with a thematic link to geography, political science, history, economics or sociology may be advantageous. The programme would also be suitable for those with a professional background in related fields who might wish to develop and broaden their skillset.

This MA seeks to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become outstanding researchers in the fields of Geopolitics and Global Political Economy. Competences and skills acquired are directly transferable to a range of employment opportunities, including in the public, NGO and private sectors. The programme combines a strong core curriculum with flexibility in the choice of research topics selected by students. Through modules and independent research, students develop their own interests under the supervision of a member of staff with relevant expertise.

  • Develop writing skills in the form of academic articles and a thesis.
  • Establish contacts with political and economic actors and policy-makers.
  • Gain critical reading skills in the area of Geopolitics and Global Political Economy.
  • Learn field-based investigation methods and techniques.
  • Learn research techniques and methodologies.
  • Obtain knowledge of current affairs and historical events as related to international affairs.

MA Geopolitics & the Global Economy (W262) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7990
nonEU    fee per year - € 21520

MA Geopolitics & the Global Economy (W420) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 5200
nonEU    fee per year - € 10760

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on Please note that the costs of travel and subsistence for some fieldwork modules are borne by the student. 

UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD masters programme. Please see or for further information.

  • This programme is intended for applicants with an honours bachelors degree (NFQ Level 8) or international equivalent in any discipline including geography, political science, history, anthropology, economics and sociology, or professionals working in related fields.
  • Applicants should have a minimum of an upper second class honours (2:1) degree or international equivalent at bachelors level. Applicants with a 2.2. may be considered after interview in exceptional circumstances.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
  • Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information 
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

Ryan McCarrel, US,International Research Fellow at The Caucasus Research Resource Center – Azerbaijan

Getting my MA in Geopolitics and the Global Economy at UCD gave me an opportunity to study with some leading academics in their field. Lectures were engaging and thoughtprovoking, challenging me to think critically about some of the most prescient issues confronting the world today.

The following entry routes are available:

MA Geopolitics & the Global Economy FT (W262)
1 Years
Full Time
MA Geopolitics & the Global Economy PT (W420)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised