MA European Politics & Policy

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA is structured around a set of courses dedicated to different aspects of European politics, both EU and comparative European.
  • Students will gain a well-grounded knowledge of the issues facing European governance and the manner in which different European political systems have sought to address the challenges they face in an increasingly Europeanized and globalized world.
  • MA students have the option of writing a masters thesis or doing an internship

Careers & Employability

Graduates can work within European institutions, with international private-sector employers, government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations. Organisations including the European Union, the United Nations and IMF are all potential employers, with students having the skills to compete for roles such as Government Social Researcher, Diplomatic Advisor, and Public Affairs Consultant.

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

The masters programs in European Politics and Policy-making aim to attract students interested in understanding European Politics and the challenges faced by European states in the 21st century. 

This programmme aims to equip students with a deep and comprehensive knowledge of European politics and international relations, to critically appriase events and developments in European integration, and to establish a basis for students' professional development as European policy specialists

  • Analyse topics in European politics with both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Prepare clear and concise written work and presentations across a range of political subject areas relating to European and EU politics.
  • The key learning outcome for the proposed masters will be that Students have demonstrated specialized, detailed or advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of European and EU politics.
  • Understand the structure and actors of European politics
  • develop students' research and writing skills
  • enhance students' understanding of European policy debates

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The MA European Politics and Policy is a 90-credit programme. Full-time students must take a total of 60 credits between core and optional taught modules. Students must also submit a thesis worth 30 credits that will be written during the summer trimester. MA students have the option of pursuing an internship in lieu of a thesis.

Core and Option Modules for MA European Politics and Policy Making (credits in parentheses)

Please note these are subject to change

 

Autumn Trimester

Spring Trimester

Core Modules

POL41650 Global Political Economy of Europe(10)

POL40970 Politics, European Governance (10)

POL42330 Research Design (10)

 

Option Modules

LAW41040 Law and Governance of the EU (10)

POL40050 Theories of Internat.Relations (10)

POL40100 Politics of Development (10)

POL40140 International Political Theory (10)

POL40950 Introduction to Statistics (10)

POL41020 Politics of Human Rights (10)

POL41800 Theories of Int'l Rels Stream2 (10)

POL41860 Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr (10)

POL41910 Political Violence (10)

POL41930 Psychology of Conflict in MENA (10)

POL42040 Gender & the Political System (10)

POL42340 Programming for Soc Scientists (10)

POL40160 Comparative Public Policy (10)

POL40370 International Political Econom (10)

POL40540 Comparative European Politics (10)

POL40610 EU Foreign and Security Policy (10)

POL41030 Theory of Human Rights (10)

POL41640 Qual Research Methods for Pol (10)

POL41720 Gender, Peace, and Security (10)

POL41780 The Politics of Inequality (10)

POL41870 Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr (10)

POL41980 Peace & Conflict Studies (10)

POL42000 Political Theory and the EU (10)

POL42050 Quantitative Text Analysis (10)

POL42060 International Security (10)

POL42070 Politics of (mis-)information (10)

POL42090 Engaging Brussels (10)

 

 

 

 

Summer Trimester

POL42300 SPIRe Internship (30)

or

POL42310 Thesis (30)

 

MA European Politics & Policy (W346) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 8870
nonEU    fee per year - € 20500

MA European Politics & Policy (W347) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 5820
nonEU    fee per year - € 10250

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

SPIRe operates a Graduate Scholarship programme, which opens on May 1st 2021. To access details, see SPIRe Graduate Scholarship Scheme. Please note that not all programmes are eligible for this Scholarship, please check the T&C's carefully when they become available.

  • 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.
  • English language requirements: applicants whose first language is not English should have met TOEFL, IELTs, or computer-based TOEFL requirements (600, 6.5, or 250 respectively), or the Cambridge English Test (Certificate in Advanced English at a minimum of Grade B, or Certificate of Proficiency in English at Grade C). Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement. Click here for further info.
  • 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 http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/ 
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

"Completing a Master’s at UCD was one of the best decisions of my life. Interacting with high calibre students and professors from around the world, I quickly realised how little I knew about international politics and relations, and how my cultural paradigms, mostly based on limited knowledge, have influenced my decision-making in the past. Now, whether it is in my role as a Global Purchasing Director, President of a non-profit organisation, or simply a citizen of my country, my studies at UCD have enabled me to better understand the world I live in, and consider more profoundly such elements as human rights, global climate change, or international security in my decision making."   

Sandra Perron, Canada, President Imagine Inc.

The following entry routes are available:

MA European Politics & Po (W346)
Duration
1 Years
Attend
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling*
MA European Politics & Po (W347)
Duration
2 Years
Attend
Part Time
Deadline
Rolling*

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

A comphrensive FAQ can be found here