MSc Global Solutions

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Global Solutions is a new and innovative MSc programme delivered by the UCD School of Sociology. It combines academic, activist, business and policy perspectives (the AABP model) to explore and study solutions to significant global problems, including climate change, global inequalities, conflicts and social transformations.

We develop and apply an innovative AABP model that explores the intersections of
A academic knowledge and research
A activism and social movements
B business and technological innovations
P social policy
to understand the design, operations and innovative potential of global solutions.

This programme is delivered by the UCD School of Sociology

Careers & Employability

A wide range of organisations and social enterprises use the skills developed throughout the programme. Academic and analytical skills are required for work in the social research sector, including think tanks, market research and academic organisations. Focus on activism and business prepares you for working in the NGO sector and as a social entrepreneur. Policy perspective is essential for those wishing to pursue careers in the civil service, governmental organisations, and social policy.

The MSc Global Solutions at UCD is ideal for graduates who wish to innovate and focus on solutions a part of their future career.

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

The MSc Global Solutions is designed in hope and optimism that we can make our world better together and devise novel global solutions that can contribute to addressing global problems. We are looking for students who want to be active participants in shaping their and our world and learn how to create global solutions that attempt to resolve our most pressing global problems.

Throughout the programme, we explore a range of current global problems and case studies, including outreach to those involved in dealing with real-world societal problems.

The MSc Global Solutions will give students a chance to achieve following learning outcomes in academic and professional skills:

  • To expand the knowledge and understanding of global challenges across four perspectives: academic, activist, business and policy
  • To apply knowledge and understanding to specific global challenges
  • To analyse academic, activist, business and policy aspects of global challenges
    separately and in interaction
  • To design the intervention for the global challenges that would incorporate
    academic, activist, business and policy separately and within an intersectional model
  • To evaluate specific global solutions from the academic, activist, business and policy
  • To demonstrate and further develop communication, writing, presentation and
    debating skills for diverse academic and non-academic audiences
  • To apply the range of research strategies and methodologies to collect relevant
    evidence on global social change and global solutions
  • To successfully carry out a substantial piece of research through an individually-
    supervised dissertation

View All Modules Here

N.B. This list is indicative only and subject to change

Core Modules:

  • Research Design

  • Global Solutions and Applied Social Change

  • Human Development Challenges in the Global South

  • The Industries of Peace

  • Dissertation

Optional Modules


  • Nationalism and Social Change
  • Organized Violence and Society
  • AI and Society
  • Queering Global Challenges
  • Ideas, Ideology in Public Pol. 
  • Policy for Sustainable Future


MSc Global Solutions (W536) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9100
nonEU    fee per year - € 22600

***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.

Applicants should normally have a primary degree (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent) in sociology or social science, or a closely related discipline.

A Student Grade Point Average (GPA) Equivalent 3.0 out of 4.0 is required (where the grading scale is 0.0 to 4.0) or the equivalent result where another grading scale is presented.

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but can confirm professional qualifications and/or
experience will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants may be called for an interview.

All candidates are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of a certificate of proficiency (such as TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS). 

Test results must be less than two years old and must meet the minimum UCD standards listed here:

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Global Solutions FT (W536)
1 Years
Full Time

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