MA American Politics & Foreign Policy

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The United States arguably remains the most influential country in the world. However, a number of challenges in recent years have called into question the sustainability of American leadership abroad and prosperity at home. This includes, but is not limited to, the notion of American decline in relation to rising powers such as China and resurging ones like Russia, a political system that appears to have entered an extended period of dysfunction, recurring problems in race relations, and rising economic inequality.

This MA, the first of its kind to be established in Europe or North America, allows students to gain a sophisticated understanding of the United States, its foreign relations, and domestic politics.

This MA is designed for those people planning, or already engaged in, a career in the diplomatic service, journalism, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations. This Masters will also prepare you for a career in politics, political risk analysis, academia, and think tanks.

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

This MA is designed for those people planning, or already engaged in, a career in the diplomatic service, journalism, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations. This Masters will also prepare you for a career in politics, political risk analysis, academia, and think tanks.

This MA explores both US foreign and domestic politics. During the year you will study US relations with key regions of the world. You will also discuss issues of terrorism, nuclear proliferation, the global economy, and climate changed to name a few. You will also gain an extensive knowledge of the impact of emerging technologies, such as cyber, on international relations and the US place in the world. Race, gender, elections, and political polarization will also be addressed.

This is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners/professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of processes, policies, and outcomes in the area of American politics and foreign policy, both domestically and within the context of international affairs. We value and therefore encourage our students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who have a critical and reflective approach to the subject. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to think critically about policy and the ideas that shape it, both individually and as part of a group. As a result of this approach to learning, the programme uses teaching, learning, and assessment approaches such as the drafting of policy memoranda, one-on-one advising, small group activities, presentations, seminar discussions, policy analysis, and internships.

  • Students should be able to communicate in academic language about American politics and foreign policy using historical and theoretical concepts.
  • apply knowledge in a variety of professional settings or in the form of further study, including at the doctoral level.
  • demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public speaking with a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • develop significant expertise in a chosen subject by writing a MA thesis of approximately 12,000 words with individual supervision from an academic member of staff.
  • develop sophisticated judgments about American politics and foreign policy that encompass domestic and international/comparative perspectives.
  • learn skills that will enable them to accumulate further knowledge in this or other subjects in an autonomous manner.

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The programme is composed of 90 credits, 60 of which come from weekly small class seminars and the remaining 30 from a dissertation. Students take 50 credits of core modules taught at the UCD Clinton Institute and the remaining credits are taken from a list of optional modules from other programmes. Students are taught in small group seminars on a weekly basis.
Compulsory modules include, but may vary from year to year:

  • The Global Politics of Cyber Security
  • American Politics Today
  • The US and the Middle East
  • Challenges in US Foreign Policy

Students are also required to complete a thesis of approximately 12,000 words. 

MA American Politics & Foreign Policy (Z234) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 8240
nonEU    fee per year - € 20500

MA American Politics & Foreign Policy (Z235) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4950
nonEU    fee per year - € 10250

***Fees are subject to change

  • An upper second class honours degree (NFQ Level 8 ), or the international equivalent in the subject areas such as the  humanities, politics and international relations but not exclusively.  Consideration will be given to students with a lower GPA but they will require an interview (via SKYPE or in person) and maybe asked for additional material
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS overall 6.5 (with no band less than 6 in each element), or equivalent.
  • These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

The following entry routes are available:

MA American Politics & Fo (Z234)
Duration
1 Years
Attend
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling*
MA American Politics & Fo (Z235)
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