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Postgraduate Courses

Political science has been an important part of the curriculum since 1855 and Trinity College has developed an international reputation for its research work on the European Union, comparative politics, comparative public opinion, international relations as well as democracy and development. The Department of Political Science's postgraduate programmes consist of both taught and research degrees which provide students with rigorous training as well as the opportunity to write and research an original thesis.

MSc in International Politics

This one-year full-time (two-year part-time) taught MSc programme is designed to provide well-qualified graduates, in political science and related disciplines, with the analytical and research skills required to undertake a PhD in Political Science and which have proven to be highly desirable to prospective public and private sector employers.

"The emphasis was on self-directed learning, with the professors providing strong support, and facilitating engaging weekly discussions on the materials we were studying." – MSc Graduate

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PhD in Political Science

Trinity's PhD in Political Science is a creative departure from the traditional PhD offered elsewhere in much of Europe and is designed to produce rigorously trained, widely-read and well-rounded political scientists, able to take their place in the forefront of the profession.

"I will be presenting at the conference of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (EPOP) and the annual conference of Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI). These conferences provide invaluable opportunities to receive feedback on ongoing work from experts in the field as well as networking with other PhD students and academics." – PhD Student

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