A degree, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, from Trinity College Dublin is recognised nationally and internationally as a mark of quality. Trinity is Ireland's leading university, and the Department of Political Science is especially highly regarded; in the 2015 QS rankings it was rated number 1 in Ireland, number 10 in Europe and number 33 in the world for 'Politics and International Studies'. The Department of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin offers three outstanding postgraduate programmes:
The M.Sc. in Political Science offers students a broad training in the main sub-fields of political science combined with a rigorous research training. The course includes modules on public opinion, government institutions and policymaking. The M.Sc. examines both domestic and international politics and the interplay between the two. The course covers the Department’s research strengths in the areas of European governance and EU politics, as well as politics in other regions and international organisations.
The M.Sc. in International Politics offers graduate students a combination of rigorous training in the study of international politics with a comprehensive empirical approach to understanding many prominent problems in contemporary world politics, especially topics where domestic and international politics cannot be understood in isolation from each other. These topics include democratisation, international cooperation, development and foreign aid, international conflict as well as the politics of many environmental issues and their implications for the politics of developing countries. Students will also receive training in research methods.
(3) PhD Programme
This 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.
The programme combines an intensive set of courses on the substance and methodology of research along with a traditional emphasis on conducting original research. In the first year students follow a number of courses in the qualitative and quantitative aspects of research, a course in political behaviour and comparative politics, which reflects the expertise and interests of most members of the Department, and develop a research proposal for the final thesis.
If you would like to apply for any of the above programmes, please apply online at: http://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/
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Other relevant Masters programmes offered by Trinity College Dublin include:
- MPhil in International Peace Studies, Irish School of Ecumenics
- MPhil Reconciliation Studies, Irish School of Ecumenics