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M.Sc in International Politics

The Programme At a Glance

  • Location: Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Applications: Applications open in November 2017, and there will be rolling admissions until the deadline of 30 June 2018. You are advised to apply as early as possible.
  • Tuition Fees: Please see the latest Academic Registry Schedule of Fees

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The objective of the course is to develop students' knowledge 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, and 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.

The course is of twelve months duration, on a full time basis. Teaching starts in September and the M.Sc. concludes with the submission of a dissertation the following August.

The course offers a range of modules that will deepen students' knowledge of international politics. All modules are taught around a weekly seminar and assessed on the basis of assignments and exams.

After completing the taught component of the M.Sc. in International Politics, students select their own research topic on which they write a 10,000 word dissertation. Students are supported in their research by the Dissertation Seminar, in which students present their work in progress and receive feedback. Each student is also paired with a member of staff who becomes their dissertation advisor.

Learning Outcomes

The M.Sc. in International Politics develops students' abilities to:

  1. Assess the major theories of international relations and formulate policy relevant research questions in the fields of international politics and related issues such as development and the environment.
  2. Design and conduct their own research in Political Science using relevant social scientific theories and methods.
  3. Communicate political research effectively to other researchers and wider audiences in a variety of forms.

Key Reasons to Study the M.Sc. in International Politics

In addition to the Trinity College Dublin's international standing, students undertake this course for a number of reasons including:

  1. Students learn in small seminars. Most of the Department's M.Sc. seminars have 20 or fewer students. We have welcomed students from across Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. The Department intends to keep this small size and diversity in the coming years.
  2. The Department is an internationally recognized centre of excellence for research in Political Science. Our students learn in close contact with lecturers and professors who are at the forefront of research in their subject areas. All national and international comparisons of research impact place Trinity's Department of Political Science far above other Irish universities and on a par with the best Political Science departments in Europe and the rest of the world.
  3. The course provides students with the necessary skills for a range of research-related careers in the fields of applied policy research, business, government, law, media, international aid, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations. It also will provide a solid foundation for progress to research PhDs.



Enquiries may be directed to the Director of the M.Sc. in International Politics, Dr Jesse Dillon Savage. We strongly advise that you read the page on frequently asked questions before contacting the course director.

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Last updated 7 November 2017