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Admission Requirements

  • Applicants should have an undergraduate degree from an established college or university. A background in a social science will be an advantage but not a necessity. Applications are expected from candidates with a single or joint honours degree in Political Science, Economics, European Studies, History, Sociology, Business and Law. Other subject areas will also be considered.
  • All applicants must fulfil the College entry requirements
  • International applicants must fulfil the international student entry requirements
  • Applicants who have not been educated through the medium of English must have a minimum of the listed score on one of the following exams (note - test scores are valid for three years only):
    • IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall
    • TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based. The test taken here should be TOEFL IBT
    • University of Cambridge:
      • Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
      • Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
    • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020
    • An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-sessional Pathway Programme

Application Procedure

Applicants must upload the following documentation via the online application portal (all must be supplied in English or the original document plus official translation submitted):

  • Official transcript(s)
    • (Or unofficial/partial transcript(s) if you have not yet completed your undergraduate course). The final transcript must be submitted before an unconditional offer can be made.
  • Copy of degree certificate(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Academic references are preferable, but where these are not available professional references are acceptable also.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing sample
    • The writing sample can be a paper written for a previous course, or a chapter from an undergraduate thesis if you are writing one. It is expected to be somewhere between 12 and 20 pages long. A sample of academic or research-related writing - an essay or term paper, for example - is much preferred, but where the applicant cannot provide a sample of academic writing, other writing samples will be considered.
  • Motivation letter/personal statement
    • There is no required length for the motivation letter, a single page would suffice.
  • Valid English language test result (if applicable - see above)


Once all application documentation is in place, the Associate Course Director will assess the application and make a recommendation. This will then be reviewed by the Academic Registry office and communicated to the applicant via the application portal. If a place on the course is offered, the applicant will have three weeks to accept the place and make their deposit payment. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis during the admissions process (October to June) until the course is full. The deadline for applications for September 2020 entry is 1st August 2020; you are encouraged to apply early as competition for places is intense.

Course Enquiries

Course enquiries may be directed to the Executive Officer for Postgraduate Courses or the Associate 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 emailing. Enquiries regarding application portal functionality should be directed to Academic Registry.

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