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MSc in International Politics

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.
Find out more about the MSc in International Politics

What is the MSc in International Politics?

The MSc in International Politics is a one year full-time (two year part-time) course which develops students' abilities to assess the major theories of international relations and to formulate policy relevant research questions in the field. Students design and conduct their own research in political science using relevant social scientific theories and methods and learn to communicate their research effectively to other researchers and wider audiences in a variety of forms.

Course Structure

The course offers a range of compulsory and elective modules that will deepen students' knowledge of international politics. In the first semester, students take core modules in International Politics, International Conflict and Research Design.In the second semester, students may choose from a wide range of optional modules which vary from year to year. Visit the course content section for more details.

All modules are taught around a weekly seminar and assessed on the basis of assignments and exams. After completing the taught component of the MSc 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.

Is it for me?

The course attracts a diverse international student body with students regularly attending from across Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. Generally there are fewer than 20 students in MSc seminars and 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.

From a career perspective political science is an extremely flexible and practical subject. Many students progress to PhD study and the programme is extremely relevant to those considering careers that deal with national, European or international issues. 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. For non-EU students, it is possible to stay and work in Ireland following course completion using a Stamp 1G visa; see the Trinity Careers Service and the Department of Justice and Equality site for details.

What are the admission requirements?

Applications will open in October 2019, and there will be rolling admissions until the deadline of 30 June 2020. You are advised to apply as early as possible.

Candidates should normally have achieved an upper second class honour degree or higher from an established university. GPA scores of at least 3.3 out of 4, or equivalent, will be expected from international applicants. 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.

Please visit the Admissions Requirements section for additional details.

What are the fees?

For details regarding fees please visit the Academic Registry website. The Department is not in a position to offer scholarships/fee waivers to incoming students; prospective applicants are recommended to investigate funding/scholarship options before making an application e.g:

It may also be possible to claim tax relief on tuition fees, see the Revenue site for details.

Further Information

Enquiries may be directed to the Executive Officer for Postgraduate Courses or the Associate Director of the MSc in International Politics, Dr Jesse Dillon Savage. We strongly advise that you read the page on Frequently Asked Questions before emailing.