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International Politics (M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip.)

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ; 20 places

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Course Director

Dr Peter Stone

Telephone Number

353 1 896 4687


Course Description

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, 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 M.Sc. course consists of four compulsory modules and four elective (half) modules. The compulsory modules are:

  • International Politics
  • International Conflict
  • Research Design
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

The elective modules on offer vary from year to year.

In 2017-2018 these included:

•        Global Justice

•        International Human Rights Scholarship

•        US Foreign Policy

•        International Human Rights Institutions

•        International Dispute Settlement

•        Chinese Politics

•        Media and International Politics

•        Violence and Political Order

In addition, students will complete a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words in length. Students who fail to achieve a satisfactory mark for the dissertation element may be eligible  for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Political Science.



Stephanie Kelly - Class of 2014, MSc in International Politics

I decided to take the MSc in International Politics because of the fantastic support I had from the faculty in the Political Science department during my undergraduate study, as well as the international recognition that the department garners.
I use skills acquired during the programme every single day in my role as Global Strategy Analyst for an investments firm. The analytical nature of the course, combined with a quantitative grounding, gives students an edge over more theoretical politics courses. The lecturers really go above and beyond in terms of support and challenging students to think harder, go further and question pre-conceived notions we all started with.
Political science is far from an ivory tower endeavour; in my work, markets are more and more concerned about geopolitics. The MSc has given me the knowledge and confidence to contribute to the ordinarily technical investment process.

Course Details


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Number of Places


Next Intake

September 2019

Closing Date

30 June 2019

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.

Get In Touch

Course Director

Dr Peter Stone

Telephone Number

353 1 896 4687