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

1 year full-time / 2 years part-time


The MSc in International Politics is a one year full-time (two year part-time) course which enables students to develop the abilities to assess the major theories of international relations and to formulate policy relevant research questions in the field. Students will learn to design and conduct their own research using relevant social scientific theories and methods. They will also develop the skills to communicate research effectively in a variety of forms. Students take four compulsory modules, four elective modules and write a 10,000 word dissertation.   

International Politics

International Conflict

Research Design

Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

The elective modules on offer vary from year to year.  In 2022-23, these included:

Government and Politics of the EU

The Political Economy of International Development

Russian Politics under Putin

Interviews in Political Science

Great Power Politics

Middle Eastern Politics

Global Justice

European Union Policy Making

State and Society in the Developing World

Varieties of Authoritarianism

Economic Inequality and Democracy

Political Illiberalism

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Career Opportunities  

You will develop 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 as well as a solid foundation for research PhDs.

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Study International Politics (M.Sc.) at Trinity

A presentation about the International Politics M.Sc. Course at TCD, by Dr. Peter Stone at the Postgraduate Open Day.

Course Details

Next Intake

September 2023

Course Director

Dr. Noah Buckley

Closing Date

31st July 2023

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Admission Requirements

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.

Course Fees

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“The politics masters program at Trinity is one of a kind. The curriculum is thoughtfully designed. It progresses logically—first, with classes that have a familiar feel to undergraduate work, and eventually, to the fundamentals of social sciences research design and finally to producing original research independently. Trinity’s campus location in Dublin could not be better.

One of the more remarkable aspects of the experience was the minimal turbulence in a time clouded by Covid-19. Our seminars transitioned from the classroom to Zoom during the year but remained just as focused and productive—a testament to the advanced planning of the TCD staff. The students in the class of 2021 were a resilient and collaborative squad, and the faculty deserve praise for their agility (and patience). And, not to be overlooked, Irish students in the course totally outdid themselves with their efforts to introduce international students to all parts of the local culture.”

Conor McKinnon