Taught course

International Relations

Dublin City University · Faculty Of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent, but appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree, in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University.

Applicants will be ranked by prior academic achievement, their work experience where relevant, and their stated reasons for wishing to take the programme. Applicants are asked to include a 200 word statement outlining

  1. Why they wish to study International Relations,
  2. What in their record and experience makes them suitable for the M.A. programme
  3. The impact which they expect the M.A. would have on their futures.

Some applicants may be called for interview. Such interviews will be held during the month of June.

Applicants who are awaiting their degree results should indicate both the level of award expected, and their undergraduate record to date. Some applicants may be called for interview. The closing date for receipt of applications is below, though we recommend that international students apply early and we will make some decisions on international applications at an earlier date where this is necessary to allow applicants secure funding or visas.

Months of entry


Course content

Contemporary international relations affect our lives in realms such as international politics, human rights, the economy, communications, trade and environmental protection.

The MA in International Relations explores the concepts, forces, and processes underpinning international relations, as well as looking at the role of powerful states, international organisations, legal frameworks, foreign policy, and the international political economy.

Information for international students

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Michael Breen
+353 (01) 7006590