Taught course

International Politics

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Social Sciences and Philosophy

Entry 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. Applicants must, in addition to Trinity’s requirement to provide academic transcripts and two letters of recommendation, provide a motivation letter and one piece of written work (for example an undergraduate dissertation or essay). Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

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
and Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods.
The elective modules on offer vary from year to year. In
2015/16 these include: Government and Politics of the
European Union; European Union Policies; Environmental
Politics; International Development; The Political Economy
of Globalisation; Global Justice; International Dispute
Settlement; International Negotiations; Chinese Politics
and Politics in Authoritarian Regimes.
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.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Peter Stone
+353 1 896 4687