Taught course

International Politics

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

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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).

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
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

The elective modules on offer vary from year to year. In 2014-2015 these included:

  • 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
  • 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    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

Dr Peter Stone
+353 1 896 4687