Taught course

Politics and Public Policy

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 3.5 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 the 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 comparative politics in contemporary Europe. This includes
knowledge of the policies, politics of and public opinion in
the European Union and its member states. In addition, the
course aims to equip students with the research training
required to conduct independent political research. Therefore,
in addition to substantive modules on various aspects of
comparative politics, the course also includes modules on
research methods.
The course provides training in substantive topics relating to
governance in the European Union, in addition to developing
the research and technical skills needed to undertake political
science research. It is ideal for those considering a career that
deals with European and global issues. The course is of twelve
months duration, on a full time basis. Teachings starts in
September and the M.Sc. concludes with the submission
of a dissertation the following August.
The course offers a range of modules that will deepen
students’ knowledge of both the policies that are agreed
by governments and the political processes that underpin
them. The compulsory modules are Government Institutions;
Politics, Inequality and Socio-Economic Policy; 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
All modules are taught around a weekly seminar and assessed
on the basis of assignments and examinations. 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


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Tom Louwerse
+353 1 896 4687