Research course

International Relations

University College Dublin · UCD School of Politics and International Relations
PhDMLitt by research

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a primary degree in Politics and have attained at least Upper Second Class Honours, with at least a Lower Second Class Honours in any other degree subject. Applicants with good qualifications in related subjects may also be considered from time to time.

International Relations

Months of entry


Course content

The Graduate Programme - International Relations (MSc, MLitt, PhD) will equip graduates with the theoretical and methodological tools to analyse the workings of the contemporary international system. Course options cover areas such as theories of international relations (both analytical and normative), international security, globalisation and regionalisation. Advanced courses in qualitative and quantitative methods, provided by the UCD College of Human Sciences, prepare research students for the writing of their MLitt or PhD thesis. The programme allows for maximum flexibility and choice for students with a single common first year whether they are registered for MSc, MLitt or PhD.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

MLitt by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Jean Brennan