Taught course


University of Limerick · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Primary degree in a relevant discipline with First or Second Class Honours or an approved equivalent qualification (Primary Degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Candidates must be proficient in English

Months of entry


Course content

Autumn Semester
Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory; Graduate Research Methods; One elective module

Spring Semester
Graduate Seminar in Comparative Politics; Research Methods (progressing dissertation); Two elective modules

Graduate Seminar in Development;
Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the European Union;
Graduate Seminar in International Relations;
Multilevel Governance: concepts and practice;
Conflict Analysis; Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict;
Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding;
Graduate Seminar in European Governance;
Global Transformation and Exclusion;
External Relations of the European Union;
Ireland and Globalisation; Russian and Post Soviet Politics;
Political Economy of Ireland; Terrorism and Violent Political Extremism;
Foreign Aid and Development;
International Security;
Development Practice and Programme Management;
Global Justice;
Feminist Perspectives on Conflict and Development Issues;
Representative Democracy in Europe;
Mainstreaming Social Inclusion

Summer Semester

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Adina Preda