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International Studies MA

Course Details

Course Code: MAINSTTFAD

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr.Owen Worth
Address:
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Email:
Owen.Worth@ul.ie
Tel:
+353-61-202635
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Brief Description

The MA in International Studies is a one year, full-time programme which uses the disciplinary insights provided by international relations theories to investigate and explain contemporary international issues such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, global inequality and globalisation .Core modules are supplemented by a wide range of departmental electives, allowing students develop expertise in areas of their own interests. 

The MA in International Studies is a one year, full-time programme which uses the disciplinary insights provided by international relations theories to investigate and explain contemporary international issues such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, global inequality and globalisation.  Core modules are supplemented by a wide range of departmental electives, allowing students develop expertise in areas of their own interests. 
For More Infromation:  www.ul.ie/ppa/postgraduate/

Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
  • Graduate Seminar in International Relations
  • Graduate Research Methods
  • One elective module from the list below
  • Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict; Research Methods (progressing dissertation)
  • Two elective modules from the list below
  • Dissertation
 Electives:
  • Graduate Seminar in Development
  • Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the European Union
  • Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory;
  • Multilevel Governance: Concepts and Practice
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Graduate Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding
  • Graduate Seminar in European Governance; Global Transformation and Exclusion
  • External Relations of the European Union
  • Russian and Post Soviet Politics
  • Foreign Aid and Development
  • Development Practice and Programme Management
  • Global Justice
  • Representative Democracy in Europe
  • International Political Economy
Field Trip:  Optional multi-day study trip to Brussels or Geneva during the spring semester, including seminar discussions with practitioners and visits to the European institutions and other international organisations.

Further module details: http://www.ul.ie/ppa/postgraduate

 

 

 

A primary degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, history, geography, political science, sociology, European studies, law), with a minimum result of a second honours, or an approved qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport

 

English Language Requirements

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) or 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
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • 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.
 

Career Prospects

The programme equips students with substantive knowledge about a variety of international political phenomena, competence in the use of social scientific research methods, as well as analytical and transferable skills.  Some graduates continue studying towards a Ph.D. or towards professional qualifications in fields such as law and commerce.  Others may go on to pursue careers in journalism, public administration, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, interest groups and business.

Graduate Testimonials

Janina Yotovo "The M.A. in International Studies programme equipped me with the knowledge and the experience necessary to be successful in my career in research and international relations. I work in the CEO’s office at IDA Ireland, the Irish Government’s Foreign Direct Investment Agency. We partner with potential and existing investors to help them establish or expand their operations in Ireland. Based in Dublin, I am responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the CEO’s office and liaising with senior management, the IDA’s Press Office, client companies, governments,
other public sector organisations, news media organizations, and other stakeholders on behalf of the CEO. I previously worked with the Technology Division at IDA, where I was responsible for providing marketing and administrative support to the team, as well as for market research and data analysis."