Course Details

Course Code:
MAPOLITFAD
Available:
Full-Time
Duration:
1 Year
Award:
Masters
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name: Dr Conor Little
Email: Conor.Little@ul.ie Telephone: +353 (0) 61 203624

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Brief Description

The MA in Politics is a one-year, full-time programme that enables students to choose the areas they wish to specialise in within the field of politics. This is a truly flexible programme that enables students to tailor the degree to their own interests, skills and future career plans. The only core modules that the MA in Politics students will be required to complete will be the two research methods modules that are common to all our postgraduate taught degrees. In addition, they can choose any two electives in the first semester and any three in the second.

The MA in Politics is a one-year, full-time programme that enables students to choose the areas they wish to specialise in within the field of politics. This is a truly flexible programme that enables students to tailor the degree to their own interests, skills and future career plans. The only core modules that the MA in Politics students will be required to complete will be the two research methods modules that are common to all our postgraduate taught degrees. In addition, they can choose any two electives in the first semester and any three in the second.

Students are required to take two core modules and five elective modules in a combination of lectures and seminar discussion. Students also complete a dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words written on a topic of their choice under the guidance of a supervisor. A minimum pass (C3) in the dissertation is a requirement for the successful examination of this programme.

Autumn Semester Spring Semester   Summer

Autumn core:

  • PO5005 Graduate Research Methods

Autumn electives (choose two):

  • PO5004 Graduate Seminar in Development
  • PO5015 Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory
  • PO5016 Graduate Seminar in International Relations
  • PO5017 Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the EU
  • PA6011 Public Administration Theory & Practice

Spring core:

  • PS5131 Graduate Research Methods

Spring electives (choose three):

  • PO5006 Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding
  • PO5007 Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict
  • PO5010 Graduate Seminar in European Governance
  • PO5232 Representative Democracy in Europe
  • PO5222 Global Justice
  • PS5121 Feminist Perspectives in Conflict and Development Issues
  • PO5008 International Political Economy
  • PO5252 Comparative Climate Policy and Politics
  • PA6032 Collaborative Governance and Leadership 
  •  Dissertation

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules

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

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    AND
    • English language competency certificate

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“This unique and flexible postgraduate programme allows students to develop skills and knowledge that can be applied in a variety of professions. The programme equips students with knowledge about a variety of political phenomena, competence in the use of social scientific research methods, and analytical and transferable skills. Given the wide-ranging choice of modules, students can pursue their interests and acquire expertise on a range of topics in political science and political theory. It is also an excellent springboard for further academic research and for public policy research in the public or private sector. Our graduates have pursued careers in business, public administration, journalism and civil society organisations.”