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International Relations MA

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Course Code: CKE45 Full-time; CKD22 Part-time

Course Title: International Relations

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

International Relations

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Qualifications: MA

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: €6,000 full-time; €3,000 per year part-time; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee Full-time: €13,000

Entry Requirements: An applicant will normally have a primary degree of at least 2.1 level in a suitable subject or the equivalent. Applications from students with a Second Class Honours Grade II degree in a suitable subject may also be considered. These applicants may be requested to submit a proposal and/or attend an interview. (see detailed entry requirements below)

Closing Date: See details in Application procedure below

Next Intake: 10 September 2018

Overview

The MA in International Relations is a one-year comprehensive course. It draws on international relations, conflict/peace studies and international history. The course explores issues such as war and peace, the international order, international crises, counterinsurgency, terrorism and foreign policy. It combines an exploration of the contemporary world with a study of the past.

Brochure outlining structure, modules, thesis and library resources available here international-relations brochure (3,382kB)

Course Details

This one-year master’s course has both taught and research phases.

Programme Requirements

Students take modules to the value of 90 credits comprising taught modules to the value of 45 credits (Part I) and a dissertation to the value of 45 credits (Part II). 

Part I
HI6026 US Foreign Policy and Contemporary History (10 credits)
HI6056 Issues in World Politics (5 credits)
HI6092 International Relations Theories and Approaches (10 credits)

Plus 20 credits from:
HI6035 Foreign Policy and Diplomacy: Case Studies in Crises and Decision-making (10 credits)
HI6045 War and Peace: the European State System from 1648 to 1990 (10 credits)
HI6060 The Politics of Terrorism (10 credits) HI6063 Work Placement and Portfolio (10 credits)

Part II
HI6100 History Dissertation (45 credits)
A dissertation of a maximum of 20,000 words must be submitted by a specified date in September.

Your thesis will be on a relevant topic within the broad areas of international relations, including international history and conflict/peace studies.

Postgraduate Certificate in History (International Relations)
Candidates who pass at least 30 credits of taught modules may opt to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in History (International Relations).

For further details and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar


Detailed Entry Requirements

To be considered for registration an applicant will normally have; (a) a primary degree of at least Second Class Honours Grade I level in a suitable subject or the equivalent (b) Applications from students with a Second Class Honours Grade II degree in a suitable subject may also be considered. These applicants may be requested to submit a proposal and/or attend an interview.

All candidates must satisfy a Selection Committee who may request applicants to provide letters of reference.

N.B. Before completing the online application and online Supplementary Question Form, intending candidates must consult with the relevant course co-ordinators or prospective supervisors to discuss/confirm their proposed research area (Course Co-Ordinator names and contact details are available in the Course Content section further down). Following this consultation the proposed supervisor should be named on the online supplementary questions form.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

IMPORTANT NOTE: Before completing the online application and online Supplementary Question Form (see further details below), intending candidates must consult with the relevant course co-ordinator or prospective supervisor to discuss/confirm their proposed research area. Following this consultation the proposed supervisor should be named on the online supplementary questions form.

Course Coordinator
Dr. Mervyn O'Driscoll
School of History
University College Cork
Email:  mervyn.odriscoll@ucc.ie
Tel: +353 (0)21 4903477

Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

In addition to applying online, applicants will also be asked to COMPLETE online Supplementary Questions which include the name of a proposed supervisor and proposed title of your research (to be returned online together with your PAC application form)

A copy of the Supplementary Questions form is available to view here: CKE45supplementaryform (57kB)‌‎

The School of History may ask applicants to provide letters of reference if necessary, when considering applications. 

All other required supporting documentation (e.g. evidence of non-UCC undergraduate/postgraduate qualifications) must be UPLOADED via the PAC "Application Status" link or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway (marked with the applicants PAC application number)

Course Practicalities

You will be expected to attend 144 lecture/seminar hours in UCC.

Assessment

The taught half of the course is centred on continuous assessment such as long and short essays, the compilation of portfolios, policy papers, in-class exercises, analysis of international texts, class participation, and oral presentations. There is one formal written examination.

The 50% weighting for the thesis reflects the importance of independent research.

Who Teaches This Course

Dr Mike Cosgrave: military history, leadership in history and international organisations.

Dr David FitzGerald: specialist in American military and foreign policy, especially counterinsurgency warfare and ‘small wars’.

Dr Detmar Klein: nineteenth- and twentieth-century French and German history.

Dr Mervyn O’Driscoll: nuclear history, foreign policy, European integration and IR theory.

Professor Geoffrey Roberts: specialist in international history, Soviet and Russian foreign policy and IR theory.

Professor David Ryan: specialist in contemporary history, American history and US foreign policy. 

Further Contact Information

Course Coordinator
Dr. Mervyn O'Driscoll
School of History
University College Cork
Email:  mervyn.odriscoll@ucc.ie
Tel: +353 (0)21 4903477

School Administrators
Deirdre O'Sullivan/Geraldine McAllister,
School of History
University College Cork
+353 (0)21 4902755 deirdre@ucc.ie

 

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