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Course Code: CKL07 Full-time & Part-time

Course Title: Government

College: Business and Law


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

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

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

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018: Irish/EU Fee €5,530 full-time; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee Full-time: €13,435. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study.

Entry Requirements: Minimum 2.2 Honours Primary Degree or an equivalent academic or professional qualification)in specific subject areas (see Detailed Entry Requirements).

Closing Date: To be confirmed

Next Intake: 10 September 2018


The MSc in Government programme is currently being restructured  as part of the transition of the Department of Government and Politics to the College of Arts, Celtic Studies And Social Sciences and will be relaunched as the MSc in Government and Politics in December 2017.

In the meantime, please contact the Department of Government directly for enquiries on postgraduate options in Government and Politics for 2018/2019

E: Dr Liam Weeks

P: +353-21-490-2941


Government affects our day-to-day lives. It affects the food we eat, the healthcare we receive and the taxes we pay. Modern-day governance occurs at many levels: local, regional, national, European and international.

The MSc in Government helps you understand contemporary government governance. In doing so it examines issues such as developments in democratic theory, regulatory reform, governance and international relations. It also examines contemporary policy debates at the local, national, European and international levels, looking at political reform in the Irish context, the changing dynamics of European governance as well as the challenges faced by democracy and the protection/advancement of human rights in the twenty-first century.

The MSc in Government is suitable for graduates of social science, arts, commerce, law or related disciplines.

You can take this course in one year full-time or in two years part-time.

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Course Details

The course combines six taught modules with a 15,000–20,000 word research dissertation. 

Modules (60 credits)

GV6102 Political Science Research Methods (10 credits)

GV6103 Re-imagining Democratic Politics in a Changing World (10 credits)

GV6113 Governance and policy processes in the European Union (10 credits)

GV6114 Changing Dynamics of Governance (10 credits)

GV6115 European Security (10 credits)

GV6118 Political Participation and Mobilisation (10 credits)

All modules are examined through continuous assessment.

The course will enable you to develop your research and analytical skills in the areas of government, political science and public policy. It will also give you a number of other skills, including:

  • data analysis
  • research, communication and writing skills
  • policy analysis, critical, systematic and independent thinking
  • presentation skills

The course will prepare you for positions in government, international organisations, the private, community and voluntary sectors and PhD research. Our graduates have found employment as parliamentary researchers, journalists, analysts in the banking and IT industries, press officers, teachers and some have gone on to PhD research.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Detailed Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an Honours Bachelors Degree with at least 2.2 Honours (or an equivalent academic or professional qualification) in one of the following areas: Social Science, Arts, Commerce, Law or a related discipline or equivalent professional experience as deemed appropriate by the Head of Department of Government and the School of Business. Applicants may be required to attend for interview or may be short-listed for interview.

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

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.

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: Supplementary Form CKL07 (27kB)

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Course Practicalities

Lectures for full-time students of the MSc Government take place all day Thursday and Friday. The course is designed in this way to provide students with ample time to read the materials discussed in advance of the seminar style classes and to prepare the presentations that are part of the ongoing continuing assessment.

This format also facilitates part-time students.

In year 1, part-time students take the following modules:

GV6113 Governance and policy processes in the European Union

GV6114 The Changing Dynamics of Governance

GV6115 European Security

GV6104 Political Participation and Mobilisation

These modules take place on Fridays in semesters 1 and 2.


In year 2 part-time students take:

GV6102 Political Science Research Methods

GV6103 Re-imagining Democratic Politics in a Changing World

GV6106 Dissertation

These modules are timetabled for Thursdays in semesters 1 and 2.

In recent years, students on the MSc Government have travelled on a field trip to PSAI (Political Science Association of Ireland) public events in Dublin.


All of the modules on this course are examined through continuous assessment. A variety of assessment methods are used. Examples include:

  • in-class presentations
  • reports
  • article reviews
  • book reviews
  • blog contributions
  • posters
  • portfolios and essays
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