MSc by Research

MSc by Research

The MSc by Research (previously MSc Government) is a one year research programme. Students select a research topic and complete a thesis of up to 40,000 words. The MSc provides for research into all aspects of government and political science and is geared towards those interested in pursuing theoretical and empirical research in these areas. The degree is run as a full-time programme taking a minimum of one year from the date of first registration.  Students may also register as part-time students and in this event the minimum period is two years and the normal maximum is four years. In certain cases students can apply to transfer to a PhD programme during their studies.

Over the course of the academic year, MSc students attend the Department of Government seminar series, and are required to make at least one presentation of their research to this forum. Methodology seminars are also provided during the year to support the research process.

Candidates for the MSc by Research must usually have obtained:
(a) at least Second Class Honours, Grade I, at a relevant primary degree examination, or (b) a primary degree and at least Second Class Honours Grade I (or equivalent) at a relevant postgraduate examination, or (c) at least Second Class Honours, Grade I, in the MSc Qualifying Examination.

The MSc is a research postgraduate Masters and as such all applications for the programme must be accompanied by a 1000-1500 word research proposal. This document should indicate an area of research interest and a research question/issue to be addressed. In terms of identifying a research interest, applicants are encouraged to consult the web pages of Departmental academic staff and should feel free to contact individual members of the Department for assistance/advice. Applicants are also invited to contact the Programme Director who will likewise be happy to advise on the drafting of research proposals. Please note that the proposal is a starting point and is likely to evolve and change during the course of the Masters programme.

Further details on the programme are available from:

Dr Aodh Quinlivan

MSc by Research Director

Department of Government

O'Rahilly Building

University College Cork. 

Tel: 00353-21-4903368



For general information on Postgraduate study, please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
University College Cork
Tel: +353 21 490 2876/3241

Department of Government and Politics

2nd Floor, Block B, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Republic of Ireland