MA in Politics - Overview for 2017/2018

MA in Politics

The MA in Politics may be taken full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months from the date of first registration for the programme. The taught element of the programme runs from early September to the beginning of April.

The MA in Politics is a truly interdisciplinary programme and modules are taught by staff from the departments of History, Government and Philosophy.  This gives student a wide range of expertise on Politics to draw on, as they consider issues relating to international conflict, democracy and political participation, global justice and human rights.

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Teaching takes place in small groups: the standard method of teaching is the seminar, which gives students an opportunity to refine their thinking and communication abilities in a stimulating and collegial environment.  Students also complete a dissertation on a topic of their own choosing, which gives them the opportunity to work closely with a member of staff and to develop advanced research and analysis skills.  Students in the MA in Politics programme also have access to a wide range of visiting speakers and other activities of the three departments, all of which have a vibrant research culture.

The programme will interest those seeking a career in government, international organizations, journalism, the voluntary sector or those wishing to prepare for advanced research in this area.


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Applications should be submitted online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre:

Dr. David Fitzgerald

Lecturer in International Politics,

School of History,


+353 21 490 3755

There will be a welcome and information session on modules on Wednesday 13th September at 1pm in Room 2.44, O'Rahilly Building, UCC (2nd floor Block B). Refreshments will be provided.

Come along to have a cuppa and meet some of your class mates and lecturers.  Lecturers will give an outline of what is covered in their modules so you can make informed choices.  You will have a couple of weeks to change your mind on modules so go to as many as you can initially to see where your interests lie


Entry Requirements


In order to be permitted to proceed to this programme, a candidate must normally hold a primary degree with a Second Class Honours Grade 1 (or equivalent) in one of the following areas: Arts, Humanities, Social Science or Law. Candidates who hold a primary degree with a Second Class Honours Grade 2 will also be considered subject to a written expression of interest and/or interview acceptable to the Director of the programme.

Programme Requirements


In Part I students take modules to the value of 30 credits in Teaching Period 1 and to the value of 30 credits in Teaching Period 2, at least 10 credits of which is chosen from each participating Department/School (i.e. Government, History, Philosophy).

In Part II students complete a dissertation (PO6001) to the value of 30 credits.


All Modules 10 Credits

MODULES 2017/2018

PO6001: Compulsory Dissertation Class: Readings & Methods in Politics

   Staff, Departments of History, Government & Philosophy


School of History 

HI6060  The Politics of Terrorism

HI6092 International Relations Theories and Approaches

PO6003 Revolution, Decolonisation and the Arab Spring

HI6063 Work Placement and Portfolio


Department of Government

GV6103 Re-imagining Democratic Politics in a changing world

GV6104  Political Participation and Mobilisation

GV6115 European Security

GV6113 Governance and policy processes in the European Union

GV6114 Changing Dynamics of Governance 


Department of Philosophy 

PH6016 Territorial Rights

PH6012 Human Rights 1

PH6051 Advanced Metaethics

PH6052 Advanced Moral Psychology

PH6053 Professional Ethics: Advanced







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