What will I learn?

MSc International Political Economy - explores the international trade, monetary and finance systems, the processes of globalization, the impact of emerging economies, and the causes and consequences of economic underdevelopment.

  • probes the linkages of the global economy with international environmental, human rights, gender and migration issues
  • includes core modules covering both the ‘British’ and ‘American’ schools of IPE.
  • includes additional research components and is particularly suitable if you want a career in research or academia.

This programme aims to transform students into specialists in International Political Economy with the capacity to critically appraise cutting edge debates at both national and international level and to be capable to carrying out policy-relevant research therein

What modules can I take?

The MSc International Political Economy is a 90-credit programme. Full-time students must take a total of 65 credits between core and optional taught modules. Students must also submit a thesis worth 25 credits that will be written during the summer term.

Careers & Employability

Graduates work with international private-sector employers, government agencies and NGOs as:

  • Government Social Researcher
  • Diplomatic Advisor
  • Public Affairs Consultant
  • Political Advisor

Recent graduates of UCD School of Politics & International Relations now work in:

  • United Nations, New York and Geneva
  • World Trade Organization
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taipei
  • Asia Development Bank
  • IMF
  • Dutch-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Korean Foreign Trade Association

Programme Outcomes

  • allow students participate in debates around both the theory and practice of IPE
  • boost students' research and writing skills
  • enhance students' skills in policy analysis
  • develop oral presentation skills
  • enhance group work skills
  • develop methodological research expertise
  • familiarise students with a comprehensive knowledge of leading issues in International Political Economy

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€19,900.00 (US$ 23,625) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Room D104, Newman,

BELFIELD,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The normal requirement for entry to a Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. In addition course work and examinations may also be specified by the College at entry; normally these have to be satisfactorily completed in the first year of a Master’s degree programme. IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

For international students

A primary degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) in a relevant subject such as political science, international relations, social science, sociology, history, geography, economics, global studies, public policy, development studies, EU studies, law. 2H1 is equivalent to 60 per cent, B minus or 3.08 GPA - in American system: B or 3.00 GPA.

Your application will be considered on its individual merits and relevant professional experience will also be taken into account.

English language requirements: applicants whose first language is not English should have met TOEFL, IELTs, or computer-based TOEFL requirements (600, 6.5, or 250 respectively), or the Cambridge English Test (Certificate in Advanced English at a minimum of Grade B, or Certificate of Proficiency in English at Grade C). Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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