Program Overview

The pace of change in our world continues to grow. Countries and peoples are connected in increasingly complex ways. The list of challenges – and opportunities – is long, including populism, inequality, climate change, conflict, and governance. A better understanding of the world and the processes at work are essential. This MA programme aims to equip you with tools to analyse our world the choices we face.

The DCU MA in International Relations is the oldest in Dublin and is known for its dedicated staff and diverse student body.  We welcome students from all over the world, as well as those with different career experiences, and those who have studied very different subjects at the undergraduate level.  Our intellectual approach is also diverse. We see international relations as the meeting point of diverse theoretical, disciplinary, and geographical perspectives.  



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 92


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Year 1 Core Modules:

  • Dissertation

  • Int.Relations Theory

  • Principles of Public International Law

  • Research Methodology

  • International Political Economy


Year 1 Optional Modules -

  • Gender Sexuality and Migration

  • Environmental Change and World Politics

  • EU Foreign and Security Policy

  • Emerging Issues in Security

  • Politics and Foreign Policy of China

  • Statehood and Recognition in World Politics

  • Race, Minorities & Indigenous in Int'l Law

  • The Governance of Migration in Europe

  • International Development Practice

  • European and International Human Rights Law

  • Russia & The Former Soviet Space

  • Irish Foreign Policy

  • Politics & Development in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Politics of the UN

  • Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

  • War and Peace in South Asia

  • Religion, Human Values & Intl Relations

  • Uaneen Non-Contributing Module 


Year 2 Optional Modules -

  • Uaneen Non-Contributing Module

General Entry Requirements

For admission to the MA in International Relations, successful applicants will have - 

  • A degree at the level of an Irish or UK Honours undergraduate degree (H2.2 or above) or equivalent

  • If the applicant has not yet completed their degree, then conditional offer may be made on basis of most recent grades and pending the achievement of no less than a H2.2 degree,

  • Applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered. This includes discipline-specific knowledge and know-how; transferable skills; basic research competency; personal effectiveness.

  • International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.

IELTS ACADEMIC    Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component

TOEFL iBT    Total Score of 92

Non EU Fees


  • Public Policy Analyst

  • Financial/Economic Analyst

  • Social Policy Program Officer

  • Foreign Service Officer

  • Immigration and Revenue Officer

  • Legislative Analyst

  • Political Aide

  • Politician

  • Lobbyist

  • Diplomat

  • Economic Development Officer

  • Editor

  • Press Officer

  • Print Journalist

  • Publisher

  • Public Relations Specialist

  • Television and Radio Journalist


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