International Studies MA From University of Limerick

Program Overview

The MA in International Studies is a one year, full-time programme which uses the disciplinary insights provided by international relations theories to investigate and explain contemporary international issues such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, global inequality and globalisation.  Core modules are supplemented by a wide range of departmental electives, allowing students develop expertise in areas of their own interests. 



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Autumn Semester    

  • Graduate Seminar in International Relations
  • Graduate Research Methods
  • One elective module from the list below

Spring Semester    

  • Graduate Seminar in International Co-operation and Conflict; Research Methods (progressing dissertation)
  • Two elective modules from the list below

Summer Semester



  • Graduate Seminar in Development
  • Graduate Seminar in Institutions and Policies of the European Union
  • Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Political Theory;
  • Multilevel Governance: Concepts and Practice
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Graduate Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • Graduate Seminar in Peacebuilding
  • Graduate Seminar in European Governance; Global Transformation and Exclusion
  • External Relations of the European Union
  • Russian and Post Soviet Politics
  • Foreign Aid and Development
  • Development Practice and Programme Management
  • Global Justice
  • Representative Democracy in Europe
  • International Political Economy
  • Dissertation

A primary degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, history, geography, political science, sociology, European studies, law), with a minimum result of a second honours, or an approved qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status

The programme equips students with substantive knowledge about a variety of international political phenomena, competence in the use of social scientific research methods, as well as analytical and transferable skills.  Some graduates continue studying towards a Ph.D. or towards professional qualifications in fields such as law and commerce.  Others may go on to pursue careers in journalism, public administration, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, interest groups and business.


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