The aim of this programme is to analyse in a scholarly, critical and methodologically sophisticated manner various aspects of modern Irish political life.
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent recognised qualification in Politics or a related subject.
Applicants who are non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Border Agency (UKBA) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes, normally by providing evidence of one of the following:
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Afternoon and evening.
Normally self-funded. If there are any School bursaries, they will be advertised on the School's website
The programme comprises five taught modules covering methods training, the analysis of various aspects of Irish politics and the study of Northern Ireland from a comparative perspective. Students currently take:
Approaches to Social Science Research
The Government and Institutions of Northern Ireland
Ireland and Europe
The Politics of Northern Ireland
The Politics of the Republic of Ireland
and one of:
International Political Economy
International Political Philosophy
Issues in European Governance
or two half-modules from the following:
Comparative Ethnic Conflict: Case Study A
Comparative Ethnic Conflict: Case Study B
Democracy Freedom and Equality
Ethics and Foreign Policy
Green Political Theory
Illicit Political Economies
Media and Conflict
Politics and Cultural Forms
Theories of Modernity
Utopias and Utopianism
Plus a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.
Examination and continuous assessment.
All of the MA programmes offered in the School provide an appropriate basis for those who wish to proceed to Doctoral study. In addition, our graduates go on to a wide range of careers in both the private and public sectors.
It is also possible to study for a Diploma in each of the areas covered by the MA programme. The Diploma is constructed around the coursework elements of the MA programme. On successful completion of the coursework it is possible to complete the dissertation for an award of MA.
last updated 26.10.11