M.A. in International Relations

1 year full-time / 2 years part-timeType of degree:
Full-time/Part-timeContact: Dr Maura Conway, maura.conway@dcu.ie
Tel: +353 1 700 6472 Room: C232

Students on this programme come not only from Ireland and Europe but from all corners of the globe including China, Nigeria and the United States. Many come directly from undergraduate studies. Our programme provides such students with the option of obtaining a focused postgraduate degree. Others, such as members of NGOs or teachers, having worked for some years already in the field, choose our programme to help further their professional development. The programme is suitable for students from a wide range of discipline backgrounds and a typical class will include those who have studied subjects as diverse as politics, law, languages, history, business, science etc.

Dublin City University’s graduate programme in international governance has five separate MA degree programmes:

MA in International Relations
MA in International Security and Conflict Studies
MA in Development

Contemporary international relations impacts on our lives in realms such as international politics, human rights, the economy, communications and trade. This degree offers a broad interdisciplinary introduction to international relations. It explores the concepts, forces and processes underpinning international relations, looking at the role of international organisations and powerful states, legal frameworks, foreign policy, and the international political economy.

Entry Requirements:Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent, but appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree, in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University.
Applicants will be ranked by prior academic achievement, their work experience where relevant, and their stated reasons for wishing to take the programme. Applicants are asked to include a 200 word statement outlining
1) why they wish to study International Relations,
2) what in their record and experience makes them suitable for the M.A. programme
3) the impact which they expect the M.A. would have on their futures.
Some applicants may be called for interview. Such interviews will be held during the month of June.

International Applications
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

Dates for Submission of Applications 2010
EU Applicants
Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http://www.pac.ie/dcu) by 31st July 2010.

Non-EU Applicants
Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http://www.pac.ie/dcu) by 30th June 2010. Later applications are accepted from non-EU applicants but for visa reasons applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible and no later than 15th July 2010.

Career Prospects:
Graduates from the programme have gone on to work for development agencies, in the media, in diplomatic services, in international businesses, in communications and to further research. In previous years the Department of Foreign Affairs and some non- governmental organisations have offered a limited number of short-term ‘stagiaire’ posts to the top graduates in each class, indicating the high regard with which the programme is held.


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