MA in International Relations @DCU

Dublin City University
Dublin City University

DCU’s MA in International Relations is the oldest and largest of its kind in Ireland, offering a broad interdisciplinary introduction to field.

Contemporary international relations impacts on our lives in many ways, particularly in the realms of international politics, human rights, the economy, communications and trade. Dublin City University’s MA in International Relations offers a broad interdisciplinary introduction to the subject and its associated areas. Students on this programme will have the opportunity to explore 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.


The MA is delivered by the School of Law and Government, which is comprised of leading academics from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds working on issues from politics and international relations, to development studies, gender, education, intercultural studies, law and economics. Students on all of our programmes benefit from the expertise of dedicated, research active lecturers and innovative, engaging approaches to teaching and will learn in an international and intercultural class group. Students gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, making graduates of these degrees most attractive to employers.


Our students come not only from Ireland and Europe, but from all corners of the globe, from China to Nigeria and the United States. Many come directly from undergraduate studies. Our programme options provide such students with the opportunity to obtain a focused postgraduate degree. Others, such as members of NGOs or educational professionals, having worked for some years already in the field, choose the MA in International Relations to help further their professional development. Our experience suggests that the MA in International Relations is suitable for students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, and a typical class will include those who have studied subjects as diverse as politics, law, languages, history, business, science and so on.


Dublin City University

DCU is situated on an 85 acre campus three miles north of the River Liffey in the city centre and just a 15-minute drive from Dublin airport. With the city just a 20-minute bus drive away, students of DCU have the best of both worlds: the social and cultural benefits of one of Europe’s most vibrant capital cities, but with the security and collegiality of a university campus built very much for today. Our international students currently come from over 100 countries reflecting Ireland’s global positioning. DCU is an intercultural campus with all continents are represented. Education has a long and honourable tradition in Ireland and is considered a fundamental right in our constitution. As a result of a sustained investment in this area Ireland now has one of the highest educational participation rates in the world – 81 per cent of Irish students complete second-level and approx 60 per cent go on to higher education.


Applicants to the MA in International Relations will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent from any discipline. Appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and relevant work experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree, in accordance with the relevant regulations of Dublin City University.


To apply for the programme, visit the central Postgraduate Applications Centre at to complete an online application. For further information on the MA in International Relations please visit the School of Law and Government’s website at or contact Michael Breen at



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: