Applications for September 2017 entry are open.

Admission to Master & Grad Dip of Public Policy

Admission Requirements

Master of Public Policy

Each application is considered on its individual merits. The applicants should have earned a honours bachelors degree (NFQ Level 8) from a recognised universtiy in a relevant subject such as Political Science, International Relations, Social Science, Sociology, Geography, Economics, Global Studies, Public Policy, EU Studies, Law/International Law, Accounting & Finance, Business etc. with at least Upper Second Class Honours, or its equivalent (an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher in the American system). Relevant professional experience will also be taken into account.
Note that meet the requirements do not guarantee admission. Applicants in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted conditional on satisfactory completion of their undergraduate degree.

N.B. Click here for the admission requirements for the Economics Policy Stream.

Graduate Diploma in Public Policy

Each application is considered on its individual merits. The applicants should have earned an undergraduate degree with at least Lower Second Class Honours, or its equivalent. Relevant professional experience will also be taken into account. Note that meet the requirements do not guarantee admission. Applicants in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted conditional on satisfactory completion of their undergraduate degree.

How to Apply

Applications for Master & GradDip of Public Policy are reviewed on a rolling case-by-case basis, with every effort made to inform applicants whether they have been accepted, rejected, or placed on a waiting list within two weeks of the receipt of a complete application.

Applicants must apply online. The online component is accessed though the UCD Online Applications system at www.ucd.ie/apply. Applicants who experience technical difficulties applying online should contact the Online Applications Team at for further advice.

We require the following documents to be submitted:

  1. Official transcripts of prior university results with a breakdown of all module grades*
  2. One academic reference
  3. A copy of birth certificate or passport
  4. Proof of English language competence. (For non-native English speakers only. On English competence, see details below.)

The items 1, 3 and 4 must be upladed online via www.ucd.ie/apply.
The item 2, an academic reference, can be upladed online via www.ucd.ie/apply. Alternatively, a scan of the rerefence can be sent to mpp@ucd.ie (for EU students) or internationaladmissions@ucd.ie (for Non EU students).

Should you encounter technical difficulties, they can be submitted by post to Post Graduate Aministrator, College of Social Sciences and Law, Room D111, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Applicants whose first language is not English should have met the UCD English Language Requirements.  Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement.

* Applicants who completed a bachelor's degree at UCD after 2006 do not have to submit a transcript.

Fees 2017-18

Click here for EU fees and here for Non-EU Fees.

Filter search with W279 (MPP Full Time), W289 (MPP Part Time), W315 (GradDip Full Time), W316 (GradDip Part Time), Professional Certificates (W339 and W340)  

N.B. Graduate Diploma students who successfully get transferred to Master of Public Policy must pay the balance.

Application Deadline

Applications for 2017 September entry will be closed in July 2017. Until then, we accept applications on a rolling basis. We endeavour to make a decision within two weeks after complete application documents are submitted. 

Further Details

There is an FAQ page for the application process and the programme structure.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at mpp@ucd.ie 

Postal Adress: College of Social Sciences and Law Graduate School, Room D110, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 716 8643