FAQs on the Application Process (Master & GradDip)

Q1 Do I have to pay the application fee?

A1 Yes. Until you pay it, we will not review your application because the system won't allow us to offer a place.

Q2 What is an academic reference and how can it be sent?

A2 An application requires evaluation from an academic referee. Your referee should be one of your lecturers from the university where you are doing/did your undergraduate degree. It should include a history of academic grades, and why you should be recommended to the programme.

The nominated referee should return a reference on headed paper (scanned copy) in confidence as follows:

For EU students: the reference should be returned to the Programme Administrator: mpp@ucd.ie

For Non EU students: the reference should be returned to: internationaladmissions@ucd.ie

The email must be sent from a professional email account (e.g. XYZ@harvard.edu, XYZ@politics.ox.ac.uk, XYZ@tcd.ie) not from a personal one such as Gmail or Hotmail. You may ask him/her to send the hardcopy to:
Programme Administrator, Newman Building (Room D110), University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Q3 Do I need two references?

A3 No. We only require one.

Q4 I finished my undergraduate degree a long time ago, and it is difficult to contact my lecturer. What can I do?

A4 We primarily require an academic reference. However, we would accept a reference from your current/recent employer as an exception.

Q5 Can I upload a personal statement, a letter of motivation or my CV (resume) as an additional document?

A5 Yes, you can. In the admission process, the most emphasis is placed on applicants’ academic transcripts and references. Relevant work/life experiences will also be taken into account.

Q6 Can I upload a personal statement, a letter of motivation or my CV (resume) as an additional document?

A6 Yes, you can. In the admission process, the most emphasis is placed on applicants’ academic transcripts and references. Relevant work/life experiences will also be taken into account.

FAQs on the Programmes (Master & GradDip)

Q1 As a full time student, how many lectures am I supposed to attend per week?

A1 In 2016-17, full time students are registered for:

  • 4 Core modules (10 credits each / Two in each semenster / Length: One semester)
  • Dissertation Design module (5 credits / 6 weeks in October and November)
  • 2-4 Option Modules (20 credits in total)
  • A minor thesis (10,000 words, 20 credits) due in mid-August or an Internship Placement

UCD Term Dates: http://www.ucd.ie/students/keydates.htm

Q2 How is a module run?

A2 Our modules are delivered in two hour lecture sessions every week for 12 weeks. All lectures take place between 9:00am and 6:00pm, Monday-Friday.

Q3 How is each module assessed? Do I need to sit an exam at a certain time? 

A3 A majority of the modules are assessmed with participation, essays and in-class presentation, but some involves exams. Please refere to module descriptions at UCD Course Search. Click here for instructions (PDF).

Q4 How is the part time course run?

A4 

Full time students will complete the degree in one year, while part time students spread the workload over two years.
The core modules are attended by all MPP/GradDip students regardless of their choice of stream. A range of option modules vary depending a stream.

Here is a typical timetable for part-time students:
Year 1:
Students attend Friday's core modules (Friday 2-4pm and 4-6pm)

Year 2: Students register for 20 credits worth of option modules, POL41420 Dissertation Design module and the Theis OR Internship module.

Semester 1 (Sep - Dec)
Students register for one or two option module. Students also register for the Dissertation Design module (Mon 6-8pm, timetable TBC for 2016-17)

Semester 2: (Jan - May)
Students register for one or two option module.

Semester 3 (Summer Term)
Students do not attend lectures but meet with their thesis supervisor from time to time.

Q5 Are there any modules offered in the weekday evenings and weekends?

A5 In the academic year 2016-17, we have no plan to offer modules in the evenings or weekends.

Q6 Is the timetable available?

A6 There is a link to the 2016-17 timetable for each stream in the following pages.

Should you have any further queries, contact us at mpp@ucd.ie