Research Stream


The Master of Public Policy is a 90-credit programme. When starting the course, students will choose one out of the eight streams.

All Master of Public Policy students must take the following set of modules:

  • 4 Core Modules - 10 credits each, 2 hours every week for 1 semester (12 weeks), Friday Afternoons 2-4pm & 4-6pm
  • Dissertation Design Module - 5 credits, 2 hours every week for half a semester (6 weeks)
  • 2-4 Option Modules - (20 credits in total). A range of option modules will vary depending on a choice of the stream.

Students are required to submit a thesis (Approx. 10,000 words) or take up an internship placement during the summer term.

Structure & Modules

Core Modules: 

  • SPOL40450 Evidence-Based Policy Making
  • CSSL40110 Policy Analysis
  • Thesis or Internship Placement (May-Aug. 25 credits)

      Must select two of following:

  • CSSL40010 Public Administration & Policy 
  • LAW40250 Regulatory Governance
  • POL40160 Comparative Public Policy

      Must select one of folowing

  • POL40950 Introduction to Statistics
  • SOC40830 Quant Data Analytics & Apps

Option Modules:  

Module descriptions are available at UCD Course Search. Click here for instructions (PDF).