Masters Programmes

The graduate programme in the UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) encompasses master’s degrees and graduate diplomas in a wide range of areas, including development studies, European affairs, human rights, international relations, Irish and European politics, nationalism and ethnic conflict, and political theory. In particular, we offer both MSc and MA programmes in four subject areas, three interdisciplinary master’s degrees, and two graduate diplomas. Basic information on all these programmes is available below, with further details available by clicking on the various programmes’ titles.

SPIRe currently has nearly 150 postgraduate students from over 30 countries. In addition to their studies, these students have access to visiting speakers and other activities of the School's three research centres: the Centre for Sustainable Development Solutions, the Dublin European Institute, and the Institute for British-Irish Studies.

Our graduates work at leading universities and in governments, EU institutions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, the media, business and the voluntary sector. They are known for their ability to communicate clearly and effectively about complex issues, their ability to analyse and resolve difficult problems, and their contribution to cutting-edge scholarship.

In addition to the programmes below SPIRe collaborates within the college to offer various Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Graduate Programmes

Thematic Graduate Taught Programmes

If you have any queires , please contact SPIRe at graduatespire@ucd.ie.

SPIRe Masters and Graduate Diploma Programmes

Show/hide contentOpenClose All

The MA Politics degree, which was developed for those who wish to understand the role of politics in shaping the great issues of our day including power and conflict, distribution and inequality, relations between nations, and the new challenges of globalisation, financial crisis, national security, and climate change.

MA: For more information on this programme click here

MSc: For more information on this programme click here

This programme is designed to deepen knowledge and understanding of the domestic and regional politics of the Middle East. It is structured around a set of thematic modules that encourage students to explore political dynamics in the region from a number of different perspectives

 For more information on this programme click here

The MA Politics and International Relations is designed to accommodate the scheduling needs of working professionals in government, journalism, the NGO sector and other areas who wish to deepen their education in politics and international relations whilst continuing their employment

For more information on this programme click here

MA/MSc International Relations probes into the causes and consequences of phenomena such as war, trade, regional integration, migration and terrorism.

MA: For more information on this programme click here

MSc: For more information on this programme click here

The MA/MSc is structured around a set of courses dedicated to different aspects of European politics, both EU and comparative European.

MA (full time): For more information on this programme click here

MA (part time): For more information on this programme click here

MSc: For more information on this programme click here

As a crucial part of understanding our human condition, political theory has always been held to be a valuable activity. More recently, however, changes in contemporary societies have made such systematic thinking about politics indispensable to understanding and participating in the life of our own state and a newly global world.

For more information on this programme click here

This programme uses comparative political science models and methods to analyse patterns of conflict and settlement, with a focus on internal violent conflicts, past and present.

MA: For more information on this programme click here

MSc: For more information on this programme click here

The MA/MSc in International Development is designed to provide you with an interdisciplinary understanding of the process of development by bringing together expertise in politics, economics, agriculture, political economy and other areas.

MA: For more information on this programme click here

MSc: For more information on this programme click here

An intensive, multi-disciplinary and tightly-focused programme of study on the European Union; its development, structures, decision-making and law as well as a major focus on the Union’s growing international role and capacity.

For more information on this programme click here

MA/MSc International Political Economy - explores the international trade, monetary and finance systems, the processes of globalisation, the impact of emerging economies, and the causes and consequences of economic underdevelopment.

MA: For more information on this programme click here

MSc: For more information on this programme click here

The MSc in Human Rights is a one-year intensive course that prepares you for a career in human rights research, policy or advocacy in international organisations, governmental and non-governmental bodies, or academia.

For more information on this programme click here

The Masters in Development Practice (MDP) is a two-year fulltime or four-year part-time programme that offers professional trans-disciplinary graduate degree training that addresses the challenges of sustainable development through a blend of rigorous academic courses and practical engagements.

For more information on this programme click here

The Grad Dip Politics and International Relations is designed to accommodate the scheduling needs of working professionals in government, journalism, the NGO sector and other areas who wish to deepen their education in politics and international relations whilst continuing their employment.

For more information on this programme click here

The Grad Dip  in International Development is designed to provide you with an interdisciplinary understanding of the process of development by bringing together expertise in politics, economics, agriculture, political economy and other areas.

For more information on this programme click here