Applications are now closed.

January 2021 Entry supported by the Government's July Stimulus - Higher Education Initiative

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University College Dublin’s School of Politics and International Relations is the largest and most diverse in the state and combines a variety of approaches to all political matters with special expertise in particular areas. 

Government funding has been made available and the UCD School of Politics and International Relations is able to offer full fee remission for new applicants on three of our programmes* These Master's programmes will begin in January 2021 and conclude in December 2021.

Full details of the entry requirements and modules for the MSc Politics and Data ScienceMEconSc in European Public Affairs and Law or MSc Sustainable Development can be found by clicking the links.


Financial support is designed to increase access to postgraduate courses and priority will be given to:

  • Returners and Homemakers who have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring duties.
  • Those currently in employment who want to re-skill.
  • Those who were formerly self-employed and who wish to re-skill.
  • Recent graduates with at least a Level 8 qualification.

Successful applicants to full time programmes may not receive other public funding (such as BTEA, social welfare or SUSI).

For full details of these priorities, see the July Stimulus - Higher Education Initiatives.

*Fee remission not available for students who do not qualify for EU fee status.

How to Apply

Applications for the fully funded positions are now open. The closing date is 1st December 2020

To submit an application please go to and search 

W509 for the MSc in Politics and Data Science (January start)

W514 for the MEconSc in European Public Affairs and Law (January Start)

W516 for the MSc Sustainable Development (January Start)

If you are a non-EU student or otherwise ineligible for funding you can still apply for the January start MSc Sustainable Development. Normal fee rates will apply - see the fees website for details. Applications will not need to be submitted by the 1st December deadline but you should apply no later than the first week of January 2021.

Please direct informal enquiries to


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