M.Sc. Comparative European Politics

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: 15 August
Tuition fee:
  • € 10,100 / Year (EEA)
  • € 15,400 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The objective of the course is to develop students´ knowledge of comparative politics in contemporary Europe. This includes knowledge of the policies, politics of and public opinion in the European Union and its member states.

In addition, the course aims to equip students with the research training required to conduct independent political research. Therefore, in addition to substantive modules on various aspects of comparative politics, the course also includes modules on research methods.

The course provides training in substantive topics relating to governance in the European Union, in addition to developing the research and technical skills needed to undertake political science research. It is ideal for those considering a career that deals with European and global issues. The course offers students the opportunity to study in international department with excellence in teaching and research in the area of European politics and governance.


The M.Sc. course consists of nine modules. Below you will find the modules on offer for the 2010/2011 academic year and the provisional timetable (subject to change):

* Government Institutions, Mondays 1-3PM in IIIS Room (Michaelmas Term)
* Government and Politics of the EU, (Hilary Term)
* Principles of Comparative Research, Thursdays 1-4PM, Phoenix House, (Michaelmas Term)
* Electoral Behaviour, Wednesdays 10AM-12PM in IIIS Room (Michaelmas term)
* European Union Policies (Hilary Term)
* Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (Hilary Term)

Michaelmas Term runs from the week of 27 September through the week of 13 December. Hilary Term begins on the week of 17 January and continues through the week of 4 April. A dissertation seminar will be held in the summer months (specific dates will follow).

All modules are taught around a weekly seminar and assessed on the basis of assignments and exams.

In addition, students will complete a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words in length. Students who fail to achieve a satisfactory mark for the dissertation element may be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Political Science.


Candidates should have a good undergraduate degree from an established college or university. A background in a social science will be an advantage but not a necessity. Applicants are expected from candidates with a single or joint honours degree in Political Science, Economics, European Studies, History, Sociology, Business and Law.

Applicants must, in addition to the College requirement to provide academic transcripts and two letters of recommendation, provide a motivation letter and one piece of written work (for example an undergraduate dissertation or essay).

English language requirements:

* IELTS: Grade 6.5
* TOEFL: 88 iBT, 230-computer based, 570 paper based
* Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 570
TOEFL iBT® test: 88


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