M.Sc. Politics and Public Policy

Trinity College Dublin | Dublin , Ireland
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.



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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 15 August
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15400 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 10100 Year (EEA)
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

The course is of twelve months duration, on a full time basis. Teachings starts in September and the M.Sc. concludes with the submission of a dissertation the following August.

The course offers a range of modules that will deepen students' knowledge of both the policies that are agreed by governments and the political processes that underpin them. The compulsory modules are:

  • Government Institutions
  • Politics, Inequality and Socio-Economic Policy
  • Research Design
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

The elective modules on offer vary from year to year. In 2014-2015 these include:

  • Government and Politics of the European Union
  • European Union Policies
  • Environmental Politics
  • International Development
  • The Political Economy of Globalisation
  • Global Justice
  • International Dispute Settlement
  • International Negotiations
  • Chinese Politics
  • Politics in Authoritarian Regimes
All modules are taught around a weekly seminar and assessed on the basis of assignments and exams. In addition, students will complete a dissertaion 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 normally have achieved an upper second class honour degree, or higher from an established university. GPA scores of at least 3.3 out of 4, or equivalent, will be expected from international applicants. A background in a social science will be an advantage but not a necessity. Applications 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

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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