Description of Geopolitics and the Global Economy


Who is the MA in Geopolitics and the Global Economy for?

Applications are welcome from graduates from any discipline, though undergraduate disciplines with a thematic link to geography, political science, history, economics or sociology may be advantageous. The programme would also be suitable for those with a professional background in related fields who might wish to develop and broaden their skillset.

What will I learn?

The Geopolitics and the Global Economy programme will provide you with an opportunity to develop reading, writing and critical thinking skills in those areas, from a variety of perspectives and covering a number of world regions.

How will I benefit?

You will develop your knowledge and skillset to a high level and also hone your skills in independent research under the supervision of a staff of academic experts in their fields. It is thus a degree that can either stand on its own or serve as a springboard for those with an ambition to progress towards doctoral study in the future, or non-academic jobs.

What is the programme about?

The programme aims to produce graduates who are able to analyze and interpret the world in which we live, depending on your chosen research focus, including but not limited to:

  • War, conflict resolution and peace
  • Global economic processes
  • Global political events
  • The knowledge economy
  • Local, national and regional economic development

Where can I go?

This programme will provide you with a range of academic and transferable skills that will be a benefit in many careers. Graduates of this programme may progress to doctoral study, careers in government, international aid agencies, global multilateral agencies (United Nations, World Bank, UNICEF, etc.), human rights institutions (Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, etc.), think tanks and research bodies. It is a new programme, therefore please see also the MA Geography programme to see what careers our graduates have gone on to in recent years for more detailed information.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline As early as possible
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 6000 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits 90

The programme comprises of a total of 90 credits with 60 credits of taught modules and a 30 credit thesis.

Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The programme comprises of a total of 90 credits with 60 credits of taught modules and a 30 credit thesis. The core modules focus on research design skills, methodology, and a fieldtrip. The thesis, which involves the production of a piece of original research (of around 18,000-25,000 words) supervised by members of the School academic staff with a wealth of experience in research areas such as: the Environment and Sustainable Development, Urban Studies, the Geography and Geopolitics of regions such as Ireland, the wider European Union, Latin America, the Middle East and the US, Irish geographical history, migration, the global economic crisis, as well as the knowledge economy.

Please note the curriculum is subject to a year by year review and the modules below may or may not be available in any given year), additionally, choice of certain optional modules precludes choice of others, please contact the Graduate Administrator for information.

Core Modules (30 Credits)

Module Code / Module / Credits

  • GEOG 40360 / Geographic Analysis / 5
  • PEP 40640 / Research Design and Methods / 5
  • GEOG 40470 / International Economic Crisis / 10
  • GEOG 40610 / Political/Economic Fieldtrip / 10


Module Code / Module / Credits

  • GEOG 40430 / US Foreign Policy / 10
  • GEOG 40450 / Physical Geography of Europe / 10
  • GEOG 40550 / Evolutionary Economic Geography / 10
  • PEP 40250 / Urban and Regional Development / 5

A maximum of 25 credits of your option modules can come from the following list:

Module Code / Module / Credits

  • AMST 40010 / America and Globalisation / 10
  • AMST 40310 / America and the Contemporary World / 10
  • PHIL 41020 / Questions of Sovereignty / 10
  • POL 40140 / International Political Theory / 10
  • POL 40320 / Africa: Crisis or Opportunity / 10
  • POL 40380 / Ethnicity and Conflict / 10
  • POL 40390 / Northern Ireland / 10
  • POL 40590 / The Economics of Europe / 10
  • POL 40820 / Governing the Global Economy / 10
  • SOC 40230 / Economic Globalisation and Society / 10


Our programme emphasises global issues and local and regional case studies from around the world.

Programme Highlights

  • Field trip in Europe in semester 2
  • Courses focusing on key global political and economic events, including US foreign policy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the knowledge economy, and the current global economic crisis.
  • Independent research in your chosen field.
  • Many modules available to our students in related disciplines like Political Science, History, Economics, Sociology and American Studies.
  • Geography and Area Studies in UCD is ranked in the top 100 in the QS world university rankings by subject (51-100)

Requirements for Geopolitics and the Global Economy

If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes.

You will need:

An undergraduate degree in any academic field, with a preference for fields of study related to your chosen stream.

Good academic grades (your transcript should include grades for each subject taken).

Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation. At least one of these should be a member of academic staff at your current institution.

Applications to this programme for September 2014 are open now and are considered on a rolling basis. The School of GPEP recommends that you make your application as early as possible, as late application may mean no further places are available.

Work Experience for Geopolitics and the Global Economy

No work experience is required.

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