Contemporary international relations impact on our lives in realms such as international politics, human rights, the economy, communications and trade. This degree offers a broad interdisciplinary introduction to this subject. It explores the concepts, forces and processes underpinning international relations, looking at the role of powerful states and international organisations, legal frameworks, foreign policy, and the international political economy. Students come from all corners of the globe and are both recent undergraduates and those already immersed in the field (NGOs, teachers), who want to further their professional development. The programme is suitable for students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, from politics, law and languages, to history, business and sciences.

Who is eligible?

To apply for the MA in International Relations candidates should have an honours primary degree or equivalent. Appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree, in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University.

Candidates whose first language is not English will be required to submit evidence of an English Language qualification. For more information on entry requirements please consult our website.

Programme Content

Modules taught in this programme include:

  • Principles of Public International Law
  • International Political Economy
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Irish Foreign Policy
  • Political Terrorism
  • Politics of the UN
  • India: The Politics of an Emerging Economy
  • Politics of the Middle East and North Africa


The MA in International Relations is designed to be completed in one calendar year of full-time study. It consists of two (full-time) taught semesters, followed by a practical project, completed between May and early September.

The next intake for this programme will be September 2017.

DCU offers a number of scholarships to international students each year. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship from DCU you must first apply to and receive an offer for a DCU Masters programme.

Apply online for September 2017 entry at using the PAC code DC608

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Non EU - €12,600 / EU – €6750
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