“Having spent years working in news I’d always wanted to get behind the headlines. This master offers a fascinating insight into the policies, ideologies and people that have shaped the US and thus our world order”. – Niamh Sammon, (former student)
The MA in American Politics and Foreign Policy encourages students to comprehend the how and why of the subject. Throughout the modules, you will encounter diverse perspectives but the main emphasis will be upon scholarly and/or policy-oriented readings and discussions.
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The MA in American Politics and Foreign Policy is designed for those people planning, or already engaged in, a career in the diplomatic service, journalism, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations. This master will also prepare you for a career in politics, political risk analysis, academia, and think tanks.
The MA in American Politics and Foreign Policy encourages students to comprehend the how and why of the subject. Throughout the modules, you will encounter different perspectives but the main emphasis will be upon scholarly and/or policy-oriented readings and discussions. At the end of the program, you will be able to examine and critically evaluate complex questions such as:
- What are the main challenges to US National Security and how are they confronted?
- How is the American political system dealing with an increasingly diverse American society?
- To what extent has the revolution in Information and Communication Technology transformed Global Politics and US foreign policy?
- What are the meanings and the implications of the debates surrounding the key concepts of the US Empire, US Decline, US Grand Strategy, and US Power?
This is a provisional list of core modules and is subject to final confirmation. Each module tutor will provide students with documentation setting out the structure and content of the module. 10 credit modules normally consist of weekly two-hour seminars. These are group discussion classes where students are expected to bring up issues arising from their independent study.
- The International Politics of Cyber-Space AMST40560 (10 credits)
- Challenges in Contemporary US Foreign Policy AMST40310 (10 credits)
- American Politics Today AMST40540 (10 credits)
- The U.S. and the Middle East AMST40570 (10 credits)
- US Foreign Policy in the Middle East AMST40520 (5 credits)
- Research Skills and Methods AMST40480 (10 credits)
- Dissertation AMST40150 (30 credits)
Applicants for the MA should hold one of the following qualifications:
- A first class or second class, grade 1 degree
- A US or Canadian degree with a GPA of 3.5
- If an applicant doesn’t meet the normal entry requirement of a Level 8 degree, in exceptional circumstances they would normally present another qualification or award along with extensive work experience in order to be considered.
The fees quoted exclude the student centre levy.
The Institute offers a limited number of Scholarships (reduction on fees) to non-EU students.
Students apply online at www.ucd.ie/apply and decisions are made on a rolling basis. A conditional offer can be made if you are still waiting in your final exam results.
The following documents should be uploaded with your application. In addition to completing the application form you will need the following:
- Two academic references.
- A personal statement (700 – 1000 words) of interest and or experience relevant to the programme.
- A 300-word dissertation proposal. You should outline the subject or topic that you are currently interested in researching and writing on. You can change your mind once you have started the programme.
- Academic transcripts (UCD students do not need to upload these).
- Copy of I.D. (eg. passport or driving licence).
- Applicants whose native language is not English must provide an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge certificate of proficiency in English. It is expected that should normally have reached an overall 6.5 (IELTS) with no section less than 6.
Once a student has accepted a place on the programme they will have to submit all the original documents (hard copies) to:
Online Application Office, Tierney Building, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
If you have any questions on the process please contact us.
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