MA American Politics & Foreign Policy
University College Dublin
1 - 2 year
Full time, Part time
EUR 22,600 / per year *
Earliest start date
* for non-EU| EU fee per year - € 9100|EU fee part-time - € 4550| non-EU fee part-time - € 11300
The United States is the most influential nation in the world. However, a number of challenges in recent years have called into question the sustainability of American leadership abroad and prosperity at home. This program, which is the first of its kind in Europe or North America, allows students to explore in depth the foreign policy and political challenges facing the United States.
This course 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's will also prepare you for a career in politics, political risk analysis, academia, and think tanks.
Who should apply?
Full-Time option suitable for:
- Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
- International (Non-EA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Part-Time option suitable for:
- Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
- International (Non-EA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
This MA 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's will also prepare you for a career in politics, political risk analysis, academia, and think tanks.
This is an academic program but is also suited to practitioners/professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of processes, policies, and outcomes in the area of American politics and foreign policy, both domestically and within the context of international affairs.
The program is composed of 90 credits, 60 of which come from weekly small class seminars and the remaining 30 from a dissertation. Students take 50 credits of core modules taught at the UCD Clinton Institute and the remaining credits are taken from a list of optional modules from other programmes. Students are taught in small group seminars every week.
Compulsory modules include but may vary from year to year:
- The Global Politics of Cyber Security
- Trump's America
- The US and the Middle East
- Challenges in US Foreign Policy
- Research Skills and Methods
Examples of optional modules include:
- Public Diplomacy and Soft Power
- Media and US Foreign Policy
- Digital Storytelling
Students are also required to complete a thesis of approximately 12,000 words.
- Students should be able to communicate in academic language about American politics and foreign policy using historical and theoretical concepts.
- apply knowledge in a variety of professional settings or in the form of further study, including at the doctoral level.
- demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public speaking with a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- develop significant expertise in a chosen subject by writing a MA thesis of approximately 12,000 words with individual supervision from an academic member of staff.
- develop sophisticated judgments about American politics and foreign policy that encompass domestic and international/comparative perspectives.
- learn skills that will enable them to accumulate further knowledge in this or other subjects in an autonomous manner.