The MSc in International Public Policy and Diplomacy is an innovative, interdisciplinary, taught master's course that provides graduates with the expertise and work experience required for successful careers in international policy environments.
The course is offered by UCC's Departments of Government, History, Law and Management and Marketing and will give you access to expertise across a diverse range of subjects. The MBS International Public Policy and Diplomacy is strongly orientated toward vocational skills training, through coursework and the opportunity to undertake a work placement.
The work placement will give you a unique opportunity to develop important professional skills and to immediately apply your learning to the professional world.
The course will be of interest to you if you aspire to a career in, or are already working in, departments of foreign affairs and other government ministries, international political and financial organisations, the armed forces, aid agencies, non-governmental organisations, think-tanks, and international businesses.
The MSc in International Public Policy and Diplomacy is divided in two parts.
In Part 1, students take a combination of compulsory and elective modules.
The core modules of Part 1 invite you to engage with:
- the contemporary global challenges facing policymakers
- processes of government decision-making in relation to international affairs
- international economic policies and institutions
- international law
- the institutions and policies of the European Union (EU).
In addition, you will develop practical and analytical skills relevant to working in international affairs and gain an insight into personal and group dynamics associated with leadership.
You will also choose from a range of electives offered by the Departments of Government, Law and History.
Part 2 of the course challenges you to apply the skills acquired in Part 1 either by undertaking:
- an independent piece of policy-oriented research or
- a work placement in an international policy environment. The length of the work placement may vary from three to five months.
Specialist career advice is available to students through the Work Placement Officer and support is given in the planning for and application to work placement organisations. Our graduates have found the work placement to be an extremely valuable first step in their professional careers giving them unrivalled opportunities to make professional contacts and gain first-hand experience of the international policy world.
Other distinctive features of the course are field trips to Brussels and Dublin and a visiting speaker series.
In part 1 you will visit Brussels to visit key European institutions (the European Commission, the European Parliament and NATO, as well as think tanks and NGOs).
In part 2 you will visit Dublin to meet with policy-makers. The course also includes a visiting speaker series, with policy-makers, researchers and academics speaking to students on a wide range of contemporary issues.
On completion of the course, you will be able to identify and assess global policy challenges and global policymaking processes and will have gained expertise in analysis and evaluation, report writing, oral presentation skills and leadership.
Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar
Course Code: CKL24 Full-time & Part-time
Course Title: International Public Policy and Diplomacy
College: Business and Law
Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018: Irish/EU Fee EUR 10,500 (1 year full-time). This fee covers the cost of tuition. However, there will be additional expenses related to the two field trips undertaken during the course. You should also be aware of costs associated with undertaking work placements.
2016 Entry Requirements: The course is open to students of all disciplines. The entry requirement is a 2.1 undergraduate degree in any subject. In addition, you are required to submit a personal statement indicating why you wish to take this MSc. [See detailed entry requirements]
Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below
Next Intake: 11 September 2017
The taught part of the course runs from mid-September to the end of the following March. You will take the work placement or research dissertation between the beginning of April and the end of September. The length of the work placement may vary from three to five months.
During the taught part of the course, students have approximately 8-10 hours per week of lectures/seminars. This is supplemented by recommended reading, preparation of presentations and other group work and time spent completing assignments (essays, policy reports, research projects, etc). During the taught part of the course you will also take classes in preparation for the work placement.
In part 1, the course is assessed through a variety of course work assignments, including
- research projects
- policy reports
- group work.
The assessment is designed to help you to develop both the understanding of issues and the practical skills necessary to work in international affairs.
In part 2 of the course, the assessment involves
- a detailed work placement portfolio if you are undertaking the work placement, or
- researching and writing a 15,000-20,000-word dissertation (if you are completing the dissertation).
Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: SupplementaryForm_CKL24 (184kB)
All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.