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Admission Requirements and Application Procedure

Candidates should have an undergraduate degree from an established college or university.

A background in a social science will be an advantage but not a necessity. Applicants are expected from candidates with a single or joint honours degree in Political Science, Economics, European Studies, History, Sociology, Business and Law. Other subject areas will also be considered.

The course is of twelve-months duration, on a full-time basis. Teaching starts in the autumn and the M.Sc. concludes with the submission of a dissertation the following September.

Applicants must, in addition to the College requirement to provide academic transcripts and two letters of recommendation, provide a motivation letter and one piece of written work (for example an undergraduate dissertation or essay).

Students must also fulfill the College entry requirements and international students must also fulfil the international student requirements.

Regarding English language requirements, if the applicant has not been educated through the medium of English, the applicant will need a minimum of the listed score on one of the following exams:

  • IELTS: Grade 6.5
  • TOEFL: 88 – iBT, 230 – Computer based, 570 – paper based
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

Prospective students should apply online at More details of the application procedure can be found on the Graduate Studies webpage:

To apply, the applicant must first fill out an application on the PAC system and then send supporting documents to the PAC address in Galway.

While most of the application is completed online, after applying applicants are requested to send hard copies of the following materials to the PAC office in Galway: writing sample (e.g. term paper or chapter of undergraduate thesis), Curriculum Vitae (CV), transcript (non-TrinityCollege Dublin applicant; applicants who have still to graduate must
send in this on receipt), evidence of English language competency, references, and a personal statement. Your receipt at the end of the online process will highlight which items you must post in.The department cannot review the applications until the supporting documents are received by PAC. Do not send the supporting documents to the Department.

Applications for entry in September 2010 are now open. Applications will be considered at the end of each calendar month thereafter, until the course is full. You are encouraged to apply early as competition for places is intense. The closing date for applications is June 1, 2010.


Merit-based scholarships are available for the incoming cohort of Masters students that will begin their studies in September 2010. One full-fees scholarship (EU or non-EU fees as relevant to the beneficiary) will be awarded for this Masters programme. The Department will also offer a limited number of partial fee awards. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must first apply to the Masters programme online through PAC and then send their supporting documents to the Galway office specified on the PAC website. In addition to the regular application procedure through the PAC system, applicants who wish to be considered for the scholarships must also fill out the online scholarship application form and email it to This online application form must be submitted after the applicant has summitted the primary application the PAC (with the supporting documents). Applicants must submit the online scholarship application form by 1 May 2010 to be considered for a scholarship.

Scholarship Application


Enquiries may be directed to the Director of M.Sc. in International Politics, Dr William Phelan.