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The programme aims to produce graduates who are able to analyse and interpret the world in which we live, depending on your chosen research focus, including but not limited to:

  •  War, conflict resolution and peace
  • Global economic processes
  • Global political events
  • The knowledge economy
  • Local, national and regional economic development 

Vision and Values Statement

This MA seeks to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become outstanding researchers in the fields of Geopolitics and Global Political Economy. Competences and skills acquired are directly transferable to a range of employment opportunities, including in the public, NGO and private sectors. The programme combines a strong core curriculum with flexibility in the choice of research topics selected by students. Through modules and independent research, students develop their own interests under the supervision of a member of staff with relevant expertise.

Programme Outcomes

  • Gain critical reading skills in the area of Geopolitics and Global Political Economy.
  • Obtain knowledge of current affairs and historical events as related to international affairs.
  • Develop writing skills in the form of academic articles and a thesis.
  • Learn research techniques and methodologies.
  • Learn field-based investigation methods and techniques.
  • Establish contacts with political and economic actors and policy-makers.
  • Develop writing skills in the form of academic articles and a thesis.
  • Establish contacts with political and economic actors and policy-makers.
  • Gain critical reading skills in the area of Geopolitics and Global Political Economy.
  • Learn field-based investigation methods and techniques.
  • Learn research techniques and methodologies.
  • Obtain knowledge of current affairs and historical events as related to international affairs.

What modules can I take?

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Careers & Employability

Graduates work in government agencies, international aid agencies, global multilateral agencies, human rights institutions, think-tanks, research bodies and private firms in roles such as researchers, lecturers, aids workers, GIS specialists, planners and local government officials.

Graduates now work in organisations such as:

  • UN
  • World Bank
  • UNICEF
  • Amnesty International
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Deloitte & Touche

Visit the MA Geopolitics and the Global Economy page on the University College Dublin website for more details!

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