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Course content

The aim of the PgDip in Politics is to deepen students' understanding of important contemporary issues in political studies through the enhancement of students' analytical skills, research and writing talent, and capacity for utilising theoretical approaches. These are all important transferrable skills, highly valued in the job market. The programme is of particular interest to those wishing to know more about Irish politics (North and South), European politics, political conflict, and political theory.

Students take six taught modules, which introduce them to the core of the discipline and teach the skills necessary to conduct research.  Each taught module is worth 20 credits. 

Course Details

Semester 1

  • Approaches to Research Design (compulsory)
  • Government and Institutions of Northern Ireland 


  • Politics of Northern Ireland 

Plus one from:

  • Ethics of Recognition
  • Government & Institutions of Northern Ireland
  • Politics of Northern Ireland*
  • Theories & Issues of International Relations
  • Violence, Terrorism & Security:

Semester 2

  • Institutions and Politics of the EU (compulsory) 

Plus two from:

  • Carbon Literacy for a Low Carbon Society and Economy
  • Conflict Intervention
  • Ethnic Conflict and Consensus: The power of institutions
  • Gender, Politics and Democracy
  • International Political Economy
  • Philosophy of Conflict and War
  • The Politics of the Republic of Ireland

Assessment and Feedback

A mix of essays, learning journals, presentations, examination and portfolio projects.

Learning and Teaching

Afternoon and evening

Career Prospects

All of the MA programmes offered in the School provide our graduates with the skills to pursue a wide range of careers in the private, public and voluntary sectors. In addition they provide an appropriate basis for those who wish to proceed to Doctoral-level study.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Visit the PgDip Politics page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!




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