All students must designate primary and secondary subjects of specialization within politics and international relations and complete PhD seminars covering each subject's core scholarly literature.
Conditional upon approval by the Doctoral Studies Panel, a student's second subject seminar may be taken in a cognate discipline beyond the School. Students will also take courses in research design, and qualitative and quantitative methods. In addition, students have the option of auditing additional postgraduate modules (in SPIRe, the College of Human Sciences, and in neighbouring institutions) in order to deepen their substantive knowledge and/or methodological skills.
The Politics and International Relations programme of the University College Dublin is designed for all those whose career plans require a capacity for independent and rigorous research, a broad understanding of political structures and processes, and expertise in a particular area of political analysis.
- SPIRe PhD students in Politics and International Relations must complete 60 credits of coursework, at least 40 of which should be completed by the time of the transfer to Stage II, which takes place within 12-18 months on the program.
- Of these 60 credits, 30 will be devoted to required methodologically oriented courses, one on research design, one on quantitative methods, and one on qualitative methods; 10 will be reserved for a third year PhD Thesis Workshop. The remaining 20 required credits (and any additional credits beyond 60) can be filled with modules/courses selected in consultation with your supervisor.
- 36 months
- 60 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesInternational Relations Political Science View 3 other PhDs in Political Science in Ireland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Application Form
- Cover letter, stating reasons for interest in SPIRe programme
- Thesis proposal (3-5 pages maximum)
- Copies of all Academic Transcripts (undergraduate and postgraduate)
- C.V. or Resume (2 pages maximum)
- Evidence of English language competence
- Two academic references (Actual letters, on headed institutional paper, required. If sent by email, they should be from an institutional email address. SPIRe reserves the right to verify all references.
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