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Dublin City University Centre for International Studies


Name of school:
Dublin City University Centre for International Studies

Status of the institution: University

Name of Director : Dr. John Doyle

Country: Ireland

Centre for International Studies
Dublin City University Buisiness School
Dublin City University
Dublin 9

Telephone: +353 1 7008084
+353 1 7005446

Web site :

Dublin City University has established a reputation for a high quality and popular Graduate Programme in International Relations.

The MA is a unique programme, taking students from a wide range of backgrounds and teaching IR is a distinctly multi-disciplinary approach drawing on government, economics, law, communications, development studies, strategic studies and history.
We have developed strong links with Non-Governmental Organisations the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Defence Forces.

In DCU 'international' defines a truly global as distinct from European or Transatlantic research focus.
The Centre will have a key research interests in Global North-South issues, the impact of globalisation and the response to it from civil society, Latin America's role in the emerging world order, in addition to the EU and wider European arena and the role of the major international organisations and international politics.


The mission of DCU is to foster creativity and to spearhead change for the benefit of society.

Core activity

DCU will accomplish this mission by discovering, analysing, expanding, and disseminating knowledge, by developing creative and critical thinking, and by fostering skills and learning.


DCU’s distinctive values are to be:

Collaborative and networked

Accessible and open

Developmental and supportive

Innovative and flexible

DCU is committed to intellectual integrity, objectivity, and academic freedom.

Accreditation :
DCU accredits its own degrees, under the Irish Universities Act, which are recognised nationally and internationally


The programme aims to provide a broad theoretical understanding of the forces shaping the contemporary world and of the challenges which these pose both to individual states and to the international community.

Issues in international relations are approached from a range of disciplines and perspectives, with the intention of providing students with the analytical tools and the basic knowledge necessary both for sustained scholarly enquiry and for a practical understanding of contemporary issues in international affairs.

The principal objectives of the programme are:

· to develop in students a detailed understanding of the key concepts, forces and processes underpinning contemporary international relations;

· to provide an in-depth knowledge of the ways in which contemporary world politics and the international regulatory environment shape the role and character of the principal actors on the world stage, including national and multi-national business, international institutions of governance and co-operation, and non-governmental organisations;

· through the extensive participation of guest speakers on the programme, to provide insights into the calculations and motivations of policy makers, operators and commentators in international politics, economics, diplomacy, development, international security, international public and private law, and other dimensions of international studies;

· to develop critical perspectives on contemporary world affairs, in realms such as human rights, international trade and political economy, national and international security, international media and communications, international politics, and development.

Field of Study :
International Relations


Total enrolment: 30 full-time and 30 part-time

Number of students per class : 30 in core classes; 10-20 in specialisms

International students: 10

Nationalities represented: 7

Average age: 26

Age range: 22-65

Number of applicants: 200

Number of applicants admitted: 30 full-time; 30 part-time

Average work experience: varies


Entrance 2002 / 2003: lectures start 26 Sept 2002

Application deadline:
25 May 2002
May 2002 but earlier decisions made if required

How to apply:
Contact The Registry.
Phone: 00 353 1 700 5338 | Fax: 00 353 1 700 5504
Standard Application form plus 200 word statement.

Admission criteria:
Experience since 1997 has confirmed that the programme is suitable both for recent graduates in any discipline and for those with some years' work experience in international organisations, in development, in government, in business or in education.

Persons accepted for the MA programme will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent, although appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University.

Applicants will be ranked by prior academic achievement, their work experience where relevant, and their stated reasons for wishing to take the programme. In respect of the latter, applicants are asked to include a 200 word statement outlining
a) why they wish to study International Relations,
b) what in their record and experience makes them suitable for the MA programme, and
c) the impact which they expect the MA would have on their future careers.
Applicants who are awaiting their degree results should indicate both the level of award expected, and their undergraduate record to date. Some applicants may be called for interview. Such interviews will be held during the month of June.

Where to apply:
Application forms are available on-line at :, or by writing to Admissions Office, The Registry , Dublin City University, Dublin 9.
Tel +353 1 700 5566. Fax + 353 1 700 5504.
The Closing date for receipt of applications is the end of May, though we do make some decisions on foreign applications at an earlier date where this is necessary to allow applicants secure funding.
Applications must be accompanied by a IR£20 processing fee.


New Library constructed 2000.
Excellent computer facilities in the library.

Computer lab:

Dublin, Ireland

Housing :
Student accomodation available. Early booking is essential.


Tuition and fees per year:
IR£3,000 (subject to annual review) EU students
IR£5,500 for non-EU students (reviewed annually)

Approximate student budget:
You probably need a minimum of £8,000 to survive in Dublin for a year


Dean: Dr. John Doyle


Local : DCU, Dublin Ireland



Distance Learning:Yes


Language studies:Yes

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