MA Public Affairs and Political Communications

Combining lectures, project work, the production of an academic dissertation and internship in Leinster House, this postgraduate programme uniquely prepares students for a successful career in public affairs and political communication.

This is a taught full time post-graduate programme of twelve months duration and includes the submission of a dissertation of original research on a relevant subject. The placed internship of up to fifteen hours a week offers a unique opportunity to work with members of Dáil and Seanad Éireann. Internships may also take place in a public, private and not-for-profit organisations engaged in public affairs when requested by the student.

The programme has unique ties throughout the public affairs profession in Ireland and frequently calls on the profession to assist with guest lectures, research, and work experience. Many top public affairs practitioners support the programme with graduation prizes. Over the years, graduates have found employment in political communications with a wide range of Irish and international organisations. Others have returned to Leinster House to work for Deputies and Senators as advisors and parliamentary assistants. A handful of graduates have subsequently run for public office.

The programme has been enthusiastically supported by members of the Oireachtas of all parties and none. Initially serving the Seanad, the programme now also serves the Dail at the request of the Oireachtas’ Committee of Privileges and Procedures.




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Upon completion of the course, graduates will have a thorough understanding of communicating in the Irish political environment and how political communications work in other countries in the modern world. The course boasts a particular emphasis on the theory and practice of public affairs as a function of strategic management in the formation and development of public policy.