History & Politics

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530
CAO Points Range 2019: 348
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 200

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

History and Politics is a classic combination of subjects for students looking to investigate the workings of government and society in contemporary and historical perspectives. You will examine why society has changed and seek to understand the issues facing societies across the globe today. Through both subjects, the course will teach you the essential skills of writing, critical thinking, evaluating evidence, and assessing data. This programme offers an excellent interdisciplinary preparation by combining historical research with political science and political theory.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates of History and Politics have developed key skills in research, analysis and communication that are highly valued by employers. The degree provides a wide

range of future career opportunities in both the private and public sector. History and Politics graduates find employment in:

  • International Organisations
  • Broadcasting and Journalism
  • Business
  • Civil Service
  • Law
  • NGOs
  • Publishing
  • Public Relations
  • Politics
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Policymaking
  • Tourism
  • Heritage.

Graduates are also eligible to apply for UCD MA and MSc programmes in either History or Politics and International Relations, details of which can be found on the relevant school’s website.

What Will I Study

You will study Irish, European, and world history, engaging with political, cultural, social, and economic aspects of history, and investigating historical change, from the impact of ideas to the role of class, gender, and race. You will also study International Relations and a variety of political issues including political conflict, development, human rights, and political economy, always with a focus on the role of government, public policy, and citizens.

First Year

The core first year module is an interdisciplinary module fusing historical and political science approaches to a chosen case study. You will take foundational courses in both history and politics.

Second Year

You will deepen your knowledge by taking core and elective modules in History and Politics. In History, these modules will allow you to allow you to focus on particular countries, themes, and periods. In Politics you will study modules ranging from international relations to human rights.

Third Year 

You will enjoy wide freedom of choice in third year to specialise in the area of study that most interests you. You may also undertake study abroad or apply for an internship. A wide range of option modules are available across the two subjects.

Fourth Year

Students take option modules in both subjects in fourth year. The culmination of the programme is a capstone project, where you will work closely with a supervisor to complete a dissertation in history, politics, or an interdisciplinary mix of both.


Assessment for History and Politics modules is through a mix of coursework, essays, learning journals, exams and presentations. In the final years, research papers and the dissertation make up a major part of your assessment.

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International Study Opportunities

Students may apply for study abroad opportunities in universities across Europe and worldwide. Both schools have a network of exchange agreements with partner universities.


“The range of modules in History and Politics allowed me to study what I found interesting. With Politics, I had the opportunity to study political theory, international relations and comparative politics. These modules work well with History, where I learned key research skills. I studied a stimulating range of topics, from the French Revolution to the Foundation of Islam to Post-War Europe. The combination of History and Politics gave me a valuable skill set for a more complex understanding of the world. Research, writing, editing and presenting were all key for this course and skills that I use everyday in my current marketing role.”

Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, Graduate

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