History & Politics

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530 BA Humanities
CAO Points Range 2018: 301
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 220

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

  • History and Politics: Interdisciplinary Approaches
  • Modern Europe
  • Irish Politics
  • War: Ancient and Modern
  • Globalisation and Development
  • Rome to Renaissance

Second Year

  • International Relations
  • Modern America
  • Nazi Germany
  • Irish Foreign Policy
  • Law, Politics and Human Rights
  • British Empire
  • French Revolution

Third Year 

Internship: Apply for an internship across a range of sectors from the arts and the public sector to business and the media. Get experience in an area that relates to your field of study and your desired career path.

Study abroad: Choose a semester abroad where you can study relevant modules at one of our 25 partner universities around the world.

Deepen your subject knowledge: Choose from a range of History and Politics modules, including: Revolutionary Russia, History of American Capitalism, Parties and Party Systems, Orwell’s Twentieth Century, International Security, Alcohol, Drugs and Society.

Fourth Year

  • Slavery and the New World
  • The West & Middle East
  • Madness and Civilisation
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Political Risk and Foreign Investment

You will complete an extended research project/dissertation in your chosen specialised area.


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 the vast bulk of the assessment.

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. The combination of History and Politics gave me a valuable skillset for a more complex understanding of the world which employers look for. This was a great help to me taking the first steps for a career in journalism.”

Roisin Guyett-Nicholson History & Politics Graduate ( 2016), MA Student

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