BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) or BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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Do you want to understand how governments, parliaments, parties and international organisations work? Do you wish to develop a knowledge base in the causes, consequences and solutions to war, political violence and poverty? Do you want to develop skills in social science research methods and how to formulate a coherent and persuasive argument? With a degree in Politics and International Relations, you will develop the knowledge and skills required to analyse the complex interplay between national and international political institutions, systems and forces.
In first year, you will be introduced to the core areas of politics, giving you a solid foundation for future study. In subsequent years, you will pursue the areas of politics and international relations that interest you most. Examples of modules include:
Third Year & Fourth Year
Students can apply to study a single subject Politics & International Relations degree at the end of second year.
Students attend lectures and tutorials as well as undertaking independent study. Assessment is in the form of a combination of continuous assessment and end-of trimester written exams.
|Study Politics & International Relations (BSc Social Sciences)|
|Study Politics (BA Humanities)|
Study abroad opportunities include:
Students studying Politics with Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish will study abroad for their third year.
There is a wide range of national and international employment opportunities in the public and private sector, including: The Irish civil service, The European Commission, International agencies such as the UN, IMF and World Bank, NGOs, Print and broadcast media, The diplomatic service, Business, Administration and research.
MA and MSc degrees in UCD open to graduates include: Politics, Political Theory, International Relations, International Development, Peace & Conflict, Human Rights, European Public Affairs & Law, International Political Economy, Public Policy, Gender & Politics.
“I chose to study Politics and International Relations in UCD as it provided a structured degree that aligns with my interests. I enjoy the variety of the programme which allows me to study a wide range of aspects such as domestic policy, international politics, climate change and even quantitative data analysis. As part of my degree, I had the opportunity in third year to secure an internship at a political research institute which has been very rewarding. This course has opened up my career prospects as it has given me an understanding of what goes on behind the scenes in the civil service, European Union, Think Tanks, NGO’s and private corporations who are all looking to recruit individuals with the skills I have developed throughout my degree.”
Joey Donald , Student
UCD School of Politics & International Relations