What will I learn?

Why is this course for me?

Do you want to understand how governments, parliaments, parties and elections work? Are you concerned about conflicts, human rights, global poverty, war and political violence? Do you want to learn how to formulate a coherent and persuasive argument? With a degree in Politics, you will develop the ability to analyse the complex interplay between national and international political institutions, systems and forces.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

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.

What Will I Study

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:

First Year

  • Foundations of Political Theory and International Relations
  • Foundations of Contemporary Politics
  • Foundations in Political Research
  • Foundations in Global Development
  • All first year social sciences students also study the core module, Societal Challenges in the Twenty First Century
  • Plus another subject
  • Plus an Elective module.

All first year social sciences students also study the core module, Societal Challenges in the Twenty First Century, Plus another subject, Plus an Elective module.

Second Year

  • Individuals and the State
  • Law, Politics & Human Rights
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Research Methods in Political Science
  • European Union
  • Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Plus another subject
  • Plus Elective modules.

Third Year & Fourth Year

  • International Political Economy
  • International Justice
  • EU in the World
  • Middle East Politics
  • Integration, Fragmentation & the Global System
  • Data Analytics for the Social Sciences
  • Political Activism in the Middle East
  • Introduction to Asian Politics
  • Justice in Education
  • Gender in War and Peace
  • Plus another subject
  • Plus Elective modules.
  • Students may opt to take a single major in Politics from third year.

International Study Opportunities

Erasmus opportunities include:

  • Sciences Po, France
  • University of Bergen, Norway
  • Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • University of Lund, Sweden
  • Universitat zu Koln, Germany
  • Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Universita` degli Studi di Milano, Italy
  • George Washington University, the United States
  • University of Delhi, India
  • University of Hong Kong

Students studying Politics with Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish will study abroad for their third year.

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Arts and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€19,200.00 (US$ 22,977) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

UCD College of Arts and Humanities

Room A108,

Newman Building,

BELFIELD,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have CGPA 3.0 out of 4.0 unweight scales in combination with ACT minimum 22 or SAT minimum 1090, Either ACT or SAT is accepted; UCD Super scores ACT and SAT scores; C Average in US High School English Courses. Students must have Cambridge A Level: At least three subjects at A Level Grade C and three other subjects at GCSE Level Grade C. UCD requires Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire + 1 year at a recognised university (Diplôme de … (plus professional field); Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures; Diplôme d'Ingénieur/d'Architecte d'Etat or Licence). English language requirements: IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +, a minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT); Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.

For international students

Students must have completed their secondary level/high school studies or have never studied at university before are eligible to apply Bachelor degree at UCD.

Also, they must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects. For all courses Irish and English are required.

Leaving Certificate:

  • DN700 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects
  • DN530 – English, Irish, A third Language, Three other recognised subjects

IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

Famous for teaching and research excellence, and true global reach, UCD is the destination of choice for over 8000 international students.

  • Main campus in Belfield, 4km from Dublin city centre
  • 185th best university in the world
  • Globally recognised for excellent teaching and learning
  • Scholarships available for international students