Key Info

Politics and International Relations

NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route(s):

Course code
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry) | LM019 - BSc in Social Sciences (Common Entry)
Duration
4 Years
Course leader
Dr. Chris McInerney (LM002) Prof. Ross Macmillan (LM019)
Email
arts@ul.ie
Admissions
Tel
Tel 00 353 61 202015
Queries

Politics and International Relations can be taken on both LM002 Bachelor of Arts & LM019 Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences. Subject combinations & course structures can be reviewed on the appropriate programme page.

About You

The study of Politics and International Relations is all about thinking critically and understanding how the world works. If you are interested in national or international current affairs; if you find yourself asking questions about why things are the way they are and how they might change; then Politics and International Relations at UL could be for you.   You will learn how to research, how to study and develop your analytical and reasoning skills, and how to apply these skills to the real world. You will learn about Ireland and Europe, their place in the world; how political decisions are made and in whose interest; how states interact in the international system; about what makes a good society and about what doesn’t, and how we might tell the difference between the two.

Why study Politics and International Relations at UL?

In today’s globalised world, politics must be understood from the broadest possible perspective.  Our staff have a particularly wide breath of expertise across the discipline, and the Politics and International Relations programme at UL stands out for the wide range of subject areas covered.  As well as gaining a thorough understanding of Irish and EU politics, students will learn about the wider international system, and will have the opportunity to study the politics of different regions of the world. The deeper philosophical questions about how societies and governments should be organised are also addressed.  In the final year, students have the opportunity to specialise in areas of politics that they are particularly interested in.

What you will Study

In the first year, you will take introductions to the broad study of Politics and International Relations, whereas in the second year you separately take courses related to the main studies within the field (Irish Politics, European Politics, Political Theory, International Relations and Political Economy, and Public Administration). You then have a wide range of co-op/work placements before going on study abroad to a large choice of universities (including those in Malta, Czech Republic, Turkey, Iceland, France and Germany). In the final year, you can choose a number of electives that include looking at issues such as global justice, international organisations, Russian Politics, African Politics and issues around peace and conflict.

Modules are offered on both Bachelor of Arts (LM002) and BSc. Social Sciences (LM019) - Both are subject to change.

  Semester 1   Semester 2
PO4051  Introduction to Politics and International Relations 1 PO4052 Introduction to Politicis and Inernational Relations 2
  Semester 3 Semester 4
  Students select 2: Cooperative Education Placement

PO4023

Comparative European Politics

 

PO4018

International Relations

 

PO4033

Political Theory

 

PO4013

Government and Politics of Ireland

 

PO4127

Regionalism in World Politics

 
Semester 5   Semester 6
External Academic Placement  

Students select 2:

 

PO4102

Methods and Research in Political Science

 

PO4015

Government & Politics of the EU

 

PA4018

Public Policy Process

 

PO4030

Theories of Distributive Justice

 

PO4004

Global Political Economy

A selection of modules from the list below will be offered. This will change from year to year.

  Semester 7   Semester 8
  Students select 2:   Students select 2:

PO4007

Power, Politics and Social Change in Latin America

PO4007

Power, Politics and Social Change in Latin America

PO4008

African Politics: Development and Democracy

PO4008

African Politics: Development and Democracy

PO4016

Issues of European Integration

PO4016

Issues of European Integration

PO4017

Politics of the United States

PO4017

Politics of the United States

PO4027

International Organisations & Global Governance

PO4027

International Organisations & Global Governance

PO4028

The Politics of Ethnic Conflict

PO4028

The Politics of Ethnic Conflict

PO4117

Policy Making in the European Union

PO4117

Policy Making in the European Union

PO4032

Russian Politics

PO4032

Russian Politics

PO4038

European Party Politics

PO4038

European Party Politics

PO4041

Politics of Oil

PO4041

Politics of Oil

PO4048

Issues in World Politics

PO4048

Issues in World Politics

PO4058

Politics of the Third World

PO4058

Politics of the Third World

PO4067

Studies in Political Thought

PO4067

Studies in Political Thought

PO4068

Political Leadership

PO4068

Political Leadership

PO4077

Nations and Nationalism in the Modern World

PO4077

Nations and Nationalism in the Modern World

PO4088

Introduction to Terrorism and Violent Extremism

PO4088

Introduction to Terrorism and Violent Extremism

PO4107

Nationalism, Ethnicity and Conflict

PO4107

Nationalism, Ethnicity and Conflict

PO4108

Multiculturalism and Political Theory

PO4108

Multiculturalism and Political Theory

PO4118

Ireland and the EU

PO4118

Ireland and the EU

PA4013

Local Government

PA4013

Local Government

PA4017

Sub-national Government

PA4017

Sub-national Government

PA4007

 

Careers and influence in public leadership: ministers and civil servants

2976

Careers and influence in public leadership: ministers and civil servants

PL4013

Community Development

PL4013

Community Development

 

 

Entry Requirements

Additional considerations

Entry requirements are dependent on your programme of choice. Please click your preferred programme below:

For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.

Applications are especially welcome from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for both LM002 and LM019. More information on the UL Admissions QQI page including a full list of modules.

Non-EU Entry Requirements

Filters

How to Apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.

 

Fees and Funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA pays Tuition Fees €5,650
SUSI pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Centre Levy €92
€8,742

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA pays Tuition Fees €5,650
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Centre Levy €92
€8,742

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student pays Tuition Fees €5,650
Student pays Student contribution €3,000
Student pays Student Centre Levy €92
€8,742

Non-EU Students

Student pays Tuition Fees €12,270
Student pays Student Centre Levy €92
€12,362

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

  • Free Fee Status: You satisfy all three categories (1, 2 and 3) and therefore are eligible for the Higher Education Authority’s Free Fees scheme.
  • EU Fee Status: You satisfy the citizenship and/or residency criteria but fail to satisfy the course requirements and are liable to EU fees
  • Non EU Fee Status: You do not meet either the citizenship or residency criteria and are therefore liable to Non EU fees.

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships Available
The Noel Ryan Scholarship €2,000 per year for 4 years 1 per year

These scholarships are available for all courses

Your Future Career

Recent graduates of this programme are working as policy advisors, civil servants, researchers, elected representatives, data analysts, public relations officers, teachers, journalists.

Career areas open to you with a degree in Politics and International Relations include;

  • Public Service
  • European and International Agencies
  • Business, Heritage and Tourism
  • Education and Teaching
  • Voluntary and Community Organisations
  • Media, Journalism and Public Relations
  • Training and Equal Opportunities
  • Policy Evaluation Research
  • Urban Planning and Rural Development
  • Social and Market Research

Follow-On Study

Student Profiles

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Ashley Taylor

I moved from the US to study Arts at UL. The BA in Arts is a great programme for anyone interested in pursuing an arts or social science subject, since you can tailor the programme to suit your interests. I chose Politics and International Relations, with an emphasis on international institutions and how they affect politics on national and international levels. My programme also allowed me to spend a year abroad; I went to California for six months to work for the government as a legislative intern and I lived in Copenhagen for five months during my Erasmus+ placement at the University of Copenhagen. Studying Politics and International relations at UL has also given me an opportunity to develop crucial soft skills, such as written and verbal communication and research and analysis. Additionally, part of my programme involved writing a Bachelor’s thesis, which gave me an opportunity to do specific research in a subject of my choice (terrorist ideology and behavior) and allowed me to contribute to existing academic research.

After graduation, I decided to stay at UL to pursue my MA in Peace and Development Studies. My undergraduate programme at UL has given me extensive preparation for both my graduate degree and for entering the workplace, especially since I was able to complete a full-time six month internship during the course of my degree. UL has also given me international experience, which is a definite benefit for young professionals entering politics today.

Sarah Cusack

Leaving school and deciding what you want to study in college is quite a daunting task. I decided that I wanted to study something that I was interested in. I chose an Arts degree in UL as it offered very broad and different subject choices. At the time, I initially chose UL as it offered the course I wanted but after researching and visiting UL, I saw it was the best for me because of campus environment, its resources and its facilities. Before I started my degree, I knew that politics would be the subject I wanted to study as I have a keen interest in politics. From open days and my own research, I learnt that Politics and International Relations in UL offered many different interesting modules throughout the four years of the degree. These ranged from Issues in World Politics to Comparative European Politics to Irish Politics. For someone who is fascinated with politics, I knew that I would enjoy studying modules as I am interested in politics outside of Ireland. Over the last four years, I have gravitated towards modules that reflect international politics and that fit with the other subject I study, Public Administration and Leadership. I have enjoyed studying Politics and International Relations as not only did it enhance my knowledge in politics, with tutorials providing an excellent space for debates but I was also given the opportunity to make new friends through group projects and small class sizes. For any incoming students, I have two pieces of advice; Firstly, lecturers and tutors are approachable and helpful so never be afraid to ask questions or contact them. Secondly, make sure to pick a subject that you know that you will enjoy studying over the next four years rather than a subject you feel you should study.  

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