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BCL Law With Politics

The BCL Law With Politics Degree 

The BCL (Law with Politics) is an exciting four-year interdisciplinary law degree that combines the BCL curriculum with the undergraduate Politics course. The primary objective of the degree is to provide students with a thorough academic exposure to the discipline of Law and to show how that discipline relates to the discipline of Politics.

Professor David Farrell
BCL Law with Politics Degree Coordinator

Structure and Modules 2023-24

Students must complete two core modules in Stage 1 and four in Stage 2.
Stage 3 and 4 students are to choose four modules from the list below. 

The list of modules below is subject to change.

Stage 1 Core Modules
Stage 2 Core Modules
Stage 2 Option Modules

Select one module.



Stage 3 & 4 Modules

There are no core modules. You must complete 20 credits in each of Stage 3 and 4. 

Stage 3 students may select either A) TWO 10-credit modules or B) ONE 10-credit module and TWO 5-credit modules. Stage 4 students must select TWO level-3 modules.

Autumn (10 Credits)
Autumn (5 Credits)
Spring (10 Credits)
Spring (5 Credits)

Final Year students can apply for a special year-long module called the Advanced Seminar in Politics (POL30860 & POL30870). See further information on the accordion tab below.

SPIRe Tutors & Teaching Assistants Directory, Spring 2023-24

Tutors and Teaching Assistants are allocated to the following modules. 

  • POL10160 - Foundations of Contemporary Politics
  • POL10180 - Foundations of Political Theory
  • POL20020 - Comparative Politics
  • POL20050 - Research Methods in Political Science
  • POL10120 - Foundations in Global Development
  • DEV20130 - Sustainable Development

For queries related to administrative matters including tutorial registration, please contact the SPIRe School Office at (opens in a new window)spire@ucd.ie.

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Lucia Nunez Roncero


Zuzanna Krakowska


Anoor Amatul


Angeliki Kourri


Margaret Bruce


Meabh Lonergan


Mateus Bruno


Annie MacDonald


Ludovica Castellana


Lorcan McLaren


Grace Culhane


Paula Montano


Daire Denby


Sebastian Morabito


Sara Fortsch


Diana Nagle

POL10120 Teaching Assistant

Thomas Gavois


Jennifer O'Keeffe


Sean Gurrin


Neha Parikh

DEV20130 Teaching Assistant

Sarah King

POL20050 Head Tutor

Smrutimayee Sarangi

POL10180 Head Tutor


James MacCarthy-Morrogh


Dino Wildi

POL20020 Head Tutor

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Conor Twomey

POL10160 Head Tutor


Applications for Advanced Seminar in Politics 24-25

The Advanced Seminar in Politics 1 (POL30860) and 2 (POL30870) is a year-long course where staff members of the School of Politics and International Relations introduce students to cutting edge research in the field. During the second half of the course, students write a minor thesis, under the supervision of a staff member in the school. The module has limited capacity and entry is competitive. Registration for this course is done manually.

To be eligible to take this course, you must be a final year student in 2024-25, who has completed Core Level 2 Politics modules. Students with a GPA of 3.60 and above (across all modules or across SPIRe modules only) will be eligible for consideration.

See this page for more information.

Examinations Feedback

If you wish to check your grade for each exam question, come to Room G314 Newman Building, Politics Admin Office between 10am and 4pm. (Closed for lunch between 1-2pm)

If you wish to review your script, send a request to (opens in a new window)spire@ucd.ie one  working days in advance.

Please include the following information.

  • Student number
  • Full name
  • Module code and name

If you wish to review your script with your lecturer:

  1. Make an appointment with him/her by sending an email. (See here for staff details)  
  2. Also send an email to (opens in a new window)spire@ucd.ie so that the admin staff members will prepare your script before the appointment. Please indicate your student number, full name and the module code/name.

The BCL Law with Politics degree seeks to equip students with:

  • Knowledge of fundamental legal concepts and principles

  • Understanding of law in its broader political and social context

  • Ability to analyse law and to engage in legal reasoning

  • Critical awareness of the overlapping concerns of political and legal theory particularly in the areas of law and morality, rights, constitutionalism, democracy, justice, and legitimacy

  • Competence in the methods of political science (Irish politics, comparative politics, international relations, the European Union) and political theory

  • Research skills within the fields of Law and Politics.

The degree has a modular and semesterised format with the Law and Politics subjects distributed over the four years of the programme. The ratio of 2/3 Law to 1/3 Politics will allow all the core Law subjects to be covered in full along with those required by the professional legal bodies. The curriculum for the degree in both subjects includes compulsory core modules and a choice of optional modules.

UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe)

School Office: G301, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.