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DN700 BSc Social Sciences - Joint/Single Major

In Year 1 and 2, students study Politics & International Relations as a Joint Major. From Year 3 onwards, students can opt for a Single Major in Politics & International Relations.

You can study Politics as a joint major with one of the following subjects.

  • Archaeology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Information and Communication Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Social Justice
  • Statistics

* A combination of History and Politics is offered under DN530 BA Humanities

The list of modules below is subject to change.

Stage 1 Modules

Four Politics & IR Core Modules

Tutorials are attached to INRL10020, POL10160 and POL10180

A Core Module for all BSc Students
Four Modules from the Other Subject of Your Choice

Four modules from Archaeology, Economics, Geography, History, ICS, Mathematics, Philosophy, Sociology Social Justice or Statistics

Programme Options and Elective
  • 2 Programme Options Students will choose 2 modules out of a list provided. 
  • 1 General Elective Students can choose any module in the University when places are available.

Stage 2 Modules

Core Modules

You must complete the following four Politics core modules. You will also choose four core modules from the other subject of your choice.  

Tutorials are attached to all Stage 2 core modules.

Option Modules



Stage 3 & 4

There are no core modules in Stage 3 and 4.

  • Joint major students complete 25 Politics credits in each of Stage 3 and 4.
  • Single major students complete 50 Politics credits in each of Stage 3 and 4. 

N.B. If you are studying abroad or doing an internship, the credit requirement in Stage 3 is less.

10-credit Options



5-credit Options



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. 

You are encouraged to study abroad (one semester or year-long) and/or take up an internship in your third year.

Information on study abroad can be found via the College Social Sciences Desk - see here

Similarly, information on internships is via the College Desk - see here

You may opt to take a single major in Politics from third year. See 'Applications for a Politics Single Subject Major' below.

Other Information

Conditions for Politics & International Relations Single Major
  • Students currently studying Politics a Joint Major, Major/Minor or the PPE thematic degree in BHSOC0101 (CAO code DN700) are welcome to transfer into Single Major, without any minimum GPA condition.
  • You must be eligible to progress to Stage 3 in your degree (i.e. have passed all Stage 1 credits and at least 50 credits in Stage 2).
  • However, there are four Level 1 core modules (INRL10020, POL10170, POL10160, POL10180) and four Level 2 core modules (INRL20040, POL20010, POL20020, POL20050). Students are welcome to transfer into the Single Major in Politics and IR while missing some of these core modules, but they must ensure that all of these core modules are complete by the end of Stage 4, e.g. by using up their elective places. This may impact your opportunities to study abroad or go on an internship, so please discuss this in advance with the School of Politics & International Relations if you have queries.
Applications and Contact for Politics and International Relations Single Major

If you want to make an application to study Politics & International Relations as a Single Major you should apply via the following google form:

(opens in a new window)Application form for Single Major in Politics & International Relations

(Log into UCD SISWeb required. Applications must be sent from your UCD email account.)

The form must be submitted by Friday, 31st of May 2024.  Queries can be addressed to (opens in a new window)spire@ucd.ie. You will be notified on the outcome by email in late June. 

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 review your script, send a request to (opens in a new window)spire@ucd.ie two 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.

SPIRe School Office, Room G301 Newman Building,  Open between 10am and 4pm (Closed for lunch between 1-2pm), Monday to Thursday. 

The Brian Farrell Medal

This award was established by friends and colleagues of Professor Brian Farrell who retired from UCD in 1994. It is awarded annually to the student(s) in Stage 1 Politics who achieves the highest grade point average in the two best core Stage 1 Politics modules taken by all Politics students.

The prize may be awarded to up to three students. In the rare case that more than three students meet the prize criterion, overall Stage 1 grade point average will be considered. 

  • 2020-21 Winner: Fionn Kenneally
  • 2019-20 Winners: Alysia Cloake, Stephen Mahon
  • 2018-19 Winner: Alex Greaney
  • 2017-18 Winners: Nils Hugo Ekelund, Elizabeth Higgins, Alan Kelly, Tommy MacDiarmada and Eannan Monaghan
The Conor Martin Memorial Medal

This prize was established by the friends and colleagues of the late Reverend Professor Conor Martin, who was Professor of Ethics and Politics from 1952 until his death in 1980.

The medal will be awarded annually to the student in Stage Two Politics who achieves the highest combined grade point average in three core Stage Two Politics modules.

Up to three medals may be awarded.  In the rare case that more than three students meet the award criterion, overall Stage 2 grade point average will be considered.

  • 2020-21 Winner: Ciara De Buitleir
  • 2019-20 Winners: Iseult O'Callaghan, Jonathan Strieben
  • 2018-19 Winner: Nils Hugo Ekelund
  • 2017-18 Winner: Diana Volpe
The Peter Mair Medal

This award commemorates a former SPIRe graduate and leading political scientist, Professor Peter Mair.

The medal will be presented to the final stage Politics student(s) who achieves the highest weighted Stage grade point average in their two best Politics and International Relations modules. 

The prize may be awarded to up to three students. In the rare case that more than three students meet the prize criterion, overall Stage Four grade point averages will be considered.

  • 2020-21 Winner: Elizabeth Higgins
  • 2019-20 Winner: Arshdeep Kaur
  • 2018-19 Winners: Jack Heron, Ross Merriman
  • 2017-18 Winners: Nina Carroll and Anna L. Blix
The Tom Garvin Medal

This award is named in honour of Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UCD, Tom Garvin.

The annual award takes the form of a medal presented to the student(s) who achieves the highest grade for their thesis submitted in SPIRe’s Advanced Seminar.

The prize may be awarded to up to three students. In the rare case that more than three students meet the prize criterion, overall Stage Four grade point averages will be considered.

  • 2020-21 Winner: Elizabeth Higgins
  • 2019-20 Winner: Clelia Li Vigni
  • 2018-19 Winner: Ross Merriman
  • 2017-18 Winner: Anusha De

SPIRe Tutors & Teaching Assistants Directory, Autumn 2023-24

Tutors and Teaching Assistants are allocated to the following modules. 

  • INRL10020 Foundations of International Relations
  • INRL20040 Theories & Concepts in International Relations
  • POL20010  Individuals and the State

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

Salsabil Abdalbaki

POL10170 Teaching Assistant

Zuzanna Krakowska


(opens in a new window)Anoor Amatul


Angeliki Kourri


(opens in a new window)Margaret Bruce


(opens in a new window)Meabh Lonergan


(opens in a new window)Mateus Bruno


(opens in a new window)Annie MacDonald


(opens in a new window)Ludovica Castellana


(opens in a new window)Lorcan McLaren

INRL20160 Teaching Assistant

(opens in a new window)Grace Culhane


Paula Montano

POL20010 Head Tutor

(opens in a new window)Daire Denby


(opens in a new window)Sebastian Morabito


(opens in a new window)Sara Fortsch


Diana Nagle


(opens in a new window)Thomas Gavois


(opens in a new window)Jennifer O'Keeffe


Sean Gurrin


(opens in a new window)Neha Parikh


Sarah King

INRL10020 Head Tutor

Smrutimayee Sarangi



(opens in a new window)Dino Wildi

INRL20040 Head Tutor

UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe)

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