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

Stage 1 Modules

4 Politics Core Modules

  • INRL10010 Foundations of Political Theory and International Relations (Autumn)
  • POL10170 Foundations in Political Research (Autumn)
  • POL10160 Foundations of Contemporary Politics (Spring)
  • POL10120 Foundations in Global Development (Spring)

Tutorials are attached to INRL10010 and POL10160.

A Core Module for all BSc Students

  • SSCI10010 Societal Challenges in the 21st Century

4 Modules from the Other Subject of Your Choice

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

Programme Options and Elective

  • 2 Programme Optioins 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


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

  • POL20010 Individuals and the State (Autumn)
  • INRL20040 International Relations (Autumn)
  • POL20020 Comparative Politics (Spring)
  • POL20050 Research Methods in Political Science (Spring)

Tutorials are attached to all Stage 2 core modules.



  • INRL20080 Irish Foreign Policy
  • INRL20160 Introduction to European Union Politics
  • POL20220 Pol Institutions & Dev
  • POL20260 Introduction to Chinese Politics
  • SSCI20030 Building Resilience


  • DEV20130 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
  • POL20060 Law Politics and Human Rights
  • POL20180 Capitalism and Democracy
  • POL20250 Irish Politics

Stage 3 & 4

There is no core module 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


  • INRL30320 Gender in War & Peace
  • INRL30350 International Justice
  • INRL30370 Terrorism and Political Violence
  • POL30640 Deliberative Mini-Publics and Democracy
  • POL30710 Media and Politics
  • POL30720 Parties and Party Competition
  • POL30820 Political Risk and Foreign Investment
  • POL30840 Electoral Systems


  • INRL30330 Integration Fragmentation and the Global System
  • POL30660 Data Analytics for Soc Sci
  • POL30680 Gender and Politics
  • POL30690 Introduction to Asian Politics
  • POL30730 Political Activism in the Middle East
  • POL36070 Political Psychology
  • POL36080 Critical Security Studies

5-credit Options


  • INRL20080 Irish Foreign Policy
  • INRL20160 Introduction to European Union Politics
  • POL20220 Pol Institutions & Dev
  • POL20260 Introduction to Chinese Politics
  • SSCI20030 Building Resilience


  • DEV20130 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
  • POL20060 Law Politics and Human Rights
  • POL20180 Capitalism and Democracy
  • POL20250 Irish Politics
  • ECON30500 Field Experiments Social Science

Final Year students can apply for a special year-long module called the Advanced Seminar in Poltiics. See further information below. 

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

You may opt to take a single major in Politics from third year. 

The list of modules above is subject to change.

Other Information


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  • POL10160 Foundations of Contemporary Politics
  • POL20020 Comparative Politics
  • POL20050 Research Methods in Political Science
  • POL10120 Foundations in Global Development
  • DSCY10010 Global Development Goals
  • DEV20130 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
  • POL20060 Law Politics and Human Rights

Dave Banks


James MacCarthy-Morrogh


Leticia Barbabela


Julia Martinez


Isaac Bennett


Darragh O'Donnell


Michael Coleman


Redmond Scales

POL10120 / POL10160

Dana Guy


Carl Smith

DSCY10010 / DEV20130

Connor Hogan


Daniel Stairs


Junhyoung Lee


Benjamin Swift


Marianna Lovato


Radek Vana


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 2021-22, who has completed Core Level 2 Politics modules. Students with a GPA of 3.40 and above will be eligible for consideration.

The deadline for submission is Friday 25th June 2021. You must include Stage 2 grades in your application that will be released on 18th of June. 

Google Application Form (Log onto UCD Connect Required)

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 elgible 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 (INRL 10010, POL 10170, POL 10160, POL 10120) and four Level 2 core modules (INRL 20040, POL 20010, POL 20020, POL 20050). 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.
  • Students transferring from Politics & International Relations with Chinese, who are not in a position to travel abroad at stage 3, will be exempt from the above subject conditions. Instead your application will be reviewed on an individual basis and an academic plan for your progression into the Single major agreed with the programme director. Politics & International Relations with Chinese students who are not in a position to travel abroad at stage 3 should complete the form to commence the exemption/alternative process before submitting their transfer application. Details, including the deadline for this application can be found on the Social Sciences website.

Applications and Contact for Politics and International Relations Single Major

Email spire@ucd.ie between 1 April - 31 May 2021 with the following information

  • Subject Line: "Application for Single Major Politics & International Relations"
  • Email from your UCD Connect email address
  • Provide your student name, student number and current programme
  • Confirm that you wish to apply for Politics and International Relations Single Major
  • Your student record will be reviewed following Trimester 2 exams and you will be contacted regarding the outcome.

The Conor Martin Memorial Prize

This prize of up to €200 is awarded annually to the student in Stage Two Politics who achieves the highest combined grade point average in the four core Level Two Politics modules.  The prize has been 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.

2016-17 Winner: Sophie Becker

2017-18 Winner: Diana Volpe

 2017-18 Winner: Nils Hugo Ekelund

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 in Stage 1 Politics who achieves the highest GPA in the two core Stage 1 Politics modules, common to the BA, BSc and Law programmes. 

Professor Brian Farrell joined the administrative staff of UCD in 1955 and later became Director of Extramural Studies. From 1966, he lectured in the Department of Politics, and went on to become senior lecturer, acting head of department and associate professor. He has written and broadcast widely on the subject of politics in Ireland and is author of 'Chairman or Chief?', and 'The Founding of Dáil Éireann', as well as having a successful broadcasting career presenting programmes of comment and analysis such as Today Tonight and Prime Time. On retirement from UCD in 1994 he became Director-General of the Institute for European Affairs.

2016-17 Winners: Patrick Dempsey, Aisling O’Connell and Diana Volpe

2017-18 Winners: Nils Hugo Ekelund, Elizabeth Higgins, Alan Kelly, Tommy MacDiarmada and Eannan Monaghan

2018-19 Winner: Alex Greaney

The Peter Mair Award

This award was set up in honour of the late Professor Peter Mair, one of Ireland’s leading political scientists. The annual award takes the form of a letter presented to the final stage Politics student who achieves the highest stage GPA in Politics and International Relations modules. 

Professor Peter Mair graduated from UCD in 1974 with an MA in politics. He then began his career at the University of Limerick. He went on to lecture at the universities of Strathclyde and Manchester before moving to the European University Institute of Florence. He was appointed professor of comparative politics at the University of Leiden, Netherlands in 1994. In 2005 he returned to Florence where he was appointed head of the department of politics and social sciences in 2007. Prof Mair specialised in the study of party and party systems and has written a number of books on the subject.

2016-17 Winners: Gyan Kothari and Kevin Roche

2017-18 Winners: Nina Carroll  and  Anna L. Blix

2018-19 Winners: Jack Heron, Ross Merriman

The Tom Garvin Award

This is an annual award, in the form of a letter, presented to the student with the highest mark in POL30490/POL30500 Advanced Politics.

Tom Garvin is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at University College Dublin and an alumnus of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of UCD with a BA in History and Politics and an MA in Politics. His PhD was awarded by the University of Georgia. He was a founding co-convenor of the Political Studies Association of Ireland from 1982 to 1984 and its first President from 1984 to 1987. In 1991 he became Professor of Politics at UCD and served as Head of Department from then until 2005. Professor Garvin boasts a large academic output including four outstanding works on Irish political life: 'The Evolution of Irish Nationalist Politics', 'Nationalist Revolutionaries in Ireland', '1922: The Birth of Irish Democracy', and 'Preventing the Future'.

2016-17 Winners: Beibhin Gallagher, Agate Jekabsone, Stephen O’Connell, Serena Pilkington and Kevin Roche 

2017-18 Winner: Anusha De 

2018-19 Winner: Ross Merriman 

The Attracta Ingram Award 

The Attracta Ingram Award is given for the best Master's thesis and was established in 2018. Professor Attracta Ingram is Professor Emeritus of the School of Politics and International Relations. She has published extensively in political and social theory, particularly on the philosophy of rights, social justice, pluralism, state and nation, constitutional patriotism, and cosmopolitanism. 

2017-18 Winner: Laurie Reilly

2018-19 Winners: Anselm Bareis, Matthew Zammit