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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Arts (Politics)

Bachelor of Arts (BAJP)

  • CAO CodeDC295
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2017 360
  • Duration 3 Years

Choose from a range of Arts subjects for a degree with multifaceted perspectives. You’ll examine areas central to contemporary society, including tradition, culture, theology, law, politics, communication, human-environment relations, and human behavior.

You’ll graduate with an honours degree in one of five areas, Humanities (DC009), Media Studies (DC291), Law (DC292), International Languages (DC293) and Politics (DC295); each of these is comprised of a pairing from a range of 14 subjects, described in more detail in the About the Course tab above.

You’ll have the option to take a year abroad, extending your degree to four years and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) International.

This programme will prepare you for a variety of careers and also provides a foundation for postgraduate study.

Why do this course?

  • Be part of a close-knit academic and social community
  • Diverse choice of subjects
  • Internationally recognised lecturers in their area of expertise
  • Become an independent and creative thinker
  • Opportunity to study abroad at one of our international partner institutions
  • Graduate with in-depth knowledge of your chosen subjects and a range of transferable skills

Student Voice

I picked the Bachelor of Arts programme because it meant I could study two languages at the same level. DCU was a great choice; being under the school of Fiontar meant the teaching quality was excellent and loads of facilities were available to me. I also had the opportunity to spend a year studying in France with the course which was great

Barra Ó Scannláin Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours)

About the course

Politics (DC295)

Select Politics + One other subject from:

Geography | History | Law | Theology and Religious Studies

Politics: You'll study areas as diverse as counter-terrorism, the European Union, international organisations, international political economy, the Middle and development.

Geography: You’ll examine human activity, human-environment relations and physical environments at a variety of scales, from the local through to the global.

History: You’ll explore how human beings behave grounded on a close examination of how they have behaved in the past in all spheres of the world but with a particular emphasis on Ireland.

Law: You’ll learn about constitutional and criminal law, about property and European law and the law of evidence.

Theology and Religious Studies: You'll critically engage with the big questions about life in order to understand the historical and contemporary significance of religious faith and contemporary ethical dilemmas.

View the current course structure →

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


Graduates look for work in a range of areas, including:

  • Advertising
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Journalist
  • Law
  • Policy evaluation
  • Public Relations
  • Research


Leaving Certificate

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

GCE A Level

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

Transfer Applications

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 in relevant areas. Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download an application form by clicking here