Course Title
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Economics, Politics and Law

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics, Politics and Law

  • CAO CodeDC230
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2019 400
  • Duration 3 or 4 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€6,679
  • Non EU Fees€15,000
About fees & requirements

The BA in Economics, Politics and Law (EPL) will challenge you to explore how its key disciplines interact in contemporary Irish society and how they shape the current global environment. You’ll also gain an understanding of how economics, politics and law are inextricably bound together and how they can be applied to real world situations. This extremely versatile degree can be exercised in a number of professions.

The course can be completed in three years or in four with an optional Third Year abroad in the US, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Denmark, Sweden or a one of a selection of other locations.

Why do this course?

  • Set yourself apart with the only degree in Ireland integrating these Economics, Politics and Law disciplines in one programme
  • Build strong foundations in economics, politics and law, and learn how to apply knowledge to a number of related professions
  • Develop your oral and written communication skills, research techniques, critical thinking, and teamwork and research abilities
  • Maximise your learning potential with a dedicated research methods module that will equip you with a variety of study skills
  • Spend a year in Paris, Gothenburg, Budapest, Prague, Istanbul, Arizona or one of a selection of other locations with DCU’s study abroad option
  • Benefit from the expertise and experience of a dedicated, supportive and highly qualified academic team from both the School of Law and Government and the DCU Business School

Student Voice

This is an exceptionally interesting course, teaching you about how the world really works. There are unique modules taught nowhere else in Ireland and the lecturers have very innovative ways of teaching. But it's not all about the course. DCU is the best University in the country with exceptionally active societies that actually reward students for getting involved. You get marks for extra-curricular work. And there's a society for everyone. If I could change one thing I would make my time in DCU longer.

John Sheridan, EPL 2

Student Lisa Duke talks about her experiences doing the Economics, Politics and Law degree.

About the course

In the first two years of the course, there’s an equal weighting of the three disciplines.

Three compulsory research methods modules taken in Year One will provide core learning skills that you’ll use throughout your degree.

In Years Two and Three, your modules will further enhance your knowledge of research methods and dissertation skills in all three disciplines. These skills will provide you with the necessary tools to analyse major issues affecting our world today from an economic, political and legal perspective.

In Year Three, you take a core module in each discipline. After that, you are free to specialise in one of the three disciplines or continue to study a combination of all three.

EPL is normally a three-year course. However, you can elect to spend an extra year abroad in one of our partner universities, before returning to complete the final year of your course in DCU.

Internship Year You can opt to apply for a year-long INTRA work placement in Year Three. This will give you a unique opportunity to enhance your CV, increase your employability and experience the relevance of your study in the real world. This option is competitive and subject to the availability of placements. For more information on the INTRA programme at DCU, please visit


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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.


EPL graduates find work in public service and private industry in international and European institutions in:

  • Tax/financial services

  • Journalism

  • Policy-evaluation

  • Research

They also pursue:

  • Further studies in teaching

  • Higher degrees in economics, politics, law, international relations, business and journalism

  • Careers as trainee solicitors, on successful completion of relevant entrance exams

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

O4 or H6 in Mathematics

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:

GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE C Mathematics

QQI level 5

For details of QQI 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 for mature students, please 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, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

Fees & Payments

For information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet.

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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics, Politics and Law Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €6,679 €15,000