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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

International Relations

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in International Relations

  • CAO CodeDC231
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2017 400
  • Duration 3 or 4 Years

The International Relations degree will give you insight into the major world issues that challenge and fascinate us today. You’ll examine the forces that shape contemporary societies, such as globalisation, international law, third-world debt and American foreign policy. You’ll also study key institutions like the European Union and the United Nations.

You’ll learn from staff with expertise in areas such as Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, European Union studies, Middle-Eastern studies, International Security and Conflict Studies, International Law and Aid, and Development Studies.

The programme also prepares you for the work force by imparting broader abilities, such as oral and written communication skills, the capacity to think analytically, teamwork skills, and research techniques.

Why do this course?

  • Set yourself apart with the only BA dedicated to International Relations in Ireland
  • Investigate the organisation and interaction of modern societies
  • Spend an optional year studying abroad
  • Be part of a School known for its expertise in Governance and International Relations
  • Benefit from the skills and experience of our dedicated, supportive and highly qualified academic team
  • Develop a range of multidisciplinary skills in high demand by employers

Student Voice

The wide range of courses on offer in the International Relations degree allows you to explore interests you already have, and discover an interest in subjects you may not have thought about. Lecturers are always approachable, friendly and available. The opportunity to study abroad in third year was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

Catherine Connolly, IR Graduate

Graduate View

DCU student Beryl Boemer talks about her experience in the International Relations undergrad course.

About the course

Combined with the extensive optional modules available, you’ll have plenty of flexibility in what you choose to study alongside the core elements.

Optional modules start in Year One, so you can choose to take the Language stream (choose from intermediate French, ab-initio (beginner level) German or Spanish, or intermediate German or Spanish), the American Studies stream, or the Intercultural Studies stream. The stream you choose will run for each of the three years of your degree.

The BA in International Relations is normally a three-year course. However, you may elect to spend an extra year abroad in one of our partner universities in in China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the USA. This is an excellent opportunity to experience another society at first hand.

After you complete the year abroad, you’ll return to DCU for your final year.

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.


  • Commerce
  • Development
  • Education
  • International and public policy
  • Law
  • Policy evaluation and research
  • Security

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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 student 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