Politics - Arts

Arts: Joint Honours (Politics)

Course Details

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Course Type:
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Delivery Modes
Minimum Points
4 yr
+353 (0) 1


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

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.

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 www.dcu.ie/intra

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

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Careers & Further Options

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Politics is an ideal subject for people interested in issues such as public policy; human rights; international development; and conflict, security and peacebuilding.  It prepares graduates for a wide range of careers such as policy analysts, researchers and/or programme officers in national and international governmental organisations (GOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and International affairs. Graduates may also choose to work in multilateral agencies such as the European Union, the United Nations or the World Bank. Or they may choose to enter politics directly at local, national and international levels.

Career Areas:
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Law
  • European Affairs
  • Policy evaluation
  • Public Relations
  • Research
  • Politics 
  • International NGOs and European institutions 
  • Housing policy
  • Diplomatic service
  • Arts organisation  
  • Environmental Consultancy
  • Historian
  • Museum and Heritage Sector 
  • Archivist
  • Regional Development and Urban Planning


Entry Requirements

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

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

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.


Please visit our QQI FET webpage for details on DCU courses, open days, campus tours or school visits.


To apply to DCU, please visit www.cao.ie.

Applicants that have completed at least one year of study at NFQ Level 6, 7 or 8 at another institution may apply to continue their studies on a similar programme at DCU. There should be substantial overlap in content between the two programmes to be considered for a transfer. Results and other supporting documentation must be submitted to CAO by the closing date of 1st July. This is a competitive application process for a small quota of advanced entry places. Offers are made on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Early application is advised. Please note: Applicants should also consider applying through the appropriate route for first year entry to the programme they are interested in. This application process is only for advanced entry.

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.

Course Structure

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Politics (DC295)

Select Politics + One other subject from:

Geography | History | Law | World Religions and Theology

Politics: You'll study areas as diverse as international political economy, international development, the politics of climate change, politics of the Middle East, Chinese foreign policy, and conflict, security and peace.

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

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.

World Religions and Theology: 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.

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€16,000 per annum

How To Apply

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

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link http://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml

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

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

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 6th of November.

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at cao.ie

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