School of Law and Government

Economics, Politics and Law

BA in Economics, Politics and Law (EPL)
CAO Code:
DC230
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Delivery Modes
Full-Time
Minimum Points
431
Duration
3 or 4 Years
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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.

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 Graduate

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. 

 

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
Avail of the opportunity to study abroad or undertake an INTRA work placement
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
View the current course structure

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U.  The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and Socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUfm. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

John Sheridan, EPL Graduate

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 Graduate

So much of our lives depends on government decisions, which have the economy, politics and the law at the centre of them. Graduates from the EPL programme take away a keen understanding of public policy and how government decisions are made with the ability to identify emerging issues and analyse proposals.

The EPL degree opens the door to a broad range of careers in law, consultancy, finance and various aspects of public policy making, including elected politics, social and political research, journalism, public affairs and advocacy. Organisations across the public, private and not for profit sectors depend on a keen knowledge of political, economic and legal environments, and this unique programme is geared to giving students the core skills that maximise their employability.

Career Areas:
  • Politics
  • Public Service
  • Broadcasting/Journalism
  • Legal Service Advocacy/Campaigning
  • Tax/financial services
  • Policy-evaluation
  • Research Academia
  • Teaching Not for profit

Requirements

Leaving Cert

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

FET 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. 

EU 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.  Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.  

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.

Fees

Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

Next Steps

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

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.

EU Transfer Applicants

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.  

Make an Application

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