Street protests, local elections, European treaties, parliamentary debate, local council decisions, industrial conflict – all are part of the everyday life of politics. Politics is about how we figure out what our society should look like. It is also about power and inequality. At NUI Maynooth, you will explore the way politics shapes our lives, the different forms that politics takes, and how politics is organised in different countries. As a student, you will examine the nature of active citizenship, international issues, and the tensions between democracy, power and injustice. You will explore Irish and international politics, including a focus on Europe, the US, or Latin America. You will also have an opportunity to carry out research into political life, developing analytical and presentation skills.
Applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate with two Higher Level papers at C3 and four Ordinary or Higher Level papers at grade D3
This course requires 3 additional subjects
Mature students - Information:
Mature Students must fill out the NUI Maynooth Mature Student Application Form available at http://admissions.nuim.ie/mature_students/mature_form.shtml. It is essential that you also apply to the CAO further details available at www.cao.ie.. Both applications must be received before the 1st of February.
Mature students - Closing dates for application:
The closing date for mature applications is February 1st.
As a Double Honours BA degree, Politics is taken with two other subjects in First Year and with one other subject in Second and Third Year. (Note: In First Year, students can choose at most one subject from among Biology, Computer Science, Law, Music, Physics with Astronomy, Sociology, Spanish.) Students who opt to spend a year studying abroad are awarded a BA (International) degree.
|Cannot be combined with|
First Year: English, Mathematical Studies, Psychology
Second Year: Computer Science, English, Mathematical Studies, Music, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics
|Career and postgraduate options|
Politics students acquire useful tools such as the ability to understand topical issues, investigative and research capabilities, and strong communication skills – opening up a wide variety of career options. While some graduates may enter electoral and party politics, many more will work in areas such as public policy, the media, international affairs, the European Union, human rights, community work, activism and business and management.
- MA Programmes: ‘Societies in Transition’ and ‘Society & Space’.
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site