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Trinity’s Department of Political Science is very highly rated: in the 2018 QS rankings it was number 1 in Ireland, number 16 in Europe and number 43 in the world. A degree in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin is recognised as a mark of quality. Political Science will appeal to students who are excited about exploring the background to current events, the nature and use of power and how decisions are made that impact on wider society. If you are interested in becoming more engaged in public affairs and in understanding activities and ideas that will shape the future then political science is the degree choice for you.

Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology (TR015)

Brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the social and human world, developing skills relevant to a wide range of future careers and activities. There is a gradual specialisation over the course of the degree with students ultimately having the option to just study Political Science or to combine with Philosophy, Economics or Sociology.

"Having politics as part of my degree has equipped me with analytical and problem solving skills that are very attractive to employers." -- PPES Graduate

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Business, Economics and Social Studies (TR081)

Provides a broad introduction to the social sciences and business, combined with the opportunity to specialise solely in Political Science or to combine with the study of Business, Economics or Sociology. It is a uniquely flexible programme where, after a common first year, students can adjust their course options to reflect their academic strengths, interests and emerging career aspirations.

"In addition to lectures, each class had a tutorial group led either by graduate students or the lecturers themselves, which offered excellent opportunities to learn from our peers." -- BESS Graduate

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History and Political Science (TR012)

History and Political Science have a close affinity and the combination of the two in a joint honors programme provides for an interesting and stimulating course. In the first three years students take both subjects, while in the fourth year they may choose to concentrate exclusively on either subject or to continue with both.

"From Introduction to Political Science in first year all the way up to my specialist subjects in fourth year I was exposed to the latest research and theories, but also taught how they impacted in the real world." -- History and Political Science Graduate

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Law and Political Science (TR020)

Provides the opportunity to learn about two deeply connected subjects and their relationship to each other. It will be of particular interest to students whose intellectual or career interests in politics and public service would be strengthened by knowledge of the law or who are interested in pursuing a legal career and want a wider political understanding.

"It is a course which attracts bright, articulate and diverse people year in year out. The small group size naturally creates a solid foundation for friendships that I know will last well beyond the walls of Trinity." -- Law and Political Science Student

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Political Science and Geography (TR029)

In a rapidly changing international economic, political, security and environmental context the tools of Political Science and Geography are becoming increasingly important to analyse global problems and provide policy solutions. This course combines analytical rigour with an understanding of real world variations and complexities.

"My main areas of focus have been European politics, human development and climate change. It is therefore a degree that deals with current affairs whilst providing a strong theoretical basis and independence to study." -- Political Science and Geography Graduate

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