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Political science and geography

B.A.; 4 years full-time; 15 places; 485

What is Political Science and Geography?

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.

The two disciplines have been associated through the sub-fields of political geography, which covers geographical differences in voting patterns, for example, and through geo-politics, which examines how the great powers influence other parts of the planet. However, in a context of globalisation, interdisciplinary understandings of socio-environmental issues are becoming increasingly significant in solving the problems of the future, such as adaptation to climate change in the developing world.

Is this the right course for you?

If you are interested in the disciplines of Political Science and Geography and you hope to develop a critical understanding of the relationship between the earth’s natural and human phenomena and its political institutions and systems then, this may be the course for you.

Why study Political Science and Geography at Trinity?

The Departments of Political Science and Geography have some of the foremost scholars and lecturers in their field who are committed to providing cutting edge research and teaching.

The Department of Political Science is one of the top political science departments in Europe. In the 2014 QS rankings it was ranked 1st in Ireland, 10th in Europe, and 33rd in the world. Political Science has been an important part of the curriculum since 1855 and Trinity has developed an international reputation for its research work on the European Union, comparative politics, comparative public opinion, international relations as well as democracy and development

Geography at Trinity is a world leading department, ranked in the top 100 in the world (by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015). Staff have received major research grants from the European Research Council, United States National Science Foundation and many others. The department delivers an exciting curriculum which covers topics from global sustainability to the landscapes of Mars, delivered by world leading experts in their fields. Students also have the opportunity to undertake overseas fieldwork, in Mallorca, for example, to study overseas and to undertake substantial (guided) independent research projects. One first year student noted “It was the right choice as it is challenging and engaging because of its applicability to current affairs”.

What will you study?

In the first two years you will take twelve modules that will each require attendance, on average, of two hours of lectures and one tutorial per week.


In first year you will study three geography modules, covering Introduction to Geography I (Physical), Introduction to Geography II (Human-Physical Environment Interface) and Introduction to Geography III (Human). You will also study three political science modules covering Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to Sociology and Introduction to Economic Policy.


In second year you will study three geography modules covering Physical Geography, Human Geography and Geography seminars, and three political science modules covering Comparative Politics, International Relations, and the History of Political Thought.

All first and second year modules are mandatory.


In third year students take each subject equally. On the geography side, modules are drawn from a list of options available on: For those students planning to continue geography in fourth year as their sole subject, Advanced Research Methods in Geography is compulsory. On the political science side, students may take any three options. See: to view the modules currently offered). Students intending to take Political Science as their sole subject in fourth year must take Research Methods for Political Scientists in their third year.


In fourth year, students may take both subjects equally or one subject alone. There is a reduction in the number of modules required to allow greater depth of study and more independent work.

For students taking Geography or Political Science as their sole subject in this year a research thesis or dissertation is compulsory. See: to view the current modules offered for fourth year students in Geography and: for those offered in Political Science.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for students to spend all or part of the third year studying abroad in the Czech Republic (Charles University Prague), United Kingdom (Exeter University), France (University of Bordeaux III, and The University of Paris Sorbonne), the Netherlands (University of Utrecht), Sweden (Stockholm University), Poland or Spain.

Participating in these opportunities is dependent upon the exchange fulfilling the course requirements of both departments.


Careers for graduates lie in fields such as public and European affairs, overseas assistance, resource management and risk assessment, the supply of environmental-related advice to governments and industry, the study and practice of environmental policymaking, and teaching and higher education.

The varied and exciting career paths of some of our graduates can be found at:

Further information


Tel: +353 1 896 1840

Course Options




4 years full-time

Points Required


Number of Places


CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is


Minimum entry points required are 485
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Admission Requirements

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EU Applicants

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Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

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Political Science and Geography, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 01/FEB/2016

Non-EU Applicants

  • Political Science and Geography, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 30/JUN/2016