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Political Science and Geography

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. Recent global changes, such as climate change, the refugee crisis in Europe, and separatist movements require an interdisciplinary understandings of socio-environmental issues. The course Political Science and Geography aims to provide the student with the interdisciplinary set of tools necessary to understand and address these growing challenges


Political Science and Geography : The 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. Trinity, with its world-renowned research faculty, facilities, and unique emphasis on transferable methodological skills, will provide you the tools that you need and that employers seek.

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What our current and past students say about the course:

Aisling O’Boyle
Senior Sophister

“I chose to study Political Science and Geography at Trinity because it is the only college in Ireland which offers these subjects as a specific course and is unique in that you study both a natural science and a social science. With only 15 people you automatically have a strong group of friends and a great course dynamic.

Geography in Trinity is situated in the beautiful Museum Building and there are a large range of subjects across Physical and Human Geography meaning you can specialise in your final two years. In Political Science you explore a broad range of fascinating concepts and topics while building strong research and analytical skills.

The magic of Trinity lies in its societies which enable you to build friendships, skills, and knowledge outside the classroom.

I would recommend Political Science and Geography for anyone who wants to learn more about the world around us and the structures and forces that govern it”.

María Fernández-Pita
Political Science and Geography (joint Honors Political Science and Geography), June 2016

“The Political Science and Geography joint honors degree gave me the opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of many of the current affairs that are shaping today’s world; from climate change to human rights issues, touching, also, upon pressing problems society faces today,  such as terrorism.

Trinity College encouraged independent learning and gave us every facility to undertake research thanks to its extensive library and the best and most current academic tools to enable its students to learn. Coupled with the beauty of its campus, and the many activities one can get involved in during university in terms of societies and clubs, it was impossible not to fall in love with Dublin over the four years of my degree. 

Two years later I find myself applying the critical thinking and analysis skills the degree equipped me with within my MSc Program in Management at IE Business School, specialising in international business”. 

Course Structure

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 the Senior Sophister (fourth) year there is a reduction in the number of modules required to allow greater depth of study and more independent work.

The Junior Fresh (first) year

In the Junior Fresh (first) year you will study three Geography modules covering ‘Human Geography: Society and Space’, ‘The Anthropocene’ and ‘Spaceship Earth: An Introduction to Earth System Science’, and three Political Science modules covering Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to Sociology and Introduction to Economic Policy.

And three Political science modules covering Introduction to political science, Introduction to sociology and Introduction to economic policy.

The Senoir Fresh (second) year

In the Senior Fresh (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. You will also have the option to study a Broad Curriculum module.

The Junior Sophister (third) year

In the Junior Sophister (third) year students take each subject equally. On the Geography side modules are drawn from a list of options (see for more information). For those students planning to continue Geography in the Senior Sophister (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 alone in the fourth year must take Research methods for political scientists in their third year.

The Senoir Sophister (fourth) year

In the Senior Sophister (fourth) year, students may take both subjects equally or one subject alone. For students taking geography or political science as their sole subject in this year a research thesis or dissertation is compulsory. See here to view the current modules offered for Senior Sophisters (fourth-year students) in Geography and here for those offered in Political Science.

Most modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination performance.


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.

Career Opportunities

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 here.

Admission Requirements

For general admission requirements please click here.

Special Entry Requirements

Note: Students may apply to transfer to Geography in the single honours Science for their final two years.

Get in Touch

Tel: +353 1 896 1298
Course Director: Dr. Patrick Bresnihan,, 2661