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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. You may wish to follow us on twitter at @TCDPoliticalSci.

PPES - 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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BESS - 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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Joint Honours Political Science

Allows students to study two subjects to degree level with advanced specialisation in one or both subjects depending on their course choices. The Joint Honors programme offers a choice of four subjects which complement the study of Political Science including:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Social Policy

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