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History and Political Science (TR012)

History and Political Science provides students with an understanding of how contemporary political issues are informed by historical events with students learning how to interrogate history and contemporary political questions using analytical skills from both disciplines.

Timetable for modules in Political Science is now available. Please be advised that this document is liable to some slight change and your SITS portal should be regarded as the ultimate source of truth.


What is History and Political Science?

Trinity's History and Political Science course combines the strength of a broad-based education in the first two years with the freedom to explore areas of particular interest to individual students in the final two years. The combination allows students to engage with problems past and present, national and international, using a range of approaches, but with an emphasis on self-directed study and the development of intellectual skills. Students learn through a mixture of classroom-based lectures and tutorials, as well as through independent learning.

Course Structure

In the first three years, students study the two subjects equally, while in the final year they may choose to concentrate exclusively on either Political Science or History, or to continue with both equally.

In second year there is the option of replacing one Political Science module by broad curriculum or language modules, while in third year there is the opportunity to study abroad at a university outside Ireland.

Find out more about Political Science and History modules.

Is it for me?

Recent graduates are pursuing careers in government and the public sector, media, accountancy and business, to name just a few. Some graduates each year progress to further study in areas as diverse as medicine, film production, graphic design and business as well as areas more closely related to history and political science. The possibilities are boundless – our alumni pages give an indication of some of the careers followed by political science graduates.

What are the entry requirements?

In 2018, minimum CAO entry points were 540 points with 24 places being available in the programme. Please visit the Study at Trinity website for additional details regarding admissions requirements.