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chartsTrinity's School of Business is a globally recognised innovative, dynamic and leading business school. It offers a range of undergraduate, masters and PhD programmes, has a commitment to research-based teaching, and provides intimate, tutorially-oriented educational philosophy. The School enjoys a strong international profile and maintains excellent relationships with Irish and global organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Business is a long established discipline in Trinity College and today the Business School has a host of top international professors and leading business people who engage with the students, challenge them and guide them into top roles in the global business world. Past Trinity College School of Business students are now leaders in the world of business, government, entertainment, technology, innovation and non-profit businesses, both in Ireland and internationally.


economicsMany of the problems which dominate our newspaper headlines are economic problems. Why do a small number of countries enjoy high living standards and high growth rates? What are the best ways to tackle and reduce poverty? Is it possible to pursue economic growth and still protect our natural and physical environments? Economics blends together theory, data and statistical techniques to help understand economic problems and to make policy recommendations which hopefully will improve the welfare and living standards of our society.

Economics has been an important part of the College's curriculum since 1832 when the Whately Chair of Political Economy was established. The Economics Department has a strong research record, with a particular emphasis on applied economics. Its main research strengths include international macroeconomics and various areas in applied microeconomics (including international development, energy economics, cultural economics, industrial economics).

Political Science

flagsPolitics affects us all in our daily lives. It's easy to think of issues that we all have opinions about. Should government tax the rich to try to achieve greater equality? Should it introduce ‘green taxes' in order to protect the environment? Should the amount of money the EU spends on the agricultural sector be cut? How high a priority should third world aid be? Questions such as these, along with analysis of political systems and how democracy works, are at the heart of the study of politics.

Political Science has been an important part of the College's curriculum since 1855 and Trinity is recognised world-wide for its research work on the European Union, international relations, comparative politics and public opinion. It is a vibrant, outward-looking department that combines intensive research activity with the strongest commitment to high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.


garmentsIf you are curious about people and society then Sociology is the course for you. Sociology provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the rapidly changing nature of contemporary society. With core themes such as migration, race and gender, conflict studies, digitalisation, identities and employment studies, you will gain a critical global perspective on a variety of social issues.

There has been a rich tradition of sociological education at Trinity College since the 1960s. The Department is committed to advancing the understanding of society and to igniting the passion of our students through exceptional teaching and research. It has an active research programme and is recognised internationally for its work on migration, conflict, education and employment.

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