Course Overview

The Diploma in Political Science and Sociology is designed to encourage students to examine the connections between political and sociological perspectives in relation to both national and international issues.  One of the common concerns of Political Science and Sociology is how and why societies change and what alternatives are desirable or possible.

This course is an ideal choice for individuals interested in the issues which affect modern day societies, political structures and associated policies. The diploma is suited to those who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the society they live in and the factors which contribute to the functioning (or malfunctioning) of that society. Second level teachers may also find this course beneficial in the context of Politics and Society.

Applications and Selections

Applications open in April for 2017

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of written assignments and examinations, online activities and block release workshops during the semester.

Basic computer skills will be an advantage. E-mail, internet and NUI Galway's online learning environment are in use throughout the course.

All applicants, whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated through the medium of the English language during their two most recent years of study, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL (IBT): 92. Please see this webpage for further information:

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Political Science & Sociology. Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the course on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements as outlined in the FAQs section.


Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level


Mode of study

Blended Learning

ECTS weighting





PAC code

Course Outline

A core feature of this course is to encourage students to think critically, to explore possibilities and to seek solutions to social and political problems. This diploma is ideal for students who wish to:

  • Understand the theoretical foundations of Political Science and Sociology
  • Examine key sociological theories and concepts and analyse social and political phenomena
  • Develop essential social research skills
  • Apply this knowledge in a social and public policy context

Students are required to complete three modules each year.

Year 1

Issues in Contemporary Society
Introduction to Politics and Sociology
Social Research Skills

 Year 2

Classical Social Thought
Practicing Sociology and Politics
Understanding Equality and Diversity
Development and Change

Further Education

The course may provide an opportunity for students to progress to degree level qualification.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Diploma in Political Science and Sociology is aimed at students who wish to develop their careers in areas that require:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Evaluation skills
  • The ability to work with diverse groups 

Students will be equipped with the fundamentals to embark on a career path in areas such as journalism, public administration and political consultancy.

Graduates may be employable in a range of public, private and not-for-profit organisations that involve analysing and communicating the origins of social practices to diverse audiences.

The course may provide an opportunity for students to progress to degree level qualification.   

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€970 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1470 p.a.
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: Job-seekers Benefit, Job-seekers Allowance, One-parent family allowance, Disability allowance, Community Employment Scheme or signing for social insurance contribution credits. Please download the 2017_18 Fees Scholarship Form CALPD for more information.

Find out More

Lisa Walshe 
Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development 
NUI Galway 
Tel: 091 495787

Access the Student Launchpad for course outlines, timetables etc.