Entry Points (2018)

Course Overview

Do you want to better understand how government works and how public policy can be improved? Do you want to better understand how politics, economics and law combine to produce public and social policy? Are you interested in working in government, business, or law? If so, then the BA: Government (Politics, Economics, and Law) at NUI Galway is for you The three core disciplines of this degree combine to give graduates unique knowledge and background to develop careers in both the private and public sectors

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades (2018)


Average intake


Closing Date

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline


• Principles of Microeconomics
• Principles of Macroeconomics
• Economics Coursework
• Introduction to Research in Public and Social Policy
• Irish Legal Systems
• Law and Social Policy
• Administrative Law I
• Introduction to Politics and Sociology
• Concepts and Practices in Politics and Sociology
• Problems in Politics and Sociology
• Public and Social Policy in Ireland

• Intermediate Microeconomics
• Mathematics for Economics
• Sociology of Law
• Constitutional Law I
• European Politics OR Social Issues and Policy Responses
• Public Administration
• Intermediate Macroeconomics
• Economics of Public Policy
• Constitutional Law II
• Health Law and Policy
• Modern Political Thought (Political Theory) or Classical Social Thought (Social Theory)
• Methods for Social and Political Scientists

Work Placement, Study Abroad, Research Project and Complementary Study Options.

• Topics in Microeconomic Theory
• European Community Law I
• Development and Change
• Theories of the Policy Process
• Public Economics
• European Community Law II
• Comparative Public Policy
• Policy Seminar
• Choice of modules in Economics, Law, and Sociological and Political Studies

Further Education

With a solid base in three key disciplines this degree uniquely creates and enhances prospects for further study in business (such as an MBA), economics, political science, law, human relations, public policy analysis, sociology, and community development. Those who wish to pursue a career in law will be exempted from the first year of their LLB.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This degree combines the study of politics, economics and law. This degree creates career opportunities in local and national government, business, non-profit organisations, consultancy, public affairs, professional services, the EU and global development agencies. The multidisciplinary nature of the degree also opens opportunities in public administration, policy analysis, industrial relations, public relations, journalism, social work, community work, political advocacy, management, economics and law.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Students can avail of opportunities to study abroad with the Erasmus programme throughout Europe.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Find out More

College of Arts, Social Sciences,
and Celtic Studies
t. +353 91 493958
e. collegearts@nuigalway.ie