Entry Points (2019)

Course Overview

Are you inquisitive by nature and curious about how the modern world has come to be? Would you like to find out how past events and long-term processes have shaped our contemporary globalised world? Are you trying to make sense of the major events that are happening in the world today such as Brexit and the Trump administration?

If so, this programme is for you.

We live in a globalised world, a world where there is an unprecedented flow of ideas, information, people, money, goods and services across borders. This NEW interdisciplinary course will enable you examine the cultural, political and economic forces that have shaped this globalised world. You will examine why society has changed and seek to understand the issues facing societies across the globe today such as migration, trade and race. You will analyse the links between culture and politics; why they matter and how and why our world developed in this way. 

You will combine a major in History with an additional two minors that will compliment your major studies. Given the interdisciplinary nature of this course, you will develop the critical faculties necessary to understand the processes of global integration over time and space, which will give you a deep understanding of cultural context and its importance in our world today.

The course places particular emphasis on developing your writing and research skills -skills which can be applied across both the academic and practical elements of the course, and which are vital in the workplace. In the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and in fields as diverse as business, diplomacy, development and education, individuals must always be conscious of the historical, cultural and political impact of their actions.

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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 2020

A Level Grades (2019)


Average intake


Closing Date
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Mode of study

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Course Outline

Students will take a major in History and follow thematic minor programmes in Globalisation Studies and one other relevant theme across Economic Policy, Italian or French. Modules are as follows (subject to change).

Students follow the History programme, along with Globalisation Studies and a thematic minor of their choice.
· Introduction to Global History
· Principles of Human Geography
· Introduction to Politics and Sociology
· Concepts and Practices in Politics and Sociology

History (seminar and lecture modules), thematic minor, and Globalisation Studies.
• Global History, 1780–1945
• Geographies of Migration
• Skills for Work

Students will undertake a combination of a one-semester work placement (places limited); on-campus studies; a semester abroad on
the Erasmus programme; or a full academic year abroad.

Completion of studies in History (major), thematic minor, and Globalisation Studies:
• Globalisation since 1945
• Mobilities
• Globalisation Studies Research Project

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

 According to Shuvo Saha, Director of Google’s Digital Academy, cultural intelligence is one of the keys to a successful career; the best graduates thrive on understanding ‘our brave new world and its contradictions’. Graduates of the BA (History and Globalisation) will develop these skills of cultural intelligence—the ability to understand, relate and work across different cultures—that have become highly valued in the modern workplace.

This programme provides robust preparation for a range of careers across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including business, the diplomatic service, international development, journalism, education, non-governmental organisations, international marketing and management, public service, the heritage industries and publishing.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

A number of places will be available in the third year of the programme for students to undertake a single semester work placement. The aim of these placements is for you to develop the knowledge and skills acquired on the programme in a professional setting.

Placement opportunities are competitive, programme specific, and subject to change depending on availability. Work placements include community, industry and on campus opportunities. Year three study opportunities are also available at NUI Galway and beyond.

Study Abroad

Students may apply to spend a semester or full academic year abroad as part of the third year of their studies. NUI Galway has Erasmus exchange programmes with a range of universities across Europe, where students can develop their language skills, experience different cultures, and engage with new ideas and topics. Semester abroad places are competitive and subject to availability.

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,300 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Tuition

€3,076 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Non EU

€16,650 p.a. 2020/21

EU Fees 2020/21:

- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy: €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.


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and Celtic Studies
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e. collegearts@nuigalway.ie

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