Welcome to the School of Political Science & Sociology. The School is dynamic, innovative and internationally recognised for its research, teaching and service to its students and to wider communities. We offer a wide range of taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, which provide students with the knowledge and skills required for varied career paths. We also offer many opportunities for postgraduate research in the social sciences. In addition to the numerous undergraduate students who choose political and sociological studies as a core Arts subject, dozens of students enrol each year in our MA programmes, while as many more pursue PhD studies in the School.

In particular, the School has a well established reputation for research on Children, Youth and Families; Power, Conflict and Ideologies; Gender, Empowerment and Globalisation and Governance and Sustainable Development. It brings together an international, cross-disciplinary group of 40 academic staff members with diverse backgrounds in politics and sociology, as well as anthropology, business, community and international development, economics, social policy, social work, and women's and gender studies.

Please take a look around our site to discover the types of undergraduate and post graduate degrees we offer and what type of research we do.

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The School offers an opportunity unique in Ireland to study a combined programme of political science and sociological studies.

Since our foundation in 1967, we have developed an extensive and highly-reputed teaching and research expertise. The School prides itself on its accessible, inclusive and stimulating learning environment for all students.

We offer three undergraduate programmes, BA (Joint-Honours), BA Child, Youth and Family: Policy and Practice, and BA in Public and Social Policy.

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The School of Political Science and Sociology is proud to offer a suite of taught MA and PhD programmes for new graduates and mature students who want to embark upon professional paths that will make a difference. Our programmes are grounded in the best research and delivered by teams of experienced academics with extensive practical knowledge and a commitment to ensuring an accessible learning experience for our students.   All programmes include valuable professional networking or workplace experience.

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International Students

The School of Political Science and Sociology has a strongly international orientation. Our researchers and research clusters conduct and communicate their research internationally and participate in international research, policy and advocacy networks. Our curriculum is informed by our research and is global in its scope, providing diverse opportunities for in-depth elective studies. The School welcomes between 50-100 international students every year, including many European Erasmus and North American Junior Year Abroad students, as well as students and postgraduate fellows from many other countries. 

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