Government BSc (Hons)

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Course Code: CK210

Course Title: Government

College: Business and Law


Duration: 4 Years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2015/16 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €165.

Entry Requirements: HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from: Irish, English, another language, Mathematics and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Entry Points: 2015: 340. Points may vary from year to year.


Students of the four-year BSc Government will be the political and business leaders of tomorrow and a vital part of the generation that shapes the 21st century.

This is one of an exciting new generation of UCC degrees, combining political science with a range of other subjects in business, law, modern languages, social sciences and information technology. It also offers a work placement in Year 3, including a prestigious internship in the New York State Legislature as well as other highly prized placements in international and national institutions.

Now more than ever the study of government and politics is crucial. Politics affects everyone. Aristotle called politics the master science for a reason – he understood that through politics, the future of the world is shaped.

Course Details

Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems and political behaviour. There is no single reason to study politics. You may have an interest in the workings of government, or some questions about the civic nature of our society. Or some event – either domestic or international – may arouse your interest, making you want to know more than you can learn through television or newspapers.

Studying politics means studying the real world and developing the skills to make sense of that world. A degree in political science is not geared to any particular type of job. It will prepare you for many forms of employment or further study. You will gain analytical and practical skills, invaluable in today’s competitive employment market. Political science graduates are recognised as flexible people who can fit into a variety of positions in modern life.

A degree in political science will equip you for all sorts of careers: political activity, management, retail, banking, government departments, local government and international organisations. Political science graduates work in the media and for pressure groups, become consultants and go on to lecturing and research posts at universities. Others become teachers in secondary schools.

Studying political science provides you with many choices when you graduate.

Year 1
Core modules:

  • Politics of the EU
  • Citizenship and Human Rights
  • Irish Politics
  • Public Law

Year 2
Core modules:

  • Public Management
  • Political Ethics
  • International Politics
  • Comparative European Politics

Year 3
Core modules:

  • Work Placement
  • Elections and Voting
  • Northern Ireland Politics
  • US Politics

Year 4
Core modules:

  • Research project
  • Global Governance
  • French Politics
  • European Framework

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements: HC3 in two subjects, and passes in four other subjects at H or O level  from Irish, English, another language, Maths and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO ( and may be required to sit an entrance test and/or interview. Leaving Certificate Maths is recommended. Approximately five places are available on this programme for mature applicants.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants.

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO ( and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Course Practicalities

This course involves about 12 hours of lectures each week, as well as tutorials, field trips and guest lectures.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, oral presentations, submissions to government, letters to editors, poster design.

Further Contact Information

Dr Aodh Quinlivan

Director of BSc Government

T: +353 (21) 490 3368


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