Politics Awards 2019

The Department of Government and Politics was delighted to celebrate achievements of its BA and MA Politics students on the evening of 28th March. Family and friends joined with staff to congratulate the students on their achievements.

Niall McMahon was awarded the BA1 Student of the Year 2018. Dr David Fitzgerald, School of History, presented the award.

Niall McMahon (right) with Dr David Fitzgerald

Eimear Buckley was awarded the BA2 Student of the Year 2018. As Eimear was unable to join us, her sister Niamh accepted the award on her behalf, from Dr. Mervyn O’Driscoll, School of History.


Niamh Buckley (right) accepting the award, on behalf of her sister Eimear, from Dr Mervyn O’Driscoll

Seamus Allen received the award for BA3 Student of the Year for 2018. Prof. Don Ross, Department of Philosophy, presented the award to him.

Seamus Allen (right) accepting the award from Prof. Don Ross

The award for BA3 Best Dissertation for 2018 was awarded to Eoghan O’Neill. Unfortunately, Eoghan was unable to join us on the night.


Ruth Linehan was awarded the MA Student of the Year for 2018. Dr Liam Weeks, Department of Government and Politics, presented the award.


Dr Liam Weeks presenting the award to Ruth Linehan.


The final award of the evening was the presentation of the Diarmuid Whelan Memorial Cup to Ruth Linehan as the winner of the MA Best Dissertation for 2018. Dr Jason Dockstader, Department of Philosophy, presented the award to Ruth.

Ruth Linehan (right) with Dr Jason Dockstader

The Award winners with Dr Clodagh Harris, Head of Department of Government & Politics. From left to right, Niamh Buckley, Seamus Allen, Ruth Linehan, Dr Clodagh Harris, and Niall McMahon.



Department of Government and Politics students interning in the New York State Assembly

In January 2019, five students of the BSc Government degree will travel to Albany, New York to undertake work placement in the New York State Assembly. Sam Cronin, Jane Faller, Kelly McEveney, Liam O’Donovan and Lewis O’Shea will form part of the latest group of UCC students to participate in this internship programme, a relationship that extends back to 2002. In that time 90 students have experienced working in US politics in a structured work placement and academic programme.

Under the directorship of Dr Fiona Buckley, the Department of Government and Politics has pioneered the inclusion of work placement in political science degrees in Ireland. As well as work placement in the New York State Assembly, the Department also offers its students the opportunity to work in the Scottish Parliament, the European Parliament, the Oireachtas, Westminster, the Massachusetts State Legislature, government agencies, NGOs, and local authorities.

Picture shows the New York State Assembly in Albany, New York.

MSc International Public Policy and Diplomacy Student Review

BA Politics graduate 2018, Seamus Allen, has joined our MSc International Public Policy and Diplomacy (MSc IPPD) degree programme in September 2018. Please open the link to read what he has to say about the programme:


Department of Government and Politics PhD Studentships

Departmental Studentships

Application Deadline: 5 pm, Friday 20 April 2018

The Department of Government and Politics at University College Cork is pleased to announce a call for applications for its 2018-2019 PhD Government Studentship. The aim of the Studentship is to attract PhD students with outstanding academic promise in any area of government and political science, and to provide them with supervised training and teaching opportunities that will contribute to their professional development. The Studentship is open to both EU and non-EU applicants. It will ordinarily cover PhD fees up to the EU fee level (currently set at €5770 per annum). The scholarship will take the form of fee waivers (which are tax free). Dependent on resources and applicants, the Department will consider whether it can make additional funding available (including up to the non-EU fee level of €11,540 per annum for international students). This scholarship is only open to new applicants and not to existing PhD students of the Department of Government and Politics.

The Department of Government and Politics research and teaching encompasses the full breadth of the discipline of political science, including: Irish politics; comparative politics; political theory; public policy/public administration; the European Union; and international politics. Prospective applicants are therefore encouraged to consult the staff pages of the Government and Politics Department website, in which staff outline their research interests and indicate areas of research in which they would be happy to supervise PhD students:

The Studentship will normally be awarded for a period of one year in the first instance, and is renewable for up to three years, subject to annual review. All PhD students in receipt of a Studentship will be required to contribute to the Department’s teaching, through either tutorials, dissertation support for undergraduate or masters students, and/or lecturing. This will normally take the form of a maximum of 60 tutorial hours, a maximum of 48 lecture hours, or some combination of the two, to be agreed with the Head of Department. Prospective applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Department’s Book of taught Modules:

In order to be considered for a Studentship, applicants must submit a formal application to study for a PhD in Government and Politics via PAC, a central processing point for all applications to read for higher degrees at Irish universities. Further details about the PhD Government programme, including application procedures, may be found on the PhD page of the Government and Politics Department website: In addition to this material, PhD applicants who wish to be considered for a Studentship must also submit a 1-2 page formal application letter summarising their research and teaching interests and explaining why they believe they should be considered for a PhD Government Studentship. Applicants should outline any teaching, tutorial and dissertation support experience they have and subject areas in which they would be able to teach. Letters should be sent in the form of an email to the Director of the PhD programme, Dr. Laurence Davis (, to be received no later than 5 pm on Friday 20 April 2018. Informal queries are also very welcome, and may be directed to Dr. Davis via email. Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss possible applications with staff members whose research is most relevant to their areas of interest.

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