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 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.

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.



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