BA History and Globalization Studies

NUI Galway

Course Overview

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.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?


What is the length of the course?

4 Years Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

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.

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places


Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 15,850

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • This NEW interdisciplinary course will enable you examine the cultural, political and economic forces that have shaped this globalised world.
  • You will analyse the links between culture and politics; why they matter and how and why our world developed in this way.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum 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 recognized for entry purposes.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects

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 Globalization) 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.


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.