BA (Hons) History and Politics

University College Dublin

Course Overview

History and Politics is a classic combination of subjects for students looking to investigate the workings of government and society in contemporary and historical perspectives.

You will examine why society has changed and seek to understand the issues facing societies across the globe today. Through both subjects, the course will teach you the essential skills of writing, critical thinking, evaluating evidence, and assessing data. This programme offers an excellent interdisciplinary preparation by combining historical research with political science and political theory.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Dublin City

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 for study abroad opportunities in universities across Europe and worldwide. Both schools have a network of exchange agreements with partner universities.

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places


Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 19,900 p.a.

Living Costs per year

€ 12,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • You will study Irish, European, and world history, engaging with political, cultural, social, and economic aspects of history, and investigating historical change, from the impact of ideas to the role of class, gender, and race.
  • You will enjoy wide freedom of choice in third year to specialize in the area of study that most interests you. You may also undertake study abroad or apply for an internship in third year.
  • You will also study International Relations and a variety of political issues including political conflict, development, human rights, and political economy, always with a focus on the role of government, public policy, and citizens.
  • Assessment for History and Politics modules is through a mix of coursework, essays, learning journals, exams and presentations. In the final years, research papers and the dissertation make up a major part of your assessment.

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


  • Example of high school qualifications that are considered for Year 1 entry are as follows:
    A-Level, IB Diploma, US Diploma, SAT, ACT, AP, ILC, HKDSE, STPM, CBSE, CISCE, ATAR, CAPE and NCEA.
  • If you have a different high school qualification you may have to apply for a foundation programme.


  • Students who do not meet entry requirements for Year 1 can apply for a foundation programme at most universities. Contact our counsellors for further details and advice on a suitable course for you.

English Requirements

• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.

  1. A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
  2. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.

• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110. An interview may be required in conjunction with this.

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects

Graduates of History and Politics have developed key skills in research, analysis and communication that are highly valued by employers. The degree provides a wide range of future career opportunities in both the private and public sector. History and Politics graduates find employment in:
• International Organisations
• Broadcasting and Journalism
• Business
• Civil Service
• Law
• NGOs
• Publishing
• Public Relations
• Politics
• Research
• Teaching
• Marketing
• Policy making
• Tourism
• Heritage.