The academic study of politics is concerned with the sources of conflict, co-operation, power and decision-making within and between societies, how differences are expressed through ideology and organisation, and how, if at all, disagreements and problems are resolved. We look at conflict, co-operation and its origins, dynamics and trajectories, at theories of society, at the value and ethical basis of political ideas and action, and at politics in different national and historical contexts. Politics in deeply-divided societies, the politics and theory of international relations, political ideologies, the politics of self and other in a media culture, gender inequality, political institutions, parties and elections, the politics of sustainable development, energy, climate change, international political economy and finance and the European Union - these are just some of the areas that we cover. With over 30 staff at the cutting edge of research and publication, the School is the largest in Ireland and one of the largest in the UK and Ireland with specialisms in Irish and British politics, political theory, sustainable development, the politics of film and literature, gender, the Middle East, European Union politics, ethnic conflict and international relations.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||ABB||A-level General Studies and Critical Thinking are normally excluded from offers. However, the grade achieved may be taken into account when results are published in August and may be used in a tie-break situation.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Successful completion of BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) at Level 3) with 660 GLH (including externally assessed units) at Distinction and 420 GLH at Merit.|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 24 credits M: 21 credits||Successful completion of the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 60 credits is required, including 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.|
|Scottish Higher||ABBBB||Separate targets are shown for Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers but offers are normally made on the basis of a combination of the two.|
|Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)||Successful completion of BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (180 credits) with 120 credits at Distinction grade and 60 credits at Merit grade.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||ABB||Separate targets are shown for Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers but offers are normally made on the basis of a combination of the two.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||33 points||Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma with 33 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 - H3, H3, H3, H3, H3, H3|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£4275||Year 1|