Also available in degree stream MH101 POL - Politics: students take politics and another subject from second year, and MH101 PPE - Philosophy, Poliitics and Economics: students study all three subjects for three years.
The degree combines the traditional study of political institutions (parties, parliaments, elections, policy-making and more) with political sociology (examining the relationship between politics and society and how they shape each other). A focus on active citizenship is the key distinguishing feature of Politics at Maynooth University.
Foreign language options with this course
There are options to study a language as part of this course. The following option(s) may be selected:
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.
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|Note: Information for 2019 Entry|
|Old Code||New Code||Award Title|
|EMMWD||Multimedia and Web Development|
|BACXX||Administration - Construction|
|EFTVP||Film & TV Production|
|CNSSX||Networks and Software Systems|
|5M0536||Computer Systems and Networks|
|5M1761||Intellectual Disability Practice|
|5M18519||Film and Television Production|
|DCHSC||5M2009||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|ELESX||5M2073||Language and European Studies|
|ECHSX||5M2154||Cultural and Heritage Studies|
|EASSX||5M2181||Applied Social Studies|
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Politics students acquire useful skills such as the ability to understand topical issues, investigative and research capabilities, and strong communication skills – all of which open up a wide variety of career options. While some graduates may enter electoral and party politics, many more will work in areas such as public policy, the media, international affairs, the European Union, human rights, community work, political activism and business and management.
Other pathways taken by former students include: Media, film critic, film making, political activism, political organising, social movements, public representative, advisory roles, human relations, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, primary and secondary teaching (CSPE and new subject ‘Politics and Society’ piloting from 2016).