Economics, Politics and Law
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics, Politics and Law
The BA in Economics, Politics and Law (EPL) will challenge you to explore how its key disciplines interact in contemporary Irish society and how they shape the current global environment. You’ll also gain an understanding of how economics, politics and law are inextricably bound together and how they can be applied to real world situations. This extremely versatile degree can be exercised in a number of professions.
The course can be completed in three years or in four with an optional Third Year abroad in the US, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Denmark, Sweden or a one of a selection of other locations.
Why do this course?
- Set yourself apart with the only degree in Ireland integrating these Economics, Politics and Law disciplines in one programme
- Build strong foundations in economics, politics and law, and learn how to apply knowledge to a number of related professions
- Develop your oral and written communication skills, research techniques, critical thinking, and teamwork and research abilities
- Maximise your learning potential with a dedicated research methods module that will equip you with a variety of study skills
- Spend a year in Paris, Gothenburg, Budapest, Prague, Istanbul, Arizona or one of a selection of other locations with DCU’s study abroad option
- Benefit from the expertise and experience of a dedicated, supportive and highly qualified academic team from both the School of Law and Government and the DCU Business School
This is an exceptionally interesting course, teaching you about how the world really works. There are unique modules taught nowhere else in Ireland and the lecturers have very innovative ways of teaching. But it's not all about the course. DCU is the best University in the country with exceptionally active societies that actually reward students for getting involved. You get marks for extra-curricular work. And there's a society for everyone. If I could change one thing I would make my time in DCU longer.
John Sheridan, EPL 2
Student Lisa Duke talks about her experiences doing the Economics, Politics and Law degree.
About the course
In the first two years of the course, there’s an equal weighting of the three disciplines.
Three compulsory research methods modules taken in Year One will provide core learning skills that you’ll use throughout your degree.
In Years Two and Three, your modules will further enhance your knowledge of research methods and dissertation skills in all three disciplines. These skills will provide you with the necessary tools to analyse major issues affecting our world today from an economic, political and legal perspective.
In Year Three, you take a core module in each discipline. After that, you are free to specialise in one of the three disciplines or continue to study a combination of all three.
EPL is normally a three-year course. However, you can elect to spend an extra year abroad in one of our partner universities, before returning to complete the final year of your course in DCU.View the current course structure →
We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.
A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.
EPL graduates find work in public service and private industry in international and European institutions in:
They also pursue:
Further studies in teaching
Higher degrees in economics, politics, law, international relations, business and journalism
- Careers as trainee solicitors, on successful completion of relevant entrance exams
In these areas
There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.
GCE A Level
FETAC Level 5
For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go.
Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 in relevant areas.
Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules.
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.
How to Apply and Closing Dates
Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations
Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May
Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU
Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.
All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here
EU Transfer Applicants
Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July