International Studies and Irish allows students to appreciate how the insights of political analysis (e.g. political theory, political institutions, international relations) and the tools of literary and linguistic inquiry combine to illuminate political and historical developments, including those in the contemporary world. International Studies at Queen's is about more than just armed conflict and insurgency. It also examines such trends as globalisation and considers the challenge from the rise of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the process of European integration, humanitarian issues (such as poverty, development and refugees), and the role of the media in conflict. 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. While studying Irish you will receive intensive tuition in the Irish language with three hours of language instruction each week. You may also chose from a wide range of modules relating to Irish culture and society such as film-making, the short story, poetry, Gaelic identity, mythology and Scottish Gaelic.
International Studies and Irish Degree highlights
Queen's is the top ranked Irish programme in the Sunday Times Good University 2016
- Study Abroad: all students within this degree programme will have the possibility of opting to study for a semester abroad in their third year at an English-speaking university in mainland Europe.There is also a possibility for some to spend an additional year in the United States under theStudy USA programme.
- Placement: past students have gained work placements with organisations such as the following:BBCLocal Government Staff CommissionMencapNorthern Ireland Electoral CommissionNorthern Ireland Local Government AssociationNorthern Ireland political partiesOffice of the Commissioner for Public AppointmentsPolice Ombudsman's OfficeThe North/South Ministerial CouncilInternship: students in their final year have the opportunity to secure a semester-long internship, giving them hands-on experience of political issues and policy-making.Placement: unique to the BA International Studies/Politics programme is the opportunity in the final year to undertake a part-time placement within a local organisation to gain direct experience of policy-making and political decision-making.We have former students in senior positions in most Irish language sectors and we maintain good links with media production companies, the translation sector and language promotion agencies. Several modules include links with local collaborative partners, which provide students with opportunities to network with experts in the field or to gain experience of particular industries prior to graduation.
World Class Facilities
- Centre of Excellence: International Studies & Politics is one of the largest institutional centre for the study of these subjects in Ireland and one of the largest in the UK.Research-led Teaching: cutting-edge research drives our externally commended teaching, most recently evidenced in the latest student satisfaction survey.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Prof. Yvonne Galligan, OBE, is an internationally recognised expert in the politics of gender. She was a member of an Independent Commission of Inquiry on The Consequences of Devolution for the UK House of Commons (the McKay Commission), in 2013. She was also independent chairperson of the Markievicz Commission in Ireland on measures to implement the candidate gender quota of 30%, in 2014. She was awarded an OBE in the Birthday 2014 Honours List. Prof. Beverley Milton Edwards has advised various governments in her role as an expert on the Middle East, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Brooking Institution. Prof. David Phinnemore is an expert on EU Treaty reform and EU enlargement, which led to his secondment as an advisor to the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Support: our uniquely supportive pastoral care/personal tutor system is equalled only by the academic guidance available. Students receive intensive instruction in spoken and written Irish and the School supports a 3-week summer school in the Donegal Gaeltacht each year. Our vibrant Politics Society (Polysoc) also provides a welcome and stimulating environment for new students. Diversity of Students: we have students from around the UK, Ireland, Europe and the wider world, ensuring a rich mix of students with different experiences and backgrounds.
Naomi Armstrong North Shields, Tyne and Wear, England
BA International Politics and Conflict Studies Graduate (2014)
Close links with employers
Studying for a degree in International Studies and Irish at Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by local, national and international employers and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline. Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in the public and voluntary/community sectors, significant numbers develop careers in the private sector, management consultancy, law, translation, media, museums and journalism. 88% of graduates in Irish are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation. Starting salaries may be in the region of £21,800.
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers, including NI government departments and the North/South Ministerial Council, who provide sponsorship for our International Studies internships. In addition, the School offers a range of employment placements where students can gain real world work experience which is invaluable in terms of employment after graduation. Given that Belfast is a regional capital with devolved powers, we can offer students placements in the high profile political and related institutions on our doorstep - for example in the Department of Justice, Equality Commission, Police Ombudsman's Office, or BBC Northern Ireland. The Irish department also has strong links with the Department for Communities, the Irish Language Broadcast Fund and other media companies.
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Prizes and Awards
Students receive a certificate of distinction for first class performance in the Level 3 oral.
The Donohoe prize is awarded for the highest mark in the oral examination in Level Two, and the Emrys Evans Book prize is awarded at Levels One and Two for the best performance in the written language examination.
There are a number of undergraduate prizes available to top-performing students in Irish. In addition to Foundation Scholarships recognizing outstanding achievement in Level One, we have a range of endowed prizes.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.