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The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy has more than 40 full-time academics , making it by some distance the largest institutional centre for the study of these subjects in Ireland and one of the largest in the UK. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise both Politics and European Studies (which had been one of the very first Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence) achieved grade 5A, placing both amongst the very strongest of the UK’s most research intensive groups in these subjects. Philosophy is going through an important period of renewal with new University investment accompanying its integration in this new institutional context. We have five areas of distinctive research strength: Philosophy; Political Theory; Irish Politics; European Governance and Gender; and International Politics and Ethnic Conflict. Lists of members of staff associated with each research cluster can be accessed here .

In each of these areas, important and pioneering work has been published by members of the School (with leading academic presses and in journals with high international standing), and major projects of research are ongoing in all of these fields. Several of these projects are funded by research councils in the UK and Ireland and by the EU. For specific details, see list of funded research projects involving members of staff . In addition to research carried out by academic and research staff, we are committed also to the supervision of high-quality research students in our areas of expertise, and have a vibrant postgraduate research culture. For further information on current projects, please see our research student pages . The School also hosts paper series and a resource centre , and is affiliated with various research networks .

Across the School we pride ourselves in the high quality of our teaching. We have a large and lively group of students taking undergraduate programmes (Single Honours, Major, Joint and Minor) in Politics, Philosophy (including Scholastic Philosophy), International Studies, European Studies (4 years) and Cultural and Media Studies (Minor only). The School also has a thriving, cosmopolitan group of postgraduate students. Many of these are working under the supervision of leading scholars on research degrees (MPhil or PhD) while the others are taking one of our MA programmes in Politics; Philosophy; Irish Politics; Theory, Culture and Identity; Comparative Ethnic Conflict; International Politics; European Integration and Public Policy, or a Masters in Research.

We are located in five recently refurbished Victorian houses near the middle of University Square, just opposite the Main Library buildings. The General Office is on the ground floor of 21 University Square (locate us here ). The office is normally open Monday-Friday from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm.

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