BA Humanities FAQs 

Can I change any of the subjects in my Pathway?

In most of the pathways, it is not possible to change a subject.  Each pathway is the sum of its part, drawing on the relationship between its contributory subjects.  In opting for a pathway, you have selected a specific interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary combination: understanding the relationship between your chosen disciplines is a core and unique learning objective of this degree programme.

In the English Literature pathway and the English with Creative Writing pathway, you will be asked to choose a subject stream when registering to Stage 1.  This is a group of modules in a subject that complement the design of the pathway.  It is possible to change your subject stream, but this is dependent on the availability of places.  Please see your Pathway Coordinator or Programme Manager for advice.

In the English, European and World Literatures pathway and the Languages, Linguistics and Cultures pathway, you choose one or two languages and option modules.  If you wish to change your language choice, please see your Pathway Coordinator or Programme Manager for advice.

What is a Structured Elective?

A Structured Elective means taking your elective credits in a structured manner over the course of your programme to form a recognised block of learning in a subject area amounting to a minimum of 15 credits, typically three 5 credit modules.   Successful completion of structured electives will be noted on your academic transcript. For more information, please see UCD Electives.

What are my Workload Requirements?

The expectation is that you will take 60 credits over the two semesters of each academic session. You cannot attempt fewer than 20 or more than 40 credits in a single semester and you cannot attempt fewer than 50 or more than 70 credits in an academic year. While Repeats do count toward your workload, Resits do not. It is important to seek academic advice from your School and the Arts and Humanities Office if you find you have too many modules to be completed overall.

What do I need to do to meet the requirements of the degree?

You must complete 240 credits to meet the requirements of your BA Humanities Programme.  This includes all core, option and elective modules set out in your pathway.  You must also have the correct combination of modules from different levels. This means that you cannot have more than 80 Level 1 (or below) credits as part of your 240 credits. Of those credits, no more than 10 credits may be at Level 0. You must also have at least 40 credits at Level 3 or above.

What if I didn’t get enough credits to progress to Stage 2?

The first thing you must do is address the causes of the unearned credits. Talk to your Schools and get as much advice as you can. You will also be contacted by the Office with advice and support.  Please reply to our email so we can help you to stay on track with your degree.  We will explain how you should plan to take the failed or missing modules at the earliest opportunity. At the same time as you are taking these modules, you may be able to take some modules from Stage 2; in effect you are taking modules in advance (Next Stage Modules) by registering for them as electives. When you complete Stage 1, these Next Stage Modules will be assigned to Stage 2. You must take care to ensure that these modules are correctly assigned : make an appointment to see your Programme Manager to be sure your registration is in order.  You should also seek advice from your subject areas and Office prior to taking on Next Stage Modules.

Remember, to progress to Stage 2 of your pathway in the BA Humanities, you must have at least 50 credits to progress. Ideally you should have the full 60 credits.

Does my Stage 1 GPA contribute to my Final Degree GPA?

No.  While you will receive a GPA for Stage 1, your grades from Stage 1 modules will not be used in computing your Degree GPA. However, please don’t discount Stage 1: the modules you pass in Stage 1 are the foundation modules for your Stage 2. Stage 1 is an opportunity to experiment and to develop your skills so that you can make the most of the modules that you will take in Stage 2. It is an opportunity to try subject areas that are new to you and a chance to engage with new methods of assessment. If you push yourself at Stage 1, you will find that you will get so much more from Stage 2.

How is my Final Degree GPA Calculated?

Your Degree GPA will be based on your performance in the modules that you take at Stages 2, Stage 3 and Stage 4.  Your Grade Points for Stage 2 will be weighted by a factor of 2, your Grade Points for Stage 3 will be weighted by a factor of 3, and your Grade Points for Stage 4 will be weighted by a factor of 5. This means that Stage 2 is worth 20%, Stage 3 is worth 30% and Stage 4 is worth 50% of your final degree GPA.  This calculation will not include neutral optional modules you may be able to take such as the Internship module and the Semester/Year Abroad module.

Can I transfer to a different pathway?

There are limited circumstances in which students may be able to change pathway very early in Semester 1 of Stage 1.  This is dependent on availability of places and academic considerations.  Please talk to your Programme Manager if you think you want to transfer.

Can I transfer to a different degree programme in UCD?

If you want to transfer to a different programme, you must contact the relevant Office and may need to apply through CAO again or through the Admissions Office - Programme Transfer.