Stage 1 and Stage 2 

Before reading this section, please make sure you have read and understood the information and terminology in the Understanding Your Degree section.

As a student on the BA Humanities, you are registered to the pathway you chose on your CAO Application.  There are nine pathways:

-        Celtic Studies, Art History and History

-        Classics, Art History and Archaeology

-        Classics, English and History

-        English Drama and Film

-        English, European and World Literatures

-        English Literature

-        English with Creative Writing

-        Languages, Linguistics and Cultures

-        Music, Film and Drama

Each pathway is supported by a School and a Pathway Coordinator.  During Orientation you will find out who your contacts are and of course you can also drop into the Programme Office with any queries you may have. 

You will see that you have been pre-registered to core modules including what we call pathway-specific modules.  These pathway-specific modules are designed to explore the interaction and relationship between the different disciplines that make up your interdisciplinary degree.  You will also choose options modules and an elective module.  You need to follow the directions on the registration page to complete your registration process.  If you unclear about what to do, contact your Programme Manager or Pathway Coordinator.

Each pathway has its own structure but in each case Stage 1 adds up to 60 credits and is made up of core, option and elective modules.  Depending on your pathway, your workload may look something like this:


To progress to Stage 2, you must have at least 50 credits to progress. Ideally you should have the full 60 credits.

In Stage 2 you will continue with core, option and elective modules.  As in Stage 1, you will be pre-registered to your core and pathway specific modules but there will be choice available through option and elective modules.  Students are expected to deepen their knowledge of the subjects within the pathway and start to develop more focussed research, critical and analytical skills.