BA Humanities Pathways 

In the School of English, Drama, Film and Creative Writing

Three BA Humanities pathways are housed in the School of English, Drama, Film and Creative Writing

Click on any of the titles above to download First Year information for the pathway you're interested in. Scroll down for descriptions of each of the pathways including contact information in case you need further information. If the English pathway you're interested in is not listed, that means it is administered in a different School. Click here for more information about English, European and World Literature; Classics, History and English; or Music, Drama and Film. Or contact Niall Dennehy, BA Humanities Programme Manager:

English Literature

Students on the English Literature pathway will explore texts ranging from the Old English, medieval and early modern periods to the nineteenth and through to the twenty-first century. These texts extend across national boundaries and regions, from British to Irish to American to World Literature, and cover multiple genres. You will explore literary production, and learn about the value of literature by analysing how fiction, poetry and drama are inspired, shaped, released and received in particular historical and cultural contexts, and understanding how the meanings of literary texts change and renew across different times and places.

Find English Literature on UCD Course Search here. For more information contact the Pathway Coordinator Nick Daly at

English, Drama and Film

This degree programme is designed for students interested in the multiple ways in which human expression, articulation and culture are encoded in different forms and media. It aims to equip students with the precise knowledge, history and critical vocabulary specific to each discrete discipline, but also to foster the ability to understand the complex and fascinating relationships between literature, drama and film/media by a focus on forms, genres, styles, themes and ideas as expressed across the full range of Anglophone cultural outputs. We educate students in the history of literary, dramatic, media and cultural production, in current theoretical methods and approaches, and in a wide range of historical and national literatures, genres and media. A focus on excellent reading, writing and presentation skills, along with the development of the capacity to argue and contextualise will be fostered via a range of teaching formats (lecture, tutorial, seminar, research supervision), and through strong support of peer learning within the English, Drama, Film degree cohort.  We promote our core values – independence, creativity, collaboration, critical reflection, cultural engagement, and social and political consciousness – as we deepen and widen students’ knowledge, engage them in critical debate, and interpretation, foster independent thought, creativity and the capacity to find innovative solutions to key critical, ethical and interpretive problems.

Find English, Drama and Film on UCD Course Search here. For more information contact the Pathway Coordinator, Emilie Pine at

English with Creative Writing

Students on the English with Creative Writing pathway will study the work of a wide range of writers, focusing on how they create their works and also explore a range of narrating voices by reading texts selected to illustrate this range. Students will learn how characters are constructed, how to handle dialogue, how to manage time and sequencing and many other elements of the craft of writing, which will be generally helpful and occasionally inspiring in your own writing along with an introduction to contemporary developments in literature by considering the work of a number of Irish writers, who will address the class and provide valuable insight into the writing process.

Find English with Creative Writing on UCD Course Search here. For more information contact the Pathway Coordinator, Paul Perry at

English, European & World Literatures — (School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics)

This programme develops an in-depth understanding and a questioning of the literary and intellectual legacies of European languages, including English. You will look at the ways in which these literatures have impacted, and continue to impact, beyond their countries of origin. You will explore the relationship between writing and place, examine how other cultures respond to key/global issues, and assess how languages encode and challenge cultural identities.

Find English, European & World Literatures on UCD Course Search here. For more information contact the Pathway Coordinator, Derval Conroy at Course booklet can be found here: English, European and World Literatures 2018/19 - Information sheet