Our Undergraduate Degree Programmes

We offer a number of programmes in the areas of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics that can be combined with other disciplines from Humanities, Social Sciences, Law and Business.

If you are interested in our Postgraduate Programmes please visit our Postgraduate page.


BA Modern Languages, BA Humanities and BA Arts

The BA Modern Languages (DN541) is a 4-year course designed for students who wish to study at least two and up to three languages, choosing from French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Students will spend their third year abroad at a university where one of their main target languages is spoken.

The BA Humanities’ (DN530) is a 4-year interdisciplinary, multisubject programme providing coherence and depth to student learning within a carefully structured framework. In addition, this degree gives you the option to apply for internship opportunities in Year 3 in different areas of employment from industry to the charitable sector, or to embark on a semester or year-long study abroad trip. In Year 4, you may also complete an extended research project/dissertation in your chosen subject area.

BA Arts (DN520) is taught by our world-class academics and allows you to specialize in your two chosen subjects so that you can embark on a wide range of future careers, postgraduate opportunities and professional work.

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BA International Modern Languages (DN541)

The 4-year International Modern Languages programme is shared by all language subjects in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics. The programme offers students an opportunity to focus their Arts degree on languages, and the cultures and literatures in which they are embedded, and to explore the connections, interactions and common ground between them. Students choose two main languages as part of their joint major degree but also have the opportunity to study a third language [read more...].

English, European & World Literatures (DN530)

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.

Languages, Linguistics & Cultures (DN530)

This programme is designed for students who are seeking a high level of language and intercultural competency by developing effective communication and analytical skills. The programme takes a holistic approach to language by fostering linguistics, alongside literary and cultural approaches. Students can chose between French, German, Greek, Italian, Irish, Latin, and Spanish, with Portuguese and Welsh also available as minors. Irish modules are directed towards its status as a modern working language in the European Union and towards broadening its scope nationally and internationally.

Each of our subjects can be studied in a variety of programmes:

DN530 BA Humanities

DN541 BA Modern Languages:

DN520 BA Arts (two subjects)

  • BA Arts (4 years with Erasmus/ 3 years without Erasmus)

As a minor subject:

Find out more about French and Francophone Studies in UCD.

DN530 BA Humanities

DN541 BA Modern Languages:

DN520 BA Arts (two subjects)

  • BA in German (4 years with Erasmus/ 3 years without Erasmus)

As a minor subject:

Find out more about German Studies in UCD.

DN530 BA Humanities

DN541 BA Modern Languages:

DN520 BA Arts (two subjects)

As a minor subject:

Find out more about Italian Studies in UCD.

Students studying Linguistics will explore the structure and functioning of the languages of the world both from a social and from a cognitive perspective. The programme introduces students to a range of theoretical orientations, frameworks and methods for systematically examining language. The programme puts a lot of emphasis on developing critical thinking and interpretation skills and pattern recognition skills through a hands teaching and learning approach.

DN530 BA Humanities

DN520 BA Arts (two subjects)

As a minor subject + Sociology, Politics, Philosophy or Geography as major:

Find out more about Linguistics in UCD.

DN530 BA Humanities

DN541 BA Modern Languages:

DN520 BA Arts (two subjects)

As a minor subject:

Find out more about Spanish Studies in UCD.

The School offers Portuguese elective modules.