What is a Structured Elective in Applied Languages?

ALC Structured Electives

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.

A Structured Elective will appear on your official UCD Transcript, and means future employers will see that you have a block of credits in a specific area.

This list details the Structured Electives that are currently available in the ALC. Click on the link to access more detailed information about each one:

Applied French - Applied German - Applied Japanese - Applied Spanish

How do I register for a structured elective?

Students who have completed at least 15 credits from the set of specified electives will be awarded an elective specialisation. Students will not register for this elective specialisation in advance. It will be awarded post hoc based on the electives they have chosen during their undergraduate studies.

How would a Structured Elective benefit me?

Competence in global languages is increasingly valued in a multilingual, international work environment in Ireland and overseas.


What modules count towards a Structured Elective?

Please consult the links above for more information on which specific modules you must complete in order to qualify. Electives taken at any stage of your programme may be included. Only modules taken from Semester 1 2017/18 will count towards the elective specialisation. No guarantee will be given to students that it will be possible to take 15 credits from the set. This will depend on module places being available and on the exigencies of the timetable. Pre-requisites apply to some modules.

What happens if I don’t complete the full 15 credits?

Any elective module will still be included on your UCD transcript, along with the grade you've achieved and the CEFR level you have reached. So even if you only complete one module in a particular language, you will still be able to display evidence of your competence.