Celtic Civilization

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) OR BSc (Hons) NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN520 BA Joint Honours
CAO Points Range 2019: 381
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 420

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2019: 336
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

Leaving Certificate:

DN520 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects

DN700 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

Celtic Civilization enables students to form an overview of the history, literature, language and culture of the Celts over the centuries. No knowledge of the Celtic languages is required, but students, if they choose, may get an introduction to Early Irish, Medieval Welsh, Modern Welsh and Breton.

Many of the Celtic Civilization modules are good choices as electives for those interested in Celtic culture in Ireland and beyond.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

This degree provides the skills that will allow you to follow a wide range of graduate studies as well as career opportunities in:

  • Heritage
  • Research
  • The media
  • Teaching
  • Business
  • Museum Curator
  • Conservation Officer
  • Archivist
  • Diplomat
  • Gallery Manager
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Communications Manager
  • Education Officer
  • Project Researcher
  • Policy Advisor

Courses also prepare students for graduate studies in a wide range of linguistic,  historical and literary fields.

Specialise: MA (taught): 

  • MA Irish Folklore & Ethnology
  • MA Irish Studies
  • MA sa Nua-Ghaeilge
  • MA Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge


  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • Masters in Common Law
  • MSc Management
  • Graduate

What Will I Study

Celtic Civilisation

The Celtic Civilisation programme includes a choice of specifically designed Celtic modules and a choice of relevant modules from other subjects. This gives an opportunity to get a broad overview of Celtic culture but also explore specific aspects of interest.


Welsh is the most widely spoken of the modern Celtic languages, and ideal for students wanting to learn a new language at university level. Students gain a working knowledge of the language and can combine this with Celtic Civilisation courses on culture and literature.

Early Irish

You will have the opportunity to study Early Irish at a basic level in order to become familiar with the main features of the language. You will also read examples of texts, both prose and poetry, thereby gaining an insight into the riches of the language and literature of early medieval Ireland. No previous knowledge of Irish is required.

First Year

  • Introduction to Celtic Civilisation
  • The British Celts
  • Vikings in the Celtic World
  • Early Ireland: Continuity & Change
  • Introduction to Early Irish
  • Introduction to Wesh

Popular Joint Major subject combinations include History, Greek and Roman Civilisation, Irish Folklore, English & Art History.

Second Year

  • Poets, Power and Performance
  • Fortunes of the Celtic Languages
  • The Study of Folklore: Origins and Development
  • Social Life & Legend
  • Intermediate Early Irish/Welsh
  • Material Culture

At the end of second year, convert your degree to a BA (Honours) International by spending a year at one of our partner universities in Norway or Wales. Further information on international exchanges is available at www.ucd.ie/myucd/exchanges and information on Erasmus exchanges is available from the School of Irish, Celtic Studies & Folklore.

Third Year

  • Celticity: Who are the Celts?
  • Kings and Heroes of Early Ireland
  • Folk Religion and Belief
  • Myth & Tradition
  • Music and Words: Identity in the Irish Context
  • Calendar Custom

How Will I Study

Studying Celtic Civilisation (BA Arts)
Studying Celtic Civilization (BA Humanities)
Celtic Studies, Art History & History
Studying Celtic Civilisation (BSc Social Sciences) as a minor with one of the following:

International Study Opportunities

Celtic Civilization has links with several universities, which allows students to take an Erasmus year abroad in a range of European universities and destinations, including:

  • Oslo, Norway
  • Aberystwyth, Wales
  • Bangor, Wales
  • Brest, France


“Studying Celtic Civilization has enriched my life and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the fascinating history of early Ireland. It is an ideal stepping stone for those who want to progress to postgraduate study. The lecturers have been fantastic and the library resources are brilliantly in depth”

Jessika Brandon, Student.

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