Celtic Studies, Art History & History

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530
CAO Points Range 2019: 348
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 200

Leaving Certificate:

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

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Why is this course for me?

Are you interested in pursuing research or a career in culture, the arts, or heritage? This unique interdisciplinary programme covers all of these areas, ranging across Celtic Studies, Art History and History. The core of this programme will see students examine the history, literature, language and culture of the Celts across the centuries. It will challenge students and will develop their critical thinking and evaluation skills, as well as providing an appreciation of the complexities of ideas, societies, cultures, languages and art.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Students on this programme will gain the transferable skills highly valued by employers in the cultural and heritage sector, education, archives, media, journalism, public service, museums and art galleries, research, and a wide range of private sector employment opportunities that require interdisciplinary competences. In addition to MLitt and PhD programmes in Art History, Celtic Studies and History, this programme prepares students for graduate study in many areas, including:

  • Celtic Studies
  • Art History
  • History
  • Film
  • Drama
  • Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Archives
  • Cultural Policy & Arts Management.

What Will I Study

In this programme, the study of the history of the Celts will be placed in a European and global context, allowing for a deep understanding of Celtic civilisation from antiquity to the present day. Students will also engage with the aesthetic, stylistic, historical and critical elements of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, the decorative arts and modern visual art forms, including photography, video and performance. The diversity of choice in the modules that are available – from Early Irish and Welsh to Medieval Art and Architecture, and folklore and migration – brings the three subject together in a stimulating way.

First Year

Students take a core interdisciplinary module entitled ‘The Celtic World Today’ and then choose to study from the full range of Celtic Studies, Art History and History modules, such as;

  • Introduction to Celtic Civilisation
  • Early Medieval Ireland, its history and literature
  • Medieval Welsh literature
  • Vikings in the Celtic World
  • Ireland’s English Centuries
  • Creating History
  • Dublin: Its Museums
  • The Art of the Ancient and Medieval World
  • The Art of the Renaissance: Reform and Rebirth
  • The Modern World

Second Year

Choose to study from the full range of Celtic Studies, Art History and History modules, such as:

  • Medieval Ireland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Islam & Christianity
  • British Empire
  • The Modern to the Contemporary
  • Islamic and Indian Art
  • Perspectives on Irish Art: From Medieval to Modern
  • History and Theory of Photography
  • The Study of Folklore
  • Poets, Power and Performance
  • Literature and Language in Early Ireland

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Third Year

Apply to undertake an internship or study abroad for a semester and choose to study from the full range of Celtic Studies, Art History and History modules.

Fourth Year

Undertake a research dissertation drawing on the disciplines studied and choose to study from the full range of Celtic Studies, Art History and History modules.

International Study Opportunities

Opportunities for study abroad include those at universities in:

  • Norway
  • France
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • America
  • Australia.


“I got to know the lecturers and tutors very well, which is important. They were incredibly friendly and approachable. I enjoyed how Celtic Civilisation drew on a variety of disciplines in order to explore the world of the Celts, such as History, Linguistics and Folklore. The course teaches you a variety of skills which could be applied to numerous careers, and the way in which the subject is taught makes the student experience in UCD an enjoyable one.”

Ronan O’Reilly, Graduate

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