Classics, Art History & Archaeology

Course Information

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

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530 BA Humanities
CAO Points Range 2018: 301
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 220

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?

Students who take this programme will benefit from the inter-disciplinary study of the visual arts, archaeology, and material culture from prehistory and antiquity to the present day. In Classics, you will use literary and historical analysis along with the visual and material evidence to reconstruct the lost worlds of the Greek and Roman past; in Art History, you will learn the skills of visual analysis and learn how to read images in their social and cultural context; and in Archaeology, you will learn the principles and practices of archaeological approaches to material culture and landscapes in order to explore past human societies.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates will have skills in critical thinking and interdisciplinary analysis which will prepare them for careers 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. The programme provides a broad range of transferable skills, from working in teams through varied forms of presentation to independent research.

What Will I Study

Classics is the study of the history, literature, and material culture of the Greek and Roman Mediterranean from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. It is a subject which inspired the Renaissance and remains central to understanding modern European culture and society. Art History interprets the art of different ages, assesses its meaning, development, context and quality. Students study systems of formal analysis such as composition, style or iconography; patronage and social context; conceptual and historical analysis.

Archaeology uses past material culture and landscapes to reconstruct human lives. Students of archaeology learn interdisciplinary, creative approaches to understanding human societies past and present and explore the key events that have shaped history.

First Year

Take an interdisciplinary module based in the UCD Classical Museum and choose from the full list of Classics, Art History and Archaeology modules, including:

  • Classical Greece
  • Age of Augustus
  • Lost Cities of the Ancient World
  • Giotto to Michelangelo
  • Caravaggio to Turner
  • Exploring Archaeology
  • Introduction to the Archaeology of Ireland
  • The Human Past
  • Anthropology.

Second Year

Take an interdisciplinary module on the theme of Cultural Heritage and choose from the full list of Classics, Art History and Archaeology modules, including:

  • Art and Monuments of Imperial Rome
  • Minoans and Mycenaeans
  • Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians
  • Irish Medieval to Early Modern Art and Architecture
  • Art and Architecture of Classical Antiquity
  • Studies in Antiquity
  • Archaeology of Things
  • Archaeology of Landscapes
  • How Archaeologists Think
  • Cultural Heritage.

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Third Year

Internship: Apply for an internship across a range of sectors from the arts and the public sector to business and the media. Get experience in an area that relates to your field of study and your desired career path.

Study abroad: Choose a semester abroad where you can study relevant modules at one of our 25 partner universities around the world.

Deepen your subject knowledge: Choose from a range of Classics, Art History and Archaeology modules, including: Art & Architecture in Pompeii, Family life in Ancient Greece, Irish Medieval Arts & Architecture, Archaeology of Minoan Crete.

Fourth Year

  • Eating and Drinking in Classical Antiquity
  • Heritage Management
  • Writings on Art
  • Visualising Migration

You will complete an extended research project/dissertation in your chosen specialised area.

International Study Opportunities

Students will have access to both EU and non-EU destinations through a suite of programmes including Erasmus, Erasmus+ and the study abroad and partnership arrangements that UCD has with universities across the globe.


“The Schools of Classics and Archaeology students and faculty members get to know each other easily and quickly, which is invaluable in a large university. The degree has allowed me to explore career options that range from further scholarly and academic studies, to careers in international heritage management. I have loved my time at UCD, thanks to the subject combination I chose and the people I have met. I enjoyed my time so much that I chose to undertake an MA in Classics.”

Zoë Purser-Doyle Archaeology and Greek & Roman Civilisation

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