Classics, Art History & Archaeology

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

If you are interested in understanding the visual, material and textual remains of societies from prehistory to the present, this unique interdisciplinary course is for you. You will learn to evaluate and interpret evidence and to present your ideas, while developing a greater understanding of the ancient world and of how the past has shaped the present.

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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 has inspired art, architecture, literature, politics, and science, and is central to understanding modern European society and thought.

Art History allows us to see and think in-depth about our visual world, from the great artworks of different ages to contemporary culture. It includes studies of style, social context, and conceptual analysis.

Archaeology is the investigation of societies through their material remains, from the distant past to the modern world. It enables us to trace the astonishing diversity of human culture, across the world and through time. You will access the unparalleled resources of our Classical Museum, the Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture, and field trips to galleries, sites and museums.

First Year

You will take an interdisciplinary module based in the UCD Classical Museum and choose from the full list of Classics, Art History and Archaeology modules, such as:

  • Classical Greece
  • Lost Cities of the Ancient World •
  • Classical Myth
  • Exploring Archaeology
  • Making the Past
  • Archaeology of Ireland
  • Art of the Renaissance
  • Art of the Ancient & Medieval World

Second Year

You will take an interdisciplinary core module based in UCD Special Collections and can choose a wide range of modules across the three subjects such as:

  • Early Roman Empire
  • Greeks, Romans & Barbarians
  • Alexander & his Successors
  • Archaeological Science
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Archaeology of Landscapes
  • Early Islamic Art & Architecture
  • Perspectives on Irish Art
  • Digital Art

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Third Year

You will choose from a range of options that will enable you to broaden your horizons and enrich your academic experience:

  • Apply for a competitive internship in an area that interests you and/or relates to your area of study.
  • Study abroad for a trimester/year to develop your language skills and immerse yourself in a new culture.
  • Deepen your knowledge by studying a dedicated range of Classics, Art History, and Archaeology modules or pick from other recommended subjects like philosophy, business, information studies and innovation.

Fourth Year

You will take core modules Communicating Archaeology and Writings on Art, and will select from the full range of other Classics, Art History and Archaeology modules. You also have the option to produce a dissertation.

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.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates have specific skills that prepare them for careers in archaeology, museums, art galleries, cultural heritage, education,  or archives, as well as transferable skills like communication and analysis that are valued across a range of sectors such as media, civil service, business, marketing, and research and development.

This course prepares students for graduate study in many areas including: Classics, Art History, Archaeology, History, Anthropology, Cultural Heritage, Education, Archives, Cultural Policy, Arts Management. Graduates are also eligible for MLitt and PhD programmes in Classics, Art History, and Archaeology.

Other Entry Routes

“When I was deciding what degree to do I was conflicted because I could not find anything that combined all my interests. When I discovered this course I was delighted, as it perfectly combines three subjects that I love, creating a unique opportunity. While studying I have had so many opportunities to travel and work; I travelled to Greece with Classics, Paris with Art History and this summer I am going to Frankfurt to do an archaeological dig. Next year I am going to Amsterdam on the Erasmus programme. I love my course and I would recommend it to anyone who loves travelling and meeting new people.”

Iseult Devaney, Student


Contact Information

Dr Joanna Day
UCD School of Classics
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 8476.

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