Classics, Art History & Archaeology

Course Information

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

Students who study this course will benefit from the interdisciplinary study of the visual arts, archaeology, and material culture from prehistory and antiquity to the present day. Studying Classics, Art History and Archaeology will give you insight into the ancient world and also into the Classical ideas that have shaped European culture. Learn how to explain and interpret the world around you, evaluate evidence and reach reasoned conclusions, as you develop a greater understanding of the forces that have shaped our society.

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
  • Art of the Renaissance
  • Baroque to Romanticism
  • Exploring Archaeology
  • Introduction to the Archaeology of Ireland
  • The Human Past
  • Anthropology.

Second Year

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

  • Minoans and Mycenaeans
  • Early Roman Empire
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Islamic and Indian Art
  • The Age of Michelangelo
  • History and Theory of Photography
  • Archaeology of Landscapes
  • Archaeology of Things
  • Archaeological Science

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Third Year

A core module based on summer fieldwork in Glendalough and a selection from the full range of modules in Classics, Art History, and Archaeology. You may also choose to study abroad or apply for an Internship.

Fourth Year

Option of a research dissertation in the three disciplines and a selection from the full range of modules in Classics, Art History, and Archaeology.

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, Graduate

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