Classics, Art History & Archaeology

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530
CAO Points Range 2021: 359
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 260

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 will benefit from the interdisciplinary study of visual arts, archaeology and material culture from prehistory to the present day. Classics, Art History & Archaeology will give you insight into both the ancient world and into the ideas that have shaped modern culture and society. Learn how to explain and interpret the world around you, evaluate evidence and present your ideas 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: Cultural Heritage, Education, Archives, Media, Journalism, Public Service, Museums and Art Galleries, Research, and a wide range of private sector roles.

This course prepares students for graduate study in many areas including: Classics, Art HIstory, History, Film, Drama, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Education, Archives, Cultural Policy and Arts Management. Graduates are also eligible for MLitt and PhD programmes in Classics, English and History.

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

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, 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 across the three subjects such as:

  • Alexander & His Successors
  • Early Roman Empire
  • Greek Comedy
  • Early Islamic Art & Architecture
  • The Age of Michelangelo
  • History and Theory of Photography
  • Archaeology of Landscapes
  • Archaeological Science
  • Archaeological Field Skills

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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

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.


“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


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