Classics, English & History

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530
CAO Points Range 2020: 326-340
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 250

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?

Do you want to develop a deep understanding of human experience in Europe and its associated cultures from earliest times to the very present? Do you want to explore issues of memory, truth, curiosity and understanding that have fascinated people at all times and at all places? This programme will bring students to the heart of vital questions about society, history, culture and life itself, and deep into the array of texts that are the result of millennia of lives lived.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

A strong focus on the fluent articulation and analysis of ideas means students on this course will gain numerous transferrable skills, highly valued by employers. These can be applied to a wide range of industries including: Business, Arts and Heritage, Civil Service and the Media.

This programme prepares students for graduate study in many areas, including: Classics, English, History, Film, Drama, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Education, Archives.

Graduates are also eligible for MLitt and PhD programmes in Classics, English and History.

What Will I Study

Students will not only encounter written words but gain key skills in interpreting evidence of every kind – material, oral, visual and aural – through dynamic lectures and small group tuition. Key modules from the three cognate subjects of Classics, English and History will be consolidated by small-group tuition in thematic cross-disciplinary modules on issues such as cultural transmission, intertextuality, history of ideas and political thought.

First Year

You will take a dedicated inter-disciplinary module, Interpreting Evidence, and you will choose from the full range of modules in Classics, English and History, including:

  • Classical Greece
  • Age of Augustus
  • War and the Hero (Homer and Virgil)
  • Classical Myth
  • Contemporary Irish Writing
  • Literary Genre
  • How to Read Poetry
  • Writing the Body
  • Critical Reading/Creative Writing
  • Modern Europe
  • Creating History
  • Modern Ireland
  • Rome To Renaissance.

Second Year

You will take an interdisciplinary core module based in UCD Special Collections and choose from the full range of modules in Classics, English and History, including:

  • Alexander the Great
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Heracles the Hero
  • Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians
  • The Oedipus Myth
  • Pompeii
  • Eating and Drinking in Antiquity
  • Magic in the Ancient World
  • Reading Medieval Literature
  • Irish Literature in English
  • Modern American Literature
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Romanticism
  • Victorian to Modern Literature
  • Twentieth-Century Drama
  • History Today
  • French Revolution
  • Islam & Christianity
  • Northern Ireland
  • Early Modern Europe.

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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 your knowledge with a competitive internship.
  • Study abroad for a trimester/year to develop your language skills and immerse yourself in a new culture
  • Deepen your knowledge by studying a full range of Classics, English and History modules.

Fourth Year

Undertake a research dissertation drawing on the disciplines studied and choose from a range of modules including:

  • Modern Japan
  • Orwell’s Twentieth Century
  • Making Shakespeare
  • Apocalypse Then: Old English Literature
  • Magic in the Ancient World
  • Pompeii

You may be interested in the following Blog posts: Student explains what it is like to study, English, Classics & History at UCD.

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.


“I love studying Classics, English & History. My course has given me the tools to research and learn about so much, from modern literature and classical art to in-depth studies of fascism. This degree is fantastic as it combines three subjects that heavily overlap and pinpoints those intersections through specific modules, as well as allowing you to study each area in a more focused context. UCD is a place full of opportunities. It is an incredible place to study and I couldn’t recommend it strongly enough.”

Niamh Scully, Student

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