Classics, English & History

Course Information

BA (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?

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 programme will gain the cultural capital and transferable skills highly valued by employers, whether in business sector, arts and heritage, civil service or the media. In addition to MLitt and PhD programmes in Classics, English and History, this programme prepares students for graduate study in many areas, including:

  • Classics
  • English
  • History
  • Film
  • Drama
  • Media Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Archives.

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

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
  • Modern America
  • French Revolution
  • British Empire
  • Northern Ireland
  • Early Modern Europe.

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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, English and History modules, including: The Oedipus Myth, Literature & Science, Renaissance to Enlightenment, Other Worlds in Medieval & Renaissance Literature.

Fourth Year

  • Florence from Middle Ages to Renaissance
  • War and Peace in Roman Poetry
  • Magic in the Ancient World
  • Paradise Lost

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.


“I thoroughly enjoyed both subjects, and there was a wide range of modules to choose from in both. As you progress through the two subjects, you have the opportunity to focus your specific interests within the course. There are excellent facilities for both departments, and UCD even has its very own Classical Studies museum tucked away upstairs, which is full of artefacts and interesting information! I loved my time spent studying both of these subjects, and found the teaching in UCD to be of a fantastic standard. So much so, that I continued on to study an MA in American Literature in UCD, and I am now completing my Professional Master’s of Education (also in UCD) in order to become an English and Classical Studies teacher.”

Joanne Collins English and Classical Studies Graduate

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