English, European & World Literatures

Course Information

BA (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?

This programme develops a comparative understanding and a questioning of the literary and intellectual legacies of European languages, including English. You will examine literatures in their historical context, analysing the artistic and literary movements that shaped European society. You will also look at the ways in which these languages and literatures have migrated and evolved across the world, and assess the role of literature in encoding and challenging cultural identities in transnational contexts.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

  • International relations
  • Education
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Journalism and media
  • Tourism
  • Careers in the EU
  • Publishing
  • Law
  • Academia and research
  • Arts administration
  • Heritage management.
  • Public administration.

What Will I Study

Students will read English and one of the modern languages:  French, Spanish, Italian or German.

You will study a wide range of modules, encompassing a wealth of geographical, chronological and generic diversity from the Renaissance to the contemporary period; from Ireland, England and continental Europe to Africa, the Americas, Australia and Asia; from poetry, prose and drama to history of ideas and cinema – hence developing your ability to analyse critically the ways in which language, literature and ideas interact, and how they inflect and shape the societies in which we live. In addition to these literature and culture modules, you will take language modules in your chosen European language, since cultural engagement can only be achieved through an advanced level of linguistic competence. All European language modules focus on the texts written in the original language.

First Year

  • English modules: Literature in Context 1 and 2
  • Contemporary Irish Writing
  • Literary Genre
  • Foundational literature and culture modules in French, Spanish, Italian or German.

Two dedicated transdisciplinary modules:

  • Reading European Literatures
  • Reading World Literatures
  • Language proficiency modules in French, Spanish, Italian or German.

Second Year

Choose from a wide range of English modules and a wide range of literature and culture modules in French, Spanish, Italian or German. Students also take language proficiency modules in French, Spanish, Italian and German.

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Third Year

The third year is spent abroad in either:

  • France 
  • Canada
  • Spain
  • South America
  • Portugal
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Italy

depending on the language of study. Students will continue their study of English literature.

Fourth Year

Specialised option literature and culture modules in English and one of French, Spanish, Italian or German. Language proficiency modules in French, Spanish, Italian or German.

International Study Opportunities

Exchange partners include universities in

  • Paris
  • Lyons
  • Bordeaux
  • Rouen
  • Rennes
  • Angers
  • Besançon
  • Geneva
  • Brussels
  • Montreal
  • Salamanca
  • Bilbao
  • Seville
  • Zaragoza
  • Chile
  • Uruguay
  • Argentina
  • Berlin
  • Leipzig
  • Munich
  • Vienna
  • Rome
  • Milan
  • Trento and Urbino.


“Coming to UCD from Italy, I would not have expected to find such an international atmosphere. During my first year, I had the opportunity to get to know a great number of different cultures and literature. European, English & World Literatures gives me a broad perspective about literature on a global scale, not limited to anglophone or Spanish, the latter being my language of choice. I have really enjoyed my degree so far, and I find it fascinating to discover how all the different genres and cultures influence each other. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in literature, no matter where they come from.”

Bianca Forini, Student

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