English, European & World Literatures

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?

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.

In addition to MLitt and PhD programmes, this programme prepares students for postgraduate study in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, and the School of English, Film, Drama and Creative Writing.

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 also and benefit from different pedagogical approaches.

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. Research dissertation on a topic related to either English literature; the literature and culture of a European language; or a subject of a transdisciplinary, comparative nature.

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.


“In UCD, I have been able to combine my passion for French with my keen interest in English literature. I spent an unforgettable Erasmus year in Lille, studying literature, improving my fluency in French, and developing valuable intercultural skills. My degree has allowed me to excel personally and professionally, providing me with a wealth of transferable skills that national and international employers look for in graduates nowadays. I enjoyed my studies so much so that I have embarked upon doctoral research in French literature!’

Emma Dunne French and English Student

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