Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) OR BSc (Hons) NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN520 BA Arts
CAO Points Range 2018: 381
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 350

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2018: 392
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

Leaving Certificate:

DN520 BA Arts – O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

DN700 BSc Social Sciences – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

Study English at UCD if you are an enthusiastic reader, talker and writer, and love literature. Strengthen your understanding of narrative, poetic and dramatic forms. Enlarge your critical vocabulary and historical awareness. Explore how the study of literature intersects with questions of gender, politics and cultural theory. Learn how to research a topic, evaluate evidence and present your ideas in a cogent, elegant fashion. Become a creative and dynamic critic yourself!

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates in English work across a wide range of industries including:

  • Broadcasting and Journalism
  • Cultural Production and Arts Management
  • Public Relations
  • Business / Finance
  • Publishing
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Policymaking
  • Teaching
  • Heritage
  • Management Consultancy
  • Tourism
  • Humanities Research.

There are a wide range of Master’s Programmes available in the School of English, Drama and Film, which include:

Literature and Culture (with strands in American)

Gender, Sexuality and Culture


Modern and Contemporary Renaissance

Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama

Creative Writing.

See www.ucd.ie/englishdramafilm/study/ postgraduate for more detail.

What Will I Study

You will study themes, forms, theories and contexts of literature from around the world and from Medieval to contemporary times, choosing from more than 60 modules.

Modules include:

First Year

  • Literature in Context 1 & 2
  • Contemporary Irish Writing
  • Literary Genre

Second Year

  • Students can study Critical Theory
  • Reading Medieval Literature
  • Irish Literature in English
  • Modern American Literature
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Romanticism
  • Victorian to Modern Literature
  • Twentieth-Century Drama.

Third Year

Students choose from a wide range of specialist modules on different aspects of literary history and culture including Reading Ulysses.

  • The Body in Pain in Irish Culture
  • Seamus Heaney and Modern Irish Culture
  • Apocalypse Then: Old English Literature.

These are taught in a variety of ways from small in-depth seminars taught by a single lecturer, and larger, collaboratively-taught, research driven modules.

Assessment is through end-of-semester essays and written examinations, as well as a range of continuous assessment methods, including worksheets, presentations and project work.


International Study Opportunities

Opportunities may include:

  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany
  • Université Sorbonne Paris IV, France
  • University of Turin, Italy
  • University of Verona, Italy
  • University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of Miami, USA
  • University of Otago, New Zealand
  • University of California, Davis


“From studying English at UCD I have developed a profound understanding and appreciation of literature. It has also given me the opportunity to implement the craft of writing, critical thinking and analysis, helping me to develop how I articulate my ideas in academia and everyday life. The School of English has an extremely friendly and dedicated staff. Each lecturer that I have interacted with has been extremely helpful and approachable. The lecturers and tutors are very passionate about their subject. This is conveyed through their various teaching styles, making for a very enjoyable experience.”

Adesewa Awobadejo English Student

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