European Studies

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.

In order to study French, we strongly recommend that you have a H4 or higher at Leaving Certificate level.

Graduate Entry Route: See

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Why is this course for me?

European Studies examines the significance of Europe through history, languages, literatures and cultures, focusing on processes of change, including migration, war and integration. Students study one language: French*, German, Italian or Spanish, and will develop their language skills and spend at least one semester at a partner European university, in their third year.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

  • Business Consultancy
  • Diplomatic Service
  • European Commission
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • NGOs
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations
  • Radio/TV Producer
  • Translating and Interpreting

What Will I Study

First Year

  • Approaches to European Studies 1
  • Modern Europe
  • Rome to Renaissance: Medieval Europe
  • German History on Screen
  • Renaissance Italy
  • French Fictions
  • Language modules

Second Year

  • Approaches to European Studies 2
  • Islam & Christianity
  • Early Modern Europe
  • The Cinema of Almodovar
  • The Enlightenment: An Introduction
  • Post-War: Europe since 1945
  • Radical Thinkers
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language modules

Third and Fourth Year

  • Transcultural Encounters
  • Weaponizing the Word: Media and Conflict in Pre-Industrial Europe
  • Italian Women Writers
  • Environment and Power in Modern Russia
  • Versailles: Power, Politics, and Spectacle
  • The First World War
  • Genocide and Mass Violence
  • Language modules
  • Internship

International Study Opportunities

Students will spend part of their third year abroad with opportunities available in universities across Europe.


Studying European History at UCD has provided more learning opportunities than I ever imagined. One of those experiences has been the wonderful ERASMUS programme, which developed my language skills, while broadening my cultural horizons and international peer group.

Mairead Barrett, Student

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