Course Information

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

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN520 BA Joint Honours
CAO Points Range 2019: 336
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 420

CAO Code: DN700
CAO Points Range 2019: 392
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

Leaving Certificate:

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

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

Special Entry Recommendation: We recommend that you study French, only if you have at least a H4 grade in Leaving Certificate French, or equivalent.

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Why is this course for me?

French is both a European and global language whose cultural and economic importance is projected to grow substantially in the coming decades. Studying French at UCD equips you for a diverse and varied workplace. You will explore the language
and cultures of France and other Frenchspeaking countries around the globe. You will also enhance your cultural awareness, intellectual flexibility, communication skills and critical thinking.

We strongly encourage our students to spend a year abroad as part of their degree and graduate with a BA Arts International. Studying abroad is a valuable experience which enables you to perfect your language skills and immerse yourself in a different culture. Places may be limited and preference will be given to those with higher results.If you wish to study more than one language, with a year abroad, consider DN541 Modern Languages.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

The communication skills, critical awareness, cultural sensitivity and intellectual flexibility fostered by the study of French open up a wide range of careers including;

  • International business
  • International relations
  • Public administration
  • Education
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Journalism and media
  • Tourism
  • Careers in the EU
  • Translator
  • Digital Reporter
  • Business Manager
  • Sales Executive
  • Social Media Officer
  • PR Executive
  • TV Producer
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Teacher
  • Diplomat
  • Policymaker
  • Judicial Interpreter

A BA in French may also lead to further study, such as the UCD MA in Modern Languages, or other programmes such as European studies, international relations or translation.

Specialise: MA (Taught):

  • MA Modern Languages
  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • MSc International Management


  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • Masters in Common Law
  • Professional Masters in Education
  • Graduate Entry Medicine  

What Will I Study

You will study the French language and French and francophone literature and culture, developing your linguistic and critical skills across a three-year or four-year degree.

First Year
Foundations in Language and Literature:

  • Foundations in Language and Literature: French Grammar & Comprehension
  • French Grammar & Expression
  • Reading Short French Texts
  • French Literary Analysis

Second Year
You will enhance your linguistic and critical
skills through Intermediate French Language
modules and options like these:

  • Intro to Enlightenment
  • Baudelaire
  • French
  • New Wave Cinema
  • Versailles
  • The Realist Novel
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • World War 2 in French Culture
  • Option Modules

Final Years

You will deepen your linguistic and cultural knowledge with Advanced French Language
modules and options like these:

  • Proust
  • Contemporary French Poetry
  • Reading Racine’s Women
  • Qu’est-ce que l’individualisme?
  • L’écriture Migrante
  • Thinking Things
  • Literature of Quebec

French is taught in lectures, classes and through independent study.

Assessment is through a mix of continuous assessment, in-class tests, mid-semester written assignments, project work and end-of-semester exams.

How Will I Study

Studying French (BA Arts)
Studying French (BA Humanities)
Languages, Linguistics & Cultures English, European & World Literatures
Studying French (BSc Social Sciences) as a minor with one of the following:
Political & International Relations

International Study Opportunities

Students undertaking D520 BA Arts are encouraged to spend an additional year abroad at one of our 17 partner universities across France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada, graduating with a four-year BA Arts International. Universities we have links with include:

  • La Sorbonne
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université de Bordeaux III
  • Université de Genève
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Université de Nice
  • Université de Toulouse
  • Université de Lyon and many more!


“Studying French enables you to access a diverse range of modules including language, literature, history and culture. I spent my third year on Erasmus in Lyon, one of the highlights of my university experience. This immersive linguistic and cultural experience allowed me to develop personally and to enrich my subject knowledge. I am currently working as an accountant through French. What the French Department at UCD has offered me on both an academic and personal level is second to none. The lecturers are very approachable and so many doors are open to you by studying here. I cannot recommend it enough!”

Conor Doran, Graduate

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