Course Information

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

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

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

CAO Code: DN700
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.

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?

In studying French at UCD, you will: develop your communication skills and critical thinking by exploring the language and cultures of France and other French speaking countries; broaden your understanding and command of a language that is both European and global; and equip yourself for today’s increasingly diverse society and workplace by enhancing your cultural awareness and intellectual flexibility.

Opportunities exist for suitably qualified students to spend an extra year abroad and graduate with a BA (International). If you wish to reach the level of linguistic proficiency required by employers, we recommend that you opt for the four-year BA (International) degree. Alternatively, 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

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.

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:

  • French Language Ia and Ib
  • Reading French 1 & 2

Second Year
Foundations in Language and Literature:

  • French Language IIa and IIb
  • Option Modules

Final Years

Deepening Linguistic and Cultural Awareness:

  • French Language IIIa and IIIb
  • Option Modules

Sample option modules include:

  • Baudelaire
  • The Realist Novel
  • Proust
  • Contemporary French Poetry
  • Versailles
  • Reading Racine’s Women
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Introduction to the Enlightenment

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

Assessment is by continuous assessment, in-class tests, mid-term 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 of the Joint Honours degree, DN520, are encouraged to apply to spend an additional year abroad at one of our 13 partner universities across France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada, graduating with a four-year BA (International). Places may be limited and preference will be given to those with better results.


“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 French Graduate 2016

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