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 2021: 356
Length of Course: 3 Years (4 years BA International)
Average Intake: 420

CAO Code: DN700
CAO Points Range 2021: 465
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 525

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 French speaking 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.

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 Relationsor 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 our three-year or four-year degree.

First Year

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

Second Year

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

  • La France D’aujourd’hui
  • Intro to Enlightenment
  • Baudelaire
  • French New Wave Cinema
  • Versailles
  • The Realist Novel
  • World War 2 in French Culture

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 trimester exams.

How Will I Study

Study French
Study French (BSc Social Sciences) as a minor with:
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!


“UCD French offers a variety of interesting and diverse content modules in which you can study film, novels, history, poetry and philosophy. Each year, the French Department welcomes lecturers from France to facilitate oral classes and, along with the French Society, they are an excellent resource for improving your oral French. The lecturers are incredibly helpful and friendly, and are always willing to answer your questions and help you in whatever way that they can.”

David Irving, Student

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