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 BSc Social Sciences
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.

Special Entry Recommendation: In First Year two streams are offered, one for absolute beginners and another for non-beginners. For the non-beginners level a minimum of H4 grade in Leaving Certificate German or equivalent is strongly recommended.

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?

German is one of the most widely spoken first language in Europe, and, in economic terms, Germany’s strength is undisputed. Studying German, therefore, offers an array of cultural and business opportunities. Our teaching involves not only the language, but also the arts and culture of the German speaking countries, equipping graduates with valuable intercultural understanding and key transferable skills.

Our students are strongly encouraged to spend an Erasmus year abroad at a host university in Austria or Germany as part of their degree. A year abroad is a valuable experience, which allows you to perfect your language skills and to broaden your horizons. This is recognised in the degree title itself: BA Arts students who successfully complete a year abroad graduate with a BA Arts International. 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 buily-in year abroad, consider the BA Modern Languages degree.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

German is a passport to global careers. Our graduates have found lucrative employment in many different areas including:

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Civil/Diplomatic Service
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Teaching
  • Translating
  • Academia & Research
  • Careers in the EU

A BA in German is an ideal pathway to graduate study. Our graduate programmes include the MA in Modern Languages, MA in Applied Linguistics and MLitt in German. We also offer supervision for doctoral research in a range of specialised areas.

What Will I Study

Core language modules alongside a range of modules in culture, history, literature and
translation. Examples of modules include:

First Year

  • German Language
  • German Language for Beginners
  • Reading German Literature
  • German History on Screen
  • Spoken German for Beginners

Second & Final Year

  • German Language (including Intensive German for Ex-Beginners)
  • Transcultural Encounters
  • Modernist German Literature
  • Translation English-German & German-English
  • Grimms’ Tales and Adaptations
  • German-Speaking Enlightenment
  • Contemporary German Prose
  • Radical Thinkers

German is taught in lectures, classes and through independent study and recommended reading. Project work or group work may also feature.

Most modules have one major assessment component such as an essay or an examination paper, plus one or more smaller continuous assessment components.

How Will I Study

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

International Study Opportunities

The additional year abroad for the BA International can be spent at one of the following of our partner institutions:

  • Bayreuth
  • Berlin (FU)
  • Erfurt
  • Erlangen
  • Graz
  • Konstanz
  • Leipzig
  • Münster
  • Munich
  • Potsdam
  • Vienna
  • Würzburg


“Studying German at UCD gave me a wider understanding of not just how to speak the language but also how to understand German culture, history and literature. I was a member of both the German Society and the German Debating team during my time at UCD. In my third year, I received a Scholarship to study at the Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. This opportunity was invaluable, as I not only perfected my German language skills, but I also gained international work experience working for the University’s Learning Innovation team. After my final exams, I went straight into full-time employment at Accenture and I now work in Lidl. Both of these jobs require fluency in German, made possible by degree.”

Sarah Gordon, Graduate

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