Course Information

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

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530 BA Humanities
CAO Points Range 2018: 301
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 220

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

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2018: 392
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

Leaving Certificate:

DN530 BA Humanities –  O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

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.

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Why is this course for me?

Humans live through their stories. Studying History is the best way of making sense of our own stories and experiences. If you are interested in the real decisions that people have made and if you wonder how ideas, commerce, warfare, science, empires, and revolutions have forged new worlds, then History is the subject for you. The School of History is the leading centre for historical research in Ireland and will open possibilities to a career working with history across a wide range of careers and industries.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

History students acquire key transferable skills that are attractive to a wide range of employers. These skills include critical thinking, creativity, writing, and researching. Recent graduates work in organisations such as RTE, the National Museum, Google, Dail Eireann, Government Departments, and the EU Commission.

You can continue to study History at Postgraduate or PhD level, or use your History degree to progress to a wide range of prestigious postgraduate conversion courses.

What Will I Study

You will study Irish, European, and World History from the Middle Ages to the present. You will engage with different aspects of History – political, cultural, social, and economic. You will explore questions and problems, and develop your critical thinking skills and your ability to express your ideas and arguments.

DN530 Single Subject History

If you wish to take History as a Single Major Subject, you will study the courses listed by year. In addition, you will undertake intensive training on archives, research methods, and historiography, across the four years. Single Major History students also have the opportunity to apply for an internship in third year. In fourth year, you will write a dissertation and design your own research programme, under close supervision.

DN 520 Joint Honours Degree

Students who choose to take History as a Joint Honours three-year degree can study History combined with Archaeology, Film Studies, Irish, Mathematics, Spanish, Art History, French, Irish, Folklore, Music, Celtic Civilisation, Geography, Irish Studies, Philosophy, Drama, German, Italian, English, Greek and Roman Civilisation, Linguistics and Sociology. Explore the past, examine a wide range of periods and topics from around the globe and study the different ways that the past can be understood.

First Year

First year offers a broad choice of subject areas that range from medieval to modern European and Irish History and include modules such as:

  • Rome to Renaissance
  • Modern Europe 1500-2000
  • Ireland’s English Centuries
  • From Union to Bailout: Modern Ireland

In First Year, you also will take ‘Creating History’, where you will study in a small group with a historian, to develop the skills that are essential to the subject.

Second Year

In second year, you begin to specialise in the areas of History that you are most interested in, focussing on particular countries, themes, and periods.

For detailed information on subject content click here.

Third Year

Internship: Apply for an internship across a range of sectors from the arts and the public sector to business and the media. Get experience in an area that relates to your field of study and your desired career path.

Study abroad: Choose a semester abroad where you can study relevant modules at one of our 25 partner universities around the world.

Deepen your subject knowledge: Choose from a range of History modules, including: Revolutionary Russia, Medicine Culture and Society, Rise Fall & Rise of Modern Japan, Orwell’s Twentieth Century Ireland and the Glorious Revolution Alcohol, Drugs and Society.

Fourth Year

  • Slavery and the New World
  • The West & Middle East
  • Madness and Civilisation
  • Florence
  • Irish Urban History
  • The Irish Revolution, 1910-1923

You will complete an extended research project/dissertation in your chosen specialised area.


Assessment for History modules is a mix of coursework, essays, learning journals, exams and presentations. In the final year, research papers make up the vast bulk of the grades.

International Study Opportunities

Students can study at partner institutions across Europe, North America, and Australia. An increasing number of European partners offer some courses through English, though we recommend that students take the opportunity when studying abroad to develop their language skills.


“Studying History in UCD has transformed my view of the world. I loved the range of modules on offer. The lecturers in the history department are its greatest assets. Their openness and availability to discuss matters relating to the course and their help to students meant that it was easy to develop working relationships. Some people in my class have gone on to work in a variety of industries from the civil service to teaching, while others used the degree to go into further studies such as law, history and information studies. Following my completion of the course I was accepted straight into an MA degree in archives and records management and on completion of my MA, I started work straight away as an archivist.”

James Flood History Graduate 2015

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