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 2019: 336
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 200

CAO Code: DN520 BA Joint Hounours
CAO Points Range 2019: 381
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:

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

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.

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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.

  • Digital Reporter
  • Senior Civil Servant
  • Diplomat
  • Market Researcher
  • Archivist
  • Project Manager
  • Museum Curator
  • Teacher
  • Legal Researcher
  • Legal Investigator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Web Editor
  • TV Producer
  • Media Coordinator

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.

Specialise: MA (Taught) 

  • MA Archives & Records Management
  • MA European History (UNICA)
  • MA Global History
  • MA History of Welfare & Medicine in Society
  • MA International War Studies
  • Ma Irish History
  • MA Medieval Studies
  • MA Public History


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

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, American and Irish History and include modules such as:

  • Rome to Renaissance
  • Modern Europe 1500-2000
  • Ireland’s English Centuries
  • The Making of Modern Ireland, 1800-2000.

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

You deepen your historical interests through our small-group specialised research-based courses. In weekly two-hour seminars, you will engage in primary source research, deliver class presentations, and write your own research project. You can also study abroad.


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

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.


“I work for Mercury, a large Irish engineering company managing complex projects around Europe. My role as the Corporate Communications Officer is to produce communications for the company website and social media channels. My experience as a History student in UCD has greatly informed my day to day work. During my time as a History student I learnt how to write high-quality content at short notice, construct arguments, present information and analyse data, all of which are absolutely invaluable and utilised on a daily basis in my working life.”

Evan O’Quigley, History & Sociology Graduate

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