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 2021: 359
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 260

CAO Code: DN520 BA Joint Hounours
CAO Points Range 2021: 356
Length of Course: 3 Years (4 Years BA International)
Average Intake: 420

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

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?

History is the pursuit of how we got here and the stories that we tell ourselves to explain the past. Working from ordinary to extraordinary, local to global, fact to fiction, you’ll develop critical thinking, argument and analysis skills that lie at the heart of careers in media, government, culture and education.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

History prepares students for a wide range of careers including journalism, business, law, the civil service, diplomacy, NGOs, social media, and teaching.

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 Global 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.

DN 520 Joint Honours

Students who take History as a Joint Honours three-year degree can study History combined with a wide range of different subjects. 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.

DN530 Humanities

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.

First Year

Students can choose from a broadbrange of modules including:

  • Rome to Renaissance
  • The United States from 1776
  • Radicals & Revolutionaries in Global History
  • Ireland’s English Centuries
  • Modern Europe 1500-2000
  • Modern Ireland 1800-2000
  • Ireland’s English Centuries
  • The Making of Modern Ireland, 1800-2000.

In first year, you also will take Creating History, where you study in a small group with a historian, to develop essential critical research and analytical skills.

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. Modules include: Islam & Christianity in the Middle Ages, Nazi Germany, The French Revolution, Northern Ireland: 1920-2010, Early Modern Europe: 1450-1800, China: Since 1600.

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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 also have the option of studying abroad.


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

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International Study Opportunities

Students can study at partner institutions across Europe, North America, and Australia. We recommend that students take the opportunity when studying abroad to develop their language skills.


“I was fortunate enough to study in the UCD School of History throughout the course of my undergraduate and graduate degrees. As someone from a small town that lacked a world history course, studying overseas was the opportunity of a lifetime. Academically, it’s like tiptoeing from a shallow puddle to a plunge into the sea. There is an extraordinary number of resources with which to challenge yourself and UCD’s School of History gives you the tools to effectively analyse and critique all sources. Better yet, you are never alone in your pursuits, as the faculty”

Samantha Haywood, Student

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