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 BSc Social Sciences
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. Other Entry Routes same as above.

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Why is this course for me?

Take up Italian and you will open up excellent career opportunities in many areas of business and society. Italian is an exciting language to study – you will have the option to spend a year studying in Italy, one of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating countries. At UCD you will be immersed in Italian culture, from Dante to contemporary Italian writers.

Italian accepts both beginners and non-beginners. Indeed, most of our students are beginners, so if you are thinking of stretching yourself with a new language you’ll be in good company! We strongly
encourage our students to spend a year abroad as part of their degree. Studying abroad is a valuable experience, which enables you to perfect your language skills and immerse yourself in a different culture. Alternatively, if you wish to study more than one language, with a year abroad consider DN541 Modern Languages.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Studying Italian opens the door to many careers, including:

  • Careers in organisations including the EU, UN and NGOs
  • Multinationals
  • The Diplomatic Service
  • Communications & Marketing
  • Hospitality & entertainment industries
  • Teaching, publishing & journalism
  • Translation and interpreting

Studying Italian opens the door to graduate studies in UCD or other international universities. Our graduate courses include the MA in Modern Languages, MA in Applied Languages, MA in Applied Linguistics and MLitt in Italian. We also offer supervision for doctoral research in a range of specialised areas.

What Will I Study

First Year

You will study core language modules alongside a range of options in culture, history, literature and translation. Examples of modules include:

  • Italian language 1A (beginners)
  • Italian language 1B OR 1B (non-beginners)
  • Making Italy

Second & Final Years

You will deepen your understanding of Italian with in-depth modules, including:

  • Italian Language 2a
  • Italian Language 2b
  • Italian Short Stories
  • Reading Italian Literature
  • Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio
  • Italian Language 3a
  • Italian Language 3b
  • Politics and Morals in Renaissance Italy
  • Interwar Culture & Poetry
  • 20th Century Italian Women Writers
  • The Story of Italian 2: Modern Age and Today

You will have the opportunity to study abroad for your third year. Language modules are taught in small groups, and literature and culture modules are taught through both lectures and tutorials.

Assessment is through a combination of continuous assessment and end-of trimester exams.

How Will I Study

Study Italian
Studying Italian (BSc Social Sciences) as a minor with one of the following:
Sociology Politics & International Relations

International Study Opportunities

We recommend that after second year, you complete an Erasmus year at an Italian university, including ones at:

  • Cagliari
  • Macerata
  • Milan
  • Rome
  • Trento
  • Urbino

Upon completion of your fourth year, you will then be awarded a BA Arts International. Places may be limited and preference will be given to those with higher results.


“I loved studying Italian at UCD, largely due to the small class sizes and a close lecturer-student relationship. Combining the language with historical and literature modules in Italian helped to shape my understanding of not just the language but also the culture of Italy. I also had a wonderful opportunity to go on Erasmus to Urbino, which was vital for my spoken Italian. Having another European language brings many more opportunities, I would certainly recommend studying Italian here at UCD.”

Rob McMahon, Graduate

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