Languages, Linguistics & Cultures

Course Information

BA (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

Leaving Certificate:

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

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Why is this course for me?

This programme is designed for students who are seeking a high level of language and intercultural competency by developing effective communication and analytical skills. The programme takes a holistic approach to language by fostering linguistics, alongside literary and cultural approaches. Students can choose from Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Latin and Ancient Greek. Modules are available in Portuguese and Welsh.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

This programme prepares students for a variety of career paths, including: careers in education, media, translation, public service, cultural institutions, research, editing and publishing, and a wide range of private sector employment opportunities that require intercultural competences. With regard to the Irish language, one of the main aspects of this programme is to address the status of Irish as a modern working language in the European Union.

In addition to MLitt and PhD programmes, this programme prepares students for postgraduate study in a variety of fields, including in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, and the School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore.

What Will I Study

This programme focuses on specific oral and written language skills and critical intercultural and interdisciplinary skills. The programme allows students to explore modern and ancient languages and cultures. Learning activities critically explore communicative practices and students will engage with a variety of approaches to language including approaches based on literary, linguistic, historic and cultural studies. The programme fosters a wide range of transferable skills, including active communications skills, academic writing, speaking and presentation skills, projectwork and critical analysis skills.

First Year

  • Introduction to Languages, Linguistics & Cultures
  • Literature & Linguistics
  • Language Skills

Study one or two languages: French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Latin, Spanish.

Second Year

  • Intermediate Language Skills
  • Intercultural studies
  • Literature modules in your chosen language
  • Intermediate Linguistics

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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.

Fourth Year

  • Advanced Language Skills
  • Literature & culture modules in your chosen language
  • Advanced Linguistics

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

International Study Opportunities

Study abroad opportunities across Europe and worldwide include;

  • Austria
  • Germany
  • France (including overseas regions)
  • Spain
  • Latin America (including Brazil)
  • Italy
  • Croatia
  • UK
  • North America
  • South Africa
  • Iceland


“I have always had a passion for foreign languages, so the choice of Italian was easy. I also took Linguistics modules and have never looked back. While learning a language focuses on what you say and how you say it, Linguistics uncovers the why. I find it fascinating. UCD has a fantastic variety of modules to choose from and the lecturers and tutors are always encouraging, helpful and passionate about their subjects. I would highly recommend my course for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of language alongside the excitement and opportunities that come from learning a new one.”

Charlotte Stead Linguistics & Italian Student

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