Languages, Linguistics & Cultures

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530
CAO Points Range 2020: 326-340
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 250

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 course 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.

Graduates are eligible for taught masters courses in a variety of fields including Languages and Linguistics. In addition graduates are prepared for MLitt and PhD programmes.

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

All students take an interdisciplinary module: Introduction to Languages, Linguistics and Cultures. They will also take three modules in the language of their choice, three modules in Linguistics and further modules in cultures and literatures. Students may also choose modules from within a second language.

Second Year

Students study their chosen language at intermediate level and continue with their studies in linguistics. They will also study culture and literature.

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Third Year

You will choose from a range of options that will enable you to broaden your horizons and enrich your academic experience:

  • Apply for a competitive internship in an area that interests you and/or relates to your area of study.
  • Study abroad for a trimester/year to develop your language skills and immerse yourself in a new culture.
  • Deepen your knowledge by studying a dedicated range of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures modules.

Fourth Year

Students will study advanced modules in their chose language and in linguistics. They will also choose from a range of in-programme options in culture and literature.

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


“As a language student, linguistics has not only been a fascinating subject to study but it has also complemented my language learning immensely. Studying linguistics has introduced me to a wide range of disciplines; this year alone I’ve taken linguistic modules ranging from Introduction to Translation, to Sociolinguistics, to Second Language Acquisition. Next year I will study abroad in Lyon as part of the Erasmus programme, where I will continue my studies of languages and linguistics through French. Due to the remarkably dedicated staff members and diverse course content, I highly recommend Languages, Linguistics & Cultures to anyone with an interest in languages.”

Rebecca Duffy, Student

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