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 2019: 336
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:

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?

Language is something we take for granted but it is one of the most important skills we possess as human beings. It is hard to imagine any activity that does not involve language in some way. This makes linguistics (the scientific study of language) one of the most intriguing and interesting subjects. Linguistics asks, and answers, such questions as:

  • How are languages structured?
  • How is language acquired?
  • Why do no we not all speak the same way?

By studying linguistics you will find the answers to these and other questions. Some of the answers may surprise you, and some will prompt you to explore more profound and interesting questions.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Studying Linguistics develops essential skills that will allow you to pursue a diverse range of careers, including:

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Language teaching
  • Editing & publishing
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Advertising
  • Software development
  • Database analysis

Some of these careers may involve graduate study beyond linguistics, but students can also pursue MA and PhD studies in one of the many areas of linguistics, as well as related areas such as cognitive science, computer science or sociology.

What Will I Study

First Year
Modules are introductory in nature and provide an overview of the many interesting topics dealt with in Linguistics, including:

  • The sounds used in languages
  • The structure and meaning of words and sentences
  • The way language is acquired by children
  • How we use language to express ourselves and to communicate with others

Second & Third Year
Modules provide a more in-depth analysis of the areas already introduced, as well as looking at other areas such as:

  • Language Variation & Change
  • Language Disorders
  • Endangered Languages
  • English as a World Language
  • Intercultural communication
  • The corpus-based Study of Language

Linguistics modules comprise a lively mix of lectures and tutorials and hands-on exercises.

Assessment involves a stimulating combination of essays, language data problem sets, group projects, exams and presentations, so that students can fully demonstrate their learning and understanding.

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First Year
Second – Third Year

How Will I Study

Studying Linguistics (BA Arts)
Studying Linguistics (BA Humanities)
Languages, Linguistics & Cultures
Studying Linguistics (BSc Social Sciences) as a minor with one of the following:
Sociology Philosophy
Politics & International Relations Geography

International Study Opportunities

Students of Linguistics have availed of opportunities to study abroad as part of their BA, at universities in:

  • Paris, France
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Valladolid, Spain,
  • Bilbao, Spain,
  • North Carolina, USA
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Waseda, Japan


“The years I spent in UCD were some of the best in my life. I found a passion for linguistics and language, while making incredible friends and giving me invaluable skills and knowledge. As a result I have since completed my postgraduate education to become a Speech and Language Therapist.”

Laura Mahon, Graduate

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