Modern Languages

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN541
CAO Points Range 2018: 339
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 50

Leaving Certificate:

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

Special Entry Recommendation: If you choose to study a language at advanced level during your first year, it is recommended that you have at least a H4 grade in that language at Leaving Certificate, or equivalent.

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Why is this course for me?

Modern Languages combines advanced language skills with the literature, history and culture of the countries where these languages are spoken. It also focuses on developing critical faculties and cross-cultural awareness. You can study French, German, Italian or Spanish at an advanced level (post-Leaving Certificate or equivalent), and you can take Italian, Spanish and German as a beginner. Portuguese can be taken on an elective basis. Much of our teaching is in small groups, where you will expand your communication skills and develop as an independent learner. A crucial element of the degree is the year abroad, where you have the unique opportunity to become immersed in another culture.

You will find details in this prospectus of the opportunities available to study French, German, Italian and Spanish, including the opportunity to spend a year abroad. This degree is for those of you who want to concentrate on at least two of these languages, explore the connections between them, spend a year abroad and graduate with a BA International degree.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Your excellent knowledge of languages and strong communication, intercultural and analytical skills will open careers in:

  • Politics & public service
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Marketing & business
  • Creative & media industries
  • Translation & interpreting

You will also be well qualified to pursue programmes at MA and PhD level.

What Will I Study

First Year

Modules in two languages, at least one language should be studied at an advanced level [post Leaving Certificate equivalent].

  • Two intercultural modules
  • Choice of modules in literature, history and cultural studies or linguistics
  • An optional third language.

Second Year

  • One intercultural module
  • Two main languages
  • Choice of modules in literature, history and cultural studies or subject specific linguistics
  • An optional third language.

Year Abroad

  • Linguistic, literary, historical and/or cultural courses at the host institution
  • Continued study of second language.

Fourth Year

  • One intercultural module
  • Continuation of the languages chosen in second year
  • Option modules as above.

Students spend approximately 15 hours a week attending language classes, lectures and tutorials and 25 hours a week undertaking independent study. Assessment is through a combination of end-of-semester written and oral examinations, and continuous assessments.

International Study Opportunities

Studying abroad is an essential element of this degree. Students are guaranteed an Erasmus exchange place at one of our more than 40 partner universities in

  • Germany
  • Austria
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Canada
  • Italy
  • Spain and South America.


“I have always had a profound interest in the Romance languages and the cultures associated with them. When I found out about the BA in Modern Languages, I knew it was the right degree for me because it combines the main European languages with their past and present culture and history. The language classes are taught in small groups, creating a very relaxed learning environment where teachers are always available to help you with any problems. The year abroad has not only given my language skills a huge boost but has also broadened my understanding of what it means to be a citizen in the EU nowadays.”

Carla Fette French and Italian Student

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