BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

Portuguese is a global language, spoken across four continents by more than 250 million people. Studying Portuguese offers valuable career opportunities in many areas of business and society both in Ireland and abroad. During your degree at UCD, you will delve into the language and the cultural diversity of the Portuguese-speaking world. You will also enhance your critical thinking, intercultural understanding and communication skills.

Our students are strongly encouraged to spend a year abroad at a host university in Portugal or a Portuguese-speaking country as part of their degree. This experience will enable you to perfect your language skills and to broaden your horizons. We welcome both absolute beginners and non-beginners.

What Will I Study

You will study core language modules alongside a range of option modules which focus on Portuguese-language culture, history, literature and film across our threeyear or four-year BA and BHum degree programmes. If you wish to study more than one language, with a built-in year abroad, you might choose Portuguese as part of the DN541 Modern Languages (BAIML) degree. Examples of modules may include:

First Year

  • Portuguese Language modules (1a and 1b)
  • Film and Fiction in the Portuguese-speaking World
  • Reading Portuguese Literature

Second Year

  • Portuguese Language modules (2a and 2b)
  • Portuguese Postcolonial Literature
  • Intro to Brazilian Culture
  • Let’s Talk Portuguese 1

Third Year

  • Portuguese Language modules (3a and 3b)
  • 20th-century Portugal via Film
  • 20-century Portuguese Poetry
  • Brazilian Visual Cultures
  • Modernist Brazilian Literature
How Will I Study
International Study Opportunities

The third year abroad for students of Portuguese may be spent at one of our partner institutions in Portugal, such as the University of Porto and University of Coimbra (the latter is one of the oldest universities in the world), or further afield.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Learning Portuguese may lead to careers in a wide range of areas including: International Business; International Relations; Diplomatic Service; Translating and Interpreting; Communication and Marketing; Journalism and Media; Tourism; Health; Education.

Studying Portuguese as part of a BA, BAIML and BHum degree may lead to further study of Portuguese on the UCD MA in Modern Languages or as part of the new UCD MA in Languages and Image Studies.

Other Entry Routes

“Being one of the most-spoken languages in the world, Portuguese offers a strong array of cultural and business opportunities. In addition to language skills, students at UCD will enhance their knowledge of Lusophone culture and history, opening gateways to Portugal, Brazil and many other Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa and Asia. Studying Portuguese at UCD is definitely an excellent opportunity if you wish to open your horizons and in modern multicultural Ireland. It is also a very valuable asset on your CV.”

Dr Romeu Foz


Contact Information

UCD School of Portuguese
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 8375

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