Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) or BSc (Hons) NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN520 BA Arts
CAO Points Range 2018: 381
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 350

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2018: 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

Special Entry Recommendation

In First Year two streams are offered, one for absolute beginners and another for non-beginners. For the non-beginners level a minimum of H4 grade in Leaving Certificate Spanish or equivalent is strongly recommended.

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Why is this course for me?

Spanish is a truly global language, spoken by more than 400 million people around the world. Taught through interactive language classes, Spanish is not only accessible in the initial stages of learning, it is also richly rewarding for those interested in the more advanced subtleties of linguistic study. In tandem with learning to communicate effectively in Spanish, a combination of lectures, tutorials and group work enables you to pursue your own readings of and reflections upon works by major authors. This will deepen your knowledge of Hispanic culture, as well as sharpening your critical faculties. Opportunities will be available to study Portuguese and acquire translation skills. We accept absolute beginners (taught separately in first year) and non-beginners. Opportunities exist for suitably qualified students to spend an extra year abroad and graduate with a BA International degree.  If you wish to reach the level of linguistic proficiency required by employers, we recommend that you opt for the four-year BA International degree. Alternatively, if you wish to study more than one language, with a year abroad, consider DN541 Modern Languages.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Our graduates are flexible, articulate and eminently employable people who can enjoy careers in:

  • Civil Service
  • Journalism
  • Banking and business
  • Teaching
  • Tourism

They are also eligible to apply for the MA in Modern Languages and other taught Master’s Programmes in the School of Languages, Culture & Linguistics and College of Arts & Humanities. MLitt and PhD programmes are also available.

What Will I Study

We aim to train you in the four main skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. A complementary objective is to focus on the analytical study and understanding of Hispanic literatures and cultures. If suitably qualified, students have the opportunity to study for an Erasmus year in Spain, Latin America or Portugal.

First Year

  • Language
  • Study Skills
  • Stories, Poetry, Drama, Short Texts
  • Electives, including Portuguese Language

Second & Third Year

  • Language
  • Latin-American Literature
  • Modern Novel
  • Film
  • Poetry
  • Fine Arts
  • Theatre
  • Commercial Spanish
  • Translation
  • Advanced Oral Language
  • Erasmus opportunites
  • Electives, including Portuguese Language

Spanish is taught in lectures and classes and there is an emphasis on independent study.

Assessments are varied and may include end-of-semester examinations, coursework, presentations and projects.

For detailed information on subject content click the relevant link below:
First Year (Beginners)
First Year (Non Beginners)
Second – Third Year

How Will I Study

Studying Spanish (BA Arts)
Studying Spanish (BA Humanities)
Languages, Linguistics & Cultures English, European & World Literatures
Studying Spanish (BSc Social Sciences) as a Minor with one of the following:
Politics & International Relations

International Study Opportunities

We operate exchanges with several partner institutions, in Spain, Latin America and Portugal including:

  • Deusto, Bilbao, Spain
  • Zaragoza, Spain
  • Valladolid, Spain
  • Salamanca, Spain
  • Castilla-La-Mancha (Ciudad Real), Spain
  • Seville, Spain
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago), Chile
  • Monterrey, Mexico
  • Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Coimbra, Portugal

Places may be limited with preference given to those with better results.


“Having studied Spanish for four years in UCD, I can comfortably say that I have a connection with Spain. Despite profiting greatly from the small language-class groups, my connection goes far beyond the language alone. I was able to acquire a genuine feel for what it means to be a part of Spain through modules based on literature under Franco’s dictatorship, Spanish contemporary cinema and the legacy of Spain’s old empire. These three topics that I studied are only a few of the many modules offered by UCD that encompass the culture, history, literature and people of the Hispanic world. Aside from these points, UCD also offers Erasmus exchanges in really exciting places for Spanish students. I spent my third year in Montevideo, Uruguay and would undoubtedly call it the most influential year of my life. For that alone, I must thank UCD.”

Colm MacMathuna, Student

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