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UCD Access and Lifelong Learning, Access and Lifelong Learning Centre, Level One, James Joyce Library Building, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland

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Since its foundation, the University has made a unique contribution to the creation of modern Ireland, based on successful engagement with Irish society on every level and across every sphere of activity. The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland’s most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from over 139 countries, including almost 5,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland.

Join a distinctly Irish university, with global impact. UCD undergraduate, postgraduate and adult education students benefit from an education delivered by experts at the leading edge of their fields internationally and a curriculum constantly updated by the latest research.

Writing - Creative Step - Creative Writing for Beginners

This course is designed to help people take that step; people who are keen to begin writing but remain intimidated by the blank page. Emphasis will be on producing something new: crafting effective sentences, learning how to be attentive to words and finding ways to surprise readers (including ourselves). A selection of short stories, poems…

Writing - Creative Writing Workshop using the Amherst Writers & Artists Method

This daylong generative writing workshop will use a proven creative writing method to unlock creativity. The Amherst Writers and Artists Method Workshop has been used with great success throughout Ireland and the USA for almost 30 years. Using carefully selected prompts, participants will write a number of creative writing pieces during the workshop, which are…

Writing - Five-Day Intensive Creative Writing Workshop using the Amherst Writers & Artists Method

This course is perfect for those who would like an intensive creative writing experience. Using the Amherst Writers and Artists creative writing workshop method, this course meets for three full days to build on creative momentum and stay in the writing groove! This is our fifth year offering this Spring intensive course. Come and join…

Writing - The Creative Step Part 2

Like Creative Step Part 1, this course is designed to help people who are keen to begin writing but remain intimidated by the blank page. As with the previous course, we will look at some examples of writing from published authors (to look more closely at their techniques, etc.) and group discussion will play an…

Writing - The Secrets of Writing Great Fiction 1

This course is tailor-made to facilitate emerging writers, those with on-going projects, as well as published authors. The aim of this course is to assist writers to realise their writing ambitions and potential by finding and using their skills to create fiction for todays literary market. Focus is on creating strong story lines and structural…

Writing - The Secrets of Writing Great Fiction 2

The aim of this course is to assist writers to realise their writing ambitions and potential by finding and using their skills to create fiction for todays market. The course is tailor-made to facilitate beginners who dream of writing through to writers already working on projects, as well as published authors. The eight sessions focus…

Agriculture & Food Science

UCD Pre- Masters Pathway (PMP) Programme is designed primarily for international students who meet the academic entry requirements of their chosen UCD graduate taught programme but do not yet meet the English language requirements for direct entry to that programme.

Architecture

(One to four semesters in duration)

Architecture, Art and Design
GradCert Advanced Physiotherapy Studies
GradDip Actuarial Science

The programme provides a solid foundation in mathematics, statistics, economics and finance for future actuarial studies.

GradDip Advanced Physiotherapy Studies
GradDip American Politics & Foreign Policy
GradDip American Studies

Due to the United States’ unrivalled status in the world today, the debates on American values and the mission of American democracy have become a matter of global concern. This programme introduces students to advanced study of American culture and politics, in both domestic and international contexts.

GradDip Applied Linguistics

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary programme concerned with practical issues involving language use in our globalised, multilingual world: language in the workplace, language and migration, language policy, multilingualism, language education and endangered languages, identity issues and language and technology.

GradDip Archaeology

UCD School of Archaeology is the foremost archaeological research institution in Ireland and our teaching programme focuses on archaeology in Ireland and overseas. Our aim is to equip graduates to contribute to archaeology across the globe, with key concepts developed from understanding the internationally acclaimed Irish archaeological record. In the MA programme, this will include…

HDip Archaeology

The programme comprises the final two years of our undergraduate programme compressed into a single academic year. This includes:

MA American Politics & Foreign Policy

The United States is the most influential nation in the world. However, a number of challenges in recent years have called into question the sustainability of American leadership abroad and prosperity at home. This includes, but is not limited to, the notion of American decline in relation to rising powers such as China, a political…

MA American Studies

Due to the United States’ unrivalled status in the world today, the debates on American values and the mission of American democracy have become a matter of global concern. This programme introduces students to advanced study of American culture and politics, in both domestic and international contexts.

MA Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama

The longest established MA of its kind in the world, UCD’s MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama covers the rich and diverse traditions of Irish writing in English, from writers Joyce, Yeats, Beckett to Tóibín, Meehan, Enright and Donoghue.

MA Applied Linguistics

The MA in Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary programme aimed at students who wish to develop their understanding of a broad range of language-related issues which play a pivotal role in our globalised, multilingual world. Second language acquisition and foreign language learning are among the most central of these issues. This programme provides relevant qualifications…

MA Archaeology

UCD School of Archaeology is the foremost archaeological research institution in Ireland and our teaching programme focuses on archaeology in Ireland and overseas. Our aim is to equip graduates to contribute to archaeology across the globe, with key concepts developed from understanding the internationally acclaimed Irish archaeological record. In the MA programme, this will include…

MA Archives & Records Management

The MA Archives & Records Management programme in the School of History trains students to select, curate and ensure access to the historic and future memory contained in records. It is aimed at graduates who wish to acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enable them to ethically manage records and archives in all…

MA Art History, Collections & Curating

The MA in Art History, Collections and Curating offers advanced postgraduate academic training in the history of art, with a special focus on collections and curatorial practice. It offers the opportunity to hone skills in the interpretation, critique, and analysis of works of art and architecture, developing the knowledge and capacity to pursue future careers…

MAgrSc Agricultural Extension and Innovation

The Masters in Agricultural Extension and Innovation will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to be effective in building the capacity of farmers / food producers to adopt new practices and technologies.

MArch Architecture

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MSc Actuarial Science

The programme provides a solid foundation in mathematics, statistics, economics and finance for future actuarial studies.

MSc Acupuncture
MSc Advanced Physiotherapy Studies
MSc Applied Economics

UCD School of Economics is Ireland’s leading economics department. Our staff are experts with international reputations in a wide range of topics such as macroeconomics, econometrics, applied microeconomics, behavioural economics, health economics, international trade and economic history. School members play a significant role in debating economic policy issues and in contributing to the formulation of…

MSc Applied Geospatial Analysis

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing are considered essential tools to spatially explore, analyze, visualize and disseminate data; and these skills are increasingly highly sought after in the workplace. The MSc in Applied Geospatial Analysis will provide you with strong theoretical, conceptual and practical foundation on spatial analytics, covering legislative requirements and ethical considerations.…

MSc Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics

MSc Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics covers concepts in fields as diverse as continuum mechanics, hydrodynamics, mathematical biology, waves, non-linear dynamics, numerical analysis, advanced mathematical methods, modern mathematical physics and complex systems theory.

ProfDip Architecture
Agri-Environmental Sciences

This degree focuses on sustainable management of natural resources (plants, animals, air, soils and water) within the context of agriculture and other land-based industries, and protection of the rural environment for future generations. This specialist applied science degree will equip you for a career at the interface between production agriculture and environmental protection, to give…

Agricultural Science

If youre interested in Agricultural Science but are not yet certain of which area to specialise in, you can select the No Preference (NPF) option on your CAO form. Then, during your first year at UCD, you can choose your area of specialisation. If you receive an offer on the Agricultural Science programme youll be…

Agricultural Systems Technology

This course is aimed at students who wish to build their knowledge and skills-base to address the complexities of developing, deploying and managing technology for the agriculture and food sector. With a focus on design, numeracy and technology, our students will be committed and engaged with food production and processing, and specifically with technology to…

Animal & Crop Production

Each year, the Animal & Crop Production course has become more interesting. The lecturers involved are experts in their field. Studying the various subjects gives a huge insight into production systems, and business aspects and trends. Why is this course for me? This degree gives you a broad knowledge of the science and business of…

Animal Science

At the core of Animal Science is the study of the applied sciences that are fundamental to understanding how animals function and that underpin the principles of livestock production. The degree will give you an appreciation of: The growth and development of domestic farm animals, and animal behaviour and welfare Animal production systems and how…

Archaeology

If you study Archaeology, we can promise you that you will see the world, time and the human condition in an entirely new way. Archaeology is a uniquely multidisciplinary subject, using all sources of evidence from the past, from ancient manuscripts to the scientific analysis of plants, animals and materials. Through undertaking Archaeology as a…

Art History

Art History is for you if you are interested in any or all of the different aspects of visual culture: painting, sculpture, architecture, the decorative arts and modern visual art forms including photography, film, video and performance. At UCD, Art History is a stimulating and richly rewarding subject that explores the aesthetic and stylistic, the…

Celtic Civilization

Celtic Civilization enables students to form an overview of the history, literature, language and culture of the Celts over the centuries. No knowledge of the Celtic languages is required, but students, if they choose, may get an introduction to Early Irish, Medieval Welsh, Modern Welsh and Breton.

Celtic Studies, Art History & History

Are you interested in pursuing research or a career in culture, the arts, or heritage? This unique interdisciplinary programme covers all of these areas, ranging across Celtic Studies, Art History and History. The core of this programme will see students examine the history, literature, language and culture of the Celts across the centuries. It will…

Classics (Greek & Roman Civilization, Latin & Greek)

As so much of European culture looks back to Classical Antiquity, studying Classics will give you insights not just into the ancient past but also into the ideas and texts that shaped the present. Three subjects are offered within the BA degree, which you can take separately or combine:

Classics, Art History & Archaeology

Students who take this programme will benefit from the inter-disciplinary study of the visual arts, archaeology, and material culture from prehistory and antiquity to the present day. In Classics, you will use literary and historical analysis along with the visual and material evidence to reconstruct the lost worlds of the Greek and Roman past; in…

Classics, English & History

Do you want to develop a deep understanding of human experience in Europe and its associated cultures from earliest times to the very present? Do you want to explore issues of memory, truth, curiosity and understanding that have fascinated people at all times and at all places? This programme will bring students to the heart…

Drama Studies

The Drama Studies Programme is for students who are interested in learning about theatre and performance in theory and practice. Drama Studies has a range of modules that bring together scholarly, creative, and practical “on-your-feet” tasks and assignments. Drama Studies educates students in the history and practices of theatre and performance, in current theoretical methods…

English

Study English at UCD if you are an enthusiastic reader, talker and writer, and love literature. Strengthen your understanding of narrative, poetic and dramatic forms. Enlarge your critical vocabulary and historical awareness. Explore how the study of literature intersects with questions of gender, politics and cultural theory. Learn how to research a topic, evaluate evidence…

English Literature

Are you an enthusiastic reader and writer who wants to immerse yourself in literature ranging from Old English to new writing being published today? Do you want to explore the radical potential of novels, plays and poems to change lives? Would you like to analyse literary concepts and forms deeply, to creatively connect ideas across…

English with Creative Writing

If your interest in literature extends to an ambition to write creatively, this degree programme will support that ambition through classes, workshops, and seminars dedicated to the development of your creative talent. In the final year, you will work on – and complete to high standard – a substantial writing project. To help you reach…

English, Drama & Film

Study English, Drama and Film if you are interested in the relationships between literature, drama, film, and media cultures. Refine your critical engagement with a wide variety of texts and cultures, in different genres and media, and across different national and historical locations. Consider the role of cultural representation across a diverse range of genres,…

English, European & World Literatures

This programme develops a comparative understanding and a questioning of the literary and intellectual legacies of European languages, including English. You will examine literatures in their historical context, analysing the artistic and literary movements that shaped European society. You will also look at the ways in which these languages and literatures have migrated and evolved…

Film Studies

Media literacy is a vital 21st century skill and the cultivation of such literacy stands at the centre of this degree path. Students are encouraged to make connections between literary, cinematic and televisual forms, to deepen their knowledge of screen cultures and, in particular, to ask serious questions about how representation, culture and politics interrelate.…

French

In studying French at UCD, you will: develop your communication skills and critical thinking by exploring the language and cultures of France and other French speaking countries; broaden your understanding and command of a language that is both European and global; and equip yourself for today’s increasingly diverse society and workplace by enhancing your cultural…

Geography

Are you interested in pressing global, national and local issues such as climate change, and hazard management? Do you want to make sense of our highly complex world and become an informed global citizen? Do you want to learn IT, field and laboratory techniques highly valued by employers such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS)? By…

German

German is the most widely spoken first language in Europe, and, in economic terms, Germany’s strength is undisputed. Studying German, therefore, offers an array of cultural and business opportunities. Our teaching involves not only the language, but also the arts and culture of the German speaking countries, equipping graduates with valuable intercultural understanding and key…

History

Humans live through their stories. Studying History is the best way of making sense of our own stories and experiences. If you are interested in the real decisions that people have made and if you wonder how ideas, commerce, warfare, science, empires, and revolutions have forged new worlds, then History is the subject for you.…

History & Politics

History and Politics is a classic combination of subjects for students looking to investigate the workings of government and society in contemporary and historical perspectives. You will examine why society has changed and seek to understand the issues facing societies across the globe today. Through both subjects, the course will teach you the essential skills…

Information & Communication Studies

Information plays a key role in all aspects of life – in business, government, society and the life of the individual. Knowing how to create, manage, share, find and use digital information is more relevant than ever before. Information & Communication Studies gives you a chance to explore the ways companies such as Facebook, Twitter,…

Irish Folklore

The study of folklore involves the study of traditional popular culture, in the past and in the present. It is primarily concerned with the history and culture of ordinary people, and with the evolution and role of tradition at vernacular level. As an academic discipline, folklore (or ethnology) involves the exploration of oral literature, social…

Irish Studies

Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary programme that examines the variety and diversity of Irish history, society, cultural practice and the complex processes through which Ireland and Irish identities have been constructed. It asks a series of provocative and stimulating questions about ideas of Ireland and Irishness, such as how can we understand the ways in…

Irish/Gaeilge

Tá atmaisféar foghlama bríomhar, scolártha ar fáil sna léachtaí agus sna ranganna teagasic agus tú ag déanamh staidéir ar an nGaeilge, rud a chuirfidh go mór leis an spéis agus leis an taithí atá agat san ábhar. Tabharfaidh na modúil atá ar fáil sa Nua-Ghaeilge léargas duit ar réimsí léinn nuaaimseartha agus stairiúla, idir theanga…

Italian

In today’s world, where language skills are growing in importance, Italian is an exciting language to study. Not only will you enjoy learning Italian, you will also open up excellent career opportunities in many areas of business and society. You will have the opportunity to spend a year studying in Italy, one of the world’s…

Languages, Linguistics & Cultures

This programme 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…

Linguistics

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…

Mathematics (through Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences)

Mathematics plays a key role in our quest to fully describe and understand the natural world. Those who concentrate on this subject will gain an understanding of mathematical concepts and learn how to prove key facts and solve problems using deductive reasoning. If you are interested in studying Mathematics together with an Arts and Humanities…

Music

Music is a universal form of expression, one that captures our imagination in countless ways. In UCD, we equip students with the skills necessary to understand a wide variety of musical practices. Study music in UCD if you love performing, listening to, and talking about music. Develop your musicianship through both theory and performance. Deepen…

Music, Film & Drama

Music, Film and Drama are art forms that speak to the very core of human experience; they impact our lives every day. This 4-year programme allows students to immerse themselves in the close study of these forms, to understand them from cultural and historical perspectives, and to explore the ways in which they influence and…

Philosophy

Are you interested in thinking for yourself? Do you like problem solving? Do you want to tackle some of the most challenging questions that have fascinated thinkers for centuries, such as:

Politics & International Relations

Do you want to understand how governments, parliaments, parties and elections work? Are you concerned about conflicts, human rights, global poverty, war and political violence? Do you want to learn how to formulate a coherent and persuasive argument? With a degree in Politics, you will develop the ability to analyse the complex interplay between national…

Sociology

If you are interested in people, you will be interested in sociology. It is relevant for understanding almost every aspect of our lives. We are all part of society, we are connected with each other and we are affected by the people around us. In the same way, we shape the social context for others…

Spanish

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…

Statistics (through Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences)

Wherever data are collected, statistical and data analysis skills are required. Statisticians develop mathematical models for uncertainty and apply them to real data. Statistical models allow us to learn about the underlying processes which give rise to the data. The power of modern computing continues to have a major impact on both the development and…

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