BA (Hons) English, European & World Literature

University College Dublin

Course Overview

This programme develops a comparative understanding and a questioning of the literary and intellectual legacies of European languages, including English.

You will examine literature in their historical context, analyzing the artistic and literary movements that shaped European society. You will also look at the ways in which these languages and literature have migrated and evolved across the world, and assess the role of literature in encoding and challenging cultural identities in transnational contexts.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Dublin City

What is the length of the course?

4 Years Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Exchange partners include universities in: Paris, Lyons, Bordeaux, Rouen, Rennes, Angers, Besançon, Geneva, Brussels, Montreal, Salamanca, Bilbao, Seville, Zaragoza, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, Vienna, Rome, Milan, Trento and Urbino.

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 19,900 p.a.

Living Costs per year

€ 12,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • Students will read English and one of the modern languages: French, Spanish, Italian or German.
  • The third year is spent abroad in either, depending on the language of study. Students will continue their study of English literature.
  • All European language modules focus on the texts written in the original language.
  • Specialized option literature and culture modules in English and one of French, Spanish, Italian or German. Language proficiency modules in French, Spanish, Italian or German in the fourth year.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements


  • Example of high school qualifications that are considered for Year 1 entry are as follows:
    A-Level, IB Diploma, US Diploma, SAT, ACT, AP, ILC, HKDSE, STPM, CBSE, CISCE, ATAR, CAPE and NCEA.
  • If you have a different high school qualification you may have to apply for a foundation programme.


  • Students who do not meet entry requirements for Year 1 can apply for a foundation programme at most universities. Contact our counsellors for further details and advice on a suitable course for you.

English Requirements

• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.

  1. A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
  2. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.

• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110. An interview may be required in conjunction with this.

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects

• International relations
• Education
• Translation and interpreting
• Journalism and media
• Tourism
• Careers in the EU
• Publishing
• Law
• Academia and research
• Arts administration
• Heritage management.
• Public administration.