BA (Hons) History

University College Dublin

Course Overview

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.

Humans live through their stories. Studying History is the best way of making sense of our own stories and experiences. The School of History is the leading center for historical research in Ireland and will open possibilities to a career working with history across a wide range of careers and industries.

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

Students can study at partner institutions across Europe, North America, and Australia. An increasing number of European partners offer some courses through English, though we recommend that students take the opportunity when studying abroad to develop their language skills.

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

  • You will study Irish, European, and World History from the Middle Ages to the present.
  • Assessment for History modules is a mix of coursework, essays, learning journals, exams and presentations. In the final year, research papers make up the core of assessment.
  • You will explore questions and problems, and develop your critical thinking skills and your ability to express your ideas and arguments.
  • In second year, you begin to specialize in the areas of History that you are most interested in, focusing on particular countries, themes, and periods.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

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

History students acquire key transferable skills that are attractive to a wide range of employers. These skills include critical thinking, creativity, writing, and researching. Recent graduates work in organisations such as RTE, the National Museum, Google, Dail Eireann, Government Departments, and the EU Commission.
• Digital Reporter
• Senior Civil Servant
• Diplomat
• Market Researcher
• Archivist
• Project Manager
• Museum Curator
• Teacher
• Legal Researcher
• Legal Investigator
• Policy Analyst
• Web Editor
• TV Producer
• Media Coordinator