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Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) Dublin City University



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Having established a record of excellence in undergraduate education the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is offering a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) Degree.

This degree draws on existing DCU strengths while giving you the choice of what you want to study from a unique range of subjects. Students also have the option to take a year abroad (year abroad students complete the degree over four years). You will acquire a critical perspective on areas central to contemporary society, including law, politics and the media. You can also complement this knowledge by developing a high competence in a foreign language or Irish.

Each subject area of the Bachelor of Arts will provide you with an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular academic discipline. This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers while also providing a solid foundation for further study at postgraduate level.

English: You will engage with a wide range of literature and become familiar with the vital characteristics and contexts of drama, poetry, film and fiction.

Gaeilge: You will learn about Irish culture and tradition as well as developing your practical language skills.

Geography: You will examine human activity, human-environment relations and physical environments at a variety of scales, from the local through to the global.

History: You will explore how human beings behave grounded on a close examination of what they have done in all spheres of the world.

Human Development: (This subject is only offered on DC009) you will develop an understanding of human needs and capacities at crucial stages of the development process through your studies of Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy.

International Languages [French, German, and Spanish - Intermediate Level ONLY]: You will acquire proficiency in your chosen language and learn about culture, film, literary traditions and intercultural business communication.

Law: You will learn about constitutional and criminal law, about property and European law and the law of evidence.

Mathematics: (This subject is only offered on DC009) you will develop specialist knowledge, versatile problem solving skills and the ability to think critically and independently.

Media Studies: You will learn about communication theory, the history of the media, film theory and press and public relations.

Music: (This subject is only offered on DC009) you will gain knowledge and understanding of classical, traditional, popular and other music styles.

Politics: You will learn about the Irish, European and American political systems, international relations and the politics of the United Nations.

Theology and Religious Studies: You will critically engage with questions, closely analyze ancient and modern texts and develop insights into cultural and religious diversity.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours).

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

€15,000.00 (13,29,996) per year

Student Contribution: €3,043 / Annum

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution


Sep-21, Jan-22


Dublin City University

Glasnevin Campus,



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirement for international students

You can directly enter Year 1 if you have studied in one of the following:

  • GCSE A levels - you must have 4 A levels or 3 A levels + 1 AS level in different subjects from the same year or preceding year only;
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
  • Or have an equivalent qualification.

In the case of all applications, evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English language. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to undergraduate programmes in DCU.

  • Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D3
  • GCE A-Level English Language: Grade D
  • IELTS: Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component
  • TOEFL: 237 (computer-based), 580 (paper-based test)
  • TOEFL iBT: Total Score of 92
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP): C1
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 63 (with a minimum of 59 in all components)

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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