UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - English

About This Course

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Course Outline

Do you enjoy discussing books, films, song, theatre? By studying English you will develop your knowledge and writing skills, and get more from the books and films you love.

UCC School of English has a strong tradition of creativity and independent thinking. Our students learn, by reading and listening, how to balance different arguments. You will get practice at clear and persuasive writing and at effective discussion in seminar situations. You will join a community of learning where you can develop your ideas and knowledge and shape your skills.

The BA in English introduces you to the subject in its fullest sense. You will study English across the centuries and can cover areas such as creative writing, film, drama and theatre. If you're a keen reader and interested in technology, we can help you hone your digital and literary skills with courses on digital media and through technology-enabled learning.


All modules 5 credits unless otherwise stated.

Year 1 Modules:

  • EN1002 Literature and Society: Medieval to Renaissance 
  • EN1003 Introduction to Modern Literature
  • EN1004 Theories: Literature, Film, Drama and Theatre Studies

Year 2 Modules:


Critical Skills Seminar;  Old English Language


The Canterbury Tales;  Seventeenth Century Literature;  Eighteenth Century Literature;  American Cinema;  Romance and Realism;  Nineteenth Century American Literature;  Drama: Medieval and Renaissance;  Women and Literature;  Introduction to Shakespearean Drama;  Inventing Modern Drama;  Colony and Nation:  Irish Literature before 1900

Year 3*/4 Modules:


Critical Skills


Of Monsters and Men: Old and Early English Literature;  European Cinema;   Twentieth-Century American Literature;  Critical Theory;   Romance: Medieval to Renaissance;  Romantic Literature;  Victorian Literature;  Contemporary Irish Writing;  Contemporary Literature and Culture;  The Irish Literary Revival and Irish Modernism;  Contemporary Theatre;  Studies in Shakespeare;  Modernism

*BA International students spend third year studying in an approved foreign university in a country of the student's major language or subject.  They will return to complete their final year in UCC in year 4.

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the  Book of Modules for English for further details on modules.

Course Practicalities

English modules usually involve lectures and class discussions. You may also participate in online discussions, group projects, visit significant cultural sites, or even research manuscripts. Individual study is also important: you will often choose which texts you want to study for major assignments, while learning to articulate what it is about them that interests you. 

Why Choose This Course

The level of commitment, passion & enthusiasm...by the lecturers...ultimately resulted in an enjoyable & memorable learning experience...

Lorna Quinn, BA, English (Arts)

Realise your full potential at university by studying a subject that brings pleasure and reward.

As an English student, you will study literature, language, culture and history, while developing your skills in writing and analysis. You will have the flexibility to learn about what you enjoy most, while also developing valuable skills for a rich variety of career choices.

English at UCC is unique in the depth, breadth and range of the courses on offer. You can study the subject from its earliest beginnings in Old English language and literature right up to cutting-edge developments in critical theory and digital humanities.

Film and drama are both available as part of the course, and you will also have the opportunity to encounter texts from other cultures.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Study abroad: If you are studying through the BA International, you will spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities abroad. We currently have links with universities throughout Europe, USA, Canada, South America and Asia including:

  • University of California
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Konstanz
  • Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • University of Montana
  • Universita Roma Tre
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • University of Salzburg

Work placement: If you study through the BA or the BA International, you will have the opportunity to avail of a work placement in Year 2. You can find out more here.

Skills and Careers Information

English is a flexible and attractive degree and provides a wide range of transferable skills. The courses you will study impart skills that can help you achieve success in such professions as journalism, teaching, publishing, theatre, public relations, public affairs, arts management, marketing, law and information sciences.

Such skills include:

  • the ability to think independently, and to make an effective argument
  • the capacity to gather, investigate and assess research materials
  • an aptitude for organising material in a logical and coherent way
  • the ability to derive conclusions based on research
  • developing a clear and effective writing style: a key foundation for almost all careers.

A degree in English also supports and sustains a lifelong relationship with books and with literature, and equips you to become a critical thinker, an elegant writer and a creative person.



Refer to CK101 and CK108.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page.

Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

Refer to CK101 and CK108. First year students choose Arts subjects when registering.

EU Applicants: The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over): See the CAO Mature Applicants page and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) page for essential information on the application process for mature students.

QQI FET/FETAC Applicants: See our QQI FET/FETAC Applicants page.

Non-EU Applicants: Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page.

All Applicants: Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Please check the College Calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

  • In UCC, we use the terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

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