English BA (Hons)

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Course Code: CK109

Course Title: English

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences


Duration: 3 or 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BA (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

2017 Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Entry Points: 2017: 420


Do you enjoy discussing books, films, 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, writing and listening, how to balance different arguments. You will get practice at clear and persuasive writing and at teamwork, presentations, and 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.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules:

The course offers a varied and stimulating introduction to literature and culture in the English language, and includes the study of film, drama and theatre. You will be introduced to a range of writing in various genres while gaining a solid historical foundation in the study of literature.

EN1002 Literature and Society:  Medieval to Renaissance (5 credits);  

EN1003 Introduction to Modern Literature:  Romantics to Contemporary (5 credits);

EN1004 Theories:  Literature, Film, Drama & Theatre Studies (5 credits);

EN1101 Contexts: The Production and Reception of Literature and Film (5 credits);

EN1103 Problems in Literature and Film, (10 credits) 

In addition students choose two subjects from the list below, with no more than one from each group.

Year 2 Modules:


Critical Skills Seminars;  Old English Language;  Special Topics in Creative Practice


Creative Writing;  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 Modules:


Special Studies Seminars;  Dissertation


Creative Writing;  Of Monsters and Men: Old & 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 Modernism;  Contemporary Theatre;  Studies in Shakespeare;  Modernism

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

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

2017:  H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Mature students: Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and must sit the MSAP exam.  Approximately 10 places are available for mature students.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Course Practicalities

The BA in English will 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 very important in an English degree: 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.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment.

English modules are assessed by a mix of essays and examinations. Individual and group presentations and seminar contributions are also assessed: these are important for developing not only your ideas but also your skills in oral and written expression.

Lecture modules in Years 2 and 3 are assessed using a mixture of continuous assessment and formal examinations. In both years you will also take specialist seminars, where the assessment rewards participation, individual research, oral presentation and written work.

Who Teaches This Course

UCC School of English has a distinguished faculty of teachers and researchers, who are committed to providing excellent, research-led teaching and to helping you to become effective university learners and skilled graduates.


Further Contact Information

Dr. Clíona Ó Gallchoir

T: +353 (0)21 490 3290


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