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Studying an Arts degree at UCD gives you access to Ireland’s broadest range of arts and humanities options. For students who know and love subjects such as English, History or Economics, world-class academics lead classes that will inspire and surprise. For people wishing to explore new areas, subjects like Archaeology, Psychology or Philosophy show new ways of thinking.

For all UCD Arts graduates, in-depth subject knowledge combined with vital skills in creativity, analysis and communication open up career prospects in Ireland and overseas. There are two ways to study Arts subjects at UCD. The Joint Honours degree allows you to specialise in two subjects, though you can study up to four in first year. A single subject honours degree is also available in some subjects, allowing in-depth study of that area.
Internationally recognised as a top-quality degree from a world-class university taught by academics at the top of their field

The path chosen by so many of today's leaders in business, administration, the arts and the media at home and abroad

Obtain important life and employment skills such as critical thinking and analysis and learn how to be adaptable and flexible in a changing business world

Opens doors to a huge array of careers including media and publishing, education, heritage management, community development, business, international trade and diplomacy and government

Valued by employers at home and abroad for the quality of its graduates

Great subject choice and opportunities to tailor-make your degree

Develop lifelong interests in your subject areas and be inspired by internationally recognised academics.
UCD is building an environment that will support researchers across a broad spectrum of disciplines and that encourages collaborative research. Several research institutes and centres have been established to provide state-of-the-art resources and a critical mass of academics, including
  • Applied Language Centre
  • Mícheál Ó' Cléirigh Institute for the Study of Irish History and Culture
  • The Clinton Institute for American Studies
  • Humanities Institute of Ireland
  • UCD John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies
  • The Irish Institute for Chinese Studies
  • Among our accomplished alumni of UCD Arts are:
  • Maeve Binchy, Author
  • John Bruton, Former Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland)
  • John A Costello, Former Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland)
  • Sile de Valera, Harvard Research Fellow
  • Dr Garret Fitzgerald, Former Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland)
  • Dr Patrick Honohan, Governor, Central Bank of Ireland
  • Neil Jordan, Film-maker
  • James Joyce, Author
  • Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Denis O'Brien, Entrepreneur
  • Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, Former President of Ireland
  • Nuala O'Faolain, Author