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Are you passionate about the Humanities? Unlock your potential by studying subjects that get at the essence of humanity, our history, our philosophy, the great works of literature we have produced, the psychology of the individual, and how we group together in society.

This Bachelor of Arts offers you the attractive opportunity to obtain a DCU undergraduate degree through online distance learning, which is more open and flexible than if you registered for a full-time, or part-time, campus-based programme. You can explore a wide breadth of Humanities subject areas, while also specialising in at least one of the subject areas you find most rewarding

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The DCU Bachelor of Arts in Humanities is a Level 8 honours degree programme. Students undertaking this degree choose between studying a selection of modules in History, Literature, Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology.


Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in a Humanities discipline, for example Literature or Sociology, or are seeking a broad-based undergraduate education the DCU Bachelor of Arts (Honours - Level 8) in Humanities provides you with the means to achieve your goals. The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities has been designed specifically to appeal to a variety of student needs and interests. This degree programme's strength lies in its flexibility, in terms of time, place and pace. Students can choose to explore a wide breadth of Humanities subject areas, while also specialising in at least one of the subject areas they find most intellectually rewarding.


Course Structure:

As a student on this degree programme you may choose to study from a range of modules in the following five Humanities subject areas:


Each of these subject areas is presented as a suite of six modules, which cover different aspects of that subject, for example Social and Organisational Psychology in Psychology or The Renaissance in Literature. To complete the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities you need to successfully complete twelve modules, with at least five modules from one subject area. Students may elect to exit with a Diploma in Humanities on successful completion of eight modules.


The programme team reviews and updates the course annually,  there may be changes to the structure, content and presentation of the programme in future years.


Each module is awarded 15 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit points. These points accumulate towards your award of degree. 180 ECTS credit points are required for the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities and 120 ECTS credit points are required for the Diploma in Humanities.


How long does it take to complete the Course?

The modular structure of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities programme gives great choice and flexibility in the workload you can undertake each year. You can take from one to four modules per year. It is possible to complete your degree in a minimum of three years, however, this would be a 'full-time' studying commitment. The diploma can be completed in a minimum of two years with a similar commitment. The greater the number of modules successfully completed each year, the quicker you obtain your degree. The number of modules you undertake each year will depend on your individual circumstances. If you are returning to study after a long absence, and/or you are in full-time employment it is recommended that you should not take more than two modules in your first year. The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities must be completed within an eight-year registration period.

This programme offers students great flexibility in that they can vary the number of modules they register for in a given year to match the other responsibilities in their life. Given that registering for a module means committing to the workload associated with that module this flexibility allows a student to only take on the work they can accommodate in a given year. When deciding how much work to take on students should consider the time needed to: study learning materials; actively participate in tutorials; and the time they need to set aside to interact with tutors and other students in the online discussion forums. Students on this programme also have a good degree of flexibility in terms of time, place and pace of studying as they do not have to attend campus-based classes on a regular basis.

At the beginning of the academic year, students are provided with access to a suite of self-study learning materials and resources, along with reading lists for required textbooks. Studying Literature, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology necessarily involves spending a lot of time reading academic material.

Technology and Online Skills Requirements:

Your learning experience as a DCU Connected student is enhanced through the use of learning technology and rich digital media. We understand that students will have varying degrees of technical experience and ability when they begin their studies. Due to the key role technology will play in your studies you should be ready to engage with relevant technologies to a minimum level when you begin your studies. That is, you should be familiar with using email, browsing the Internet, downloading files, and using the word processing package Microsoft Word. when you begin your studies you will then further develop your skills with using technology in your studies. Becoming more confident in the use of technology, as you study, will then help you succeed as an online distance learner.

You can find detailed information on the necessary equipment and skills required for DCU Connected students under the section 'Technology Requirements'.


“Graduating from DCU with a first class honours degree has been an incredible achievement for me in many ways and has opened up a world of possibilities. It allowed me to publish my first paper in the Student Psychology Journal, and it has granted me the Humanities Student Achievement Award. My experience with DCU Connected has significantly enhanced a self confidence in my academic ability and, additionally, it has activated a deep desire to continue on this educational path to pursue a Master’s degree in teach and learning. DCU Connected opened the door to all of this for me.”

Patrice Brennan, BA Graduate

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities programme facilitates those interested in pursuing any kind of work that requires critical thinking skills, high quality written expression, and transferable skills such as organisation and time-management, and these skills and abilities are highly valued by employers.

The knowledge and skills you will develop are useful and valuable to have no matter what path you take once you successfully complete your DCU degree programme.

As it is a broad undergraduate degree, graduates from the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities have gone on to a variety of postgraduate programmes and careers. For example, one student has gone on to complete postgraduate studies in Literature and is now a published author working in an Irish University and is a member of the programme board of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities, helping to shape the development of the degree. Similarly, several graduates of the programme have, in addition to their other work as third-level academics in other institutions, returned to work as tutors, bringing their experience as online-learning students to that work.

Many of those studying on the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities do so with the ambition of becoming a post-primary teacher, with the Literature, History and Sociology, modules being recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the (post-primary level) teaching of English, History and CSPE respectively. The curricular requirements for the new Leaving Certificate subject Politics and Society are currently being written by the Teaching Council and 60 ECTs of Politics or Sociology are likely to be required.



General Entry Requirements

Applicants aged over 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry are eligible for admission to the programme and are automatically granted a place subject to submission of an online application.

Applicants under 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry must satisfy the normal minimum degree entry requirements of Dublin City University which are detailed here: In addition, applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.



Full time

EU Status Fee
€900 per mod
Non EU Fee
€1,288 per mod

Next Steps

Make an Application

Applications for entry to this course are now closed.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities (Code: DC341).

You can email us with any questions to: or telephone us directly on 01 700 5481 for further assistance.

Recognition of Prior Learning:

The BA programme allows for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). There are two types of exemptions offered, specific and non-specific.

Applicants can apply for a `Specific' exemption if they have covered the full content of a module Open Education offer, to successful completion, in another programme, at a similar award level.

Where applicants have completed studies in a subject area not covered in the Open Education programme, yet at a similar award level, they may apply for a `Non-specific' exemption. Non-specific exemptions simply reduce the number of foundation modules a student is required to complete in order to be eligible for the award of diploma/degree. They do not relate to any foundation module in particular.

Please note that a student may not present the same ECTS credits as qualification for more than one DCU award. Similarly, a student may not claim an exemption for ECTS credits towards one award that have already been presented as qualification for another award elsewhere at a similar award level.

Please note that applicants will not obtain exemptions on the basis of work experience only.

A maximum exemption total of 60 credits (four modules, normally a maximum of two in each of the above categories) may be awarded to applicants with appropriate prior qualifications.

Please see the Exemption Form for more details.

Those interested in applying for exemptions should firstly apply for the BA programme. Exemption Application forms are available to all applicants upon request or you can download them from the Programme Forms section of our website, under Open Education.


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Important Dates:

Study Period: September to May.