Humanities - Arts
DC009

Arts: Joint Honours (Humanities)

Course Details

CAO Code:
DC009
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
- Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Delivery Mode:
Minimum Points
389
Duration
3 or 4 Years
Phone:
+353 (0) 1

Overview

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At registration, choose from a range of Arts subjects for a degree with multifaceted perspectives. You’ll examine areas central to contemporary society, including tradition, culture, world religions, theology, law, politics, communication, human-environment relations, and human behavior.

You’ll graduate with an honours degree in Humanities (DC009), this course is described in more detail in the About this Course tab above.

You’ll have the option to take a year abroad, extending your degree to four years and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) International.

Internship Year You can opt to apply for a year-long INTRA work placement in Year Three. This will give you a unique opportunity to enhance your CV, increase your employability and experience the relevance of your study in the real world. This option is competitive and subject to the availability of placements. For more information on the INTRA programme at DCU, please visit www.dcu.ie/intra

This programme will prepare you for a variety of careers and also provides a foundation for postgraduate study.

 

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Careers & Further Options

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Careers

Graduates in the Bachelor of Arts: Joint Honours (Humanities) degree gain excellent critical, analytical and communication skills in high demand for current workplaces. The range of combinations of subjects on offer within this degree open many employment opportunities in different public and private sectors such as education, national and international organisations, the arts, community development, language services and environmental agencies, among many others. In addition, the Bachelor of Arts: Joint Honours (Humanities) programme enables graduates with the skills to pursue postgraduate studies and engage in research careers.

Career Areas: 
  • Community Development
  • Education & Adult Education
  • Policy evaluation
  • Public Relations
  • Creative Writing
  • Publishing
  • Politics
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Government
  • Research
  • Tourism
  • Environmental Consultancy
  • Language Promotion and Translation
  • Housing policy
  • Diplomatic service
  • Arts organisations and administration
  • Primary, Postprimary and instrumental/vocal teaching 
  • Performing/conducting 
  • Social justice and human rights bodies
  • Regional development
  • Historian
  • Museum and Heritage Sector 
  • Archivist
  • Regional Development and Urban Planning

 

Entry Requirements

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Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts: Joint Honours (Humanities) (DC009) programme.

If you have any questions about Music on the BA Joint Honours programme, please contact Dr Barbara Dignam: barbara.dignam@dcu.ie.  

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Gaeilge: Minimum of O1 or H4 in Irish 

Music: Entry to Music is subject to a pre-registration assessment to indicate
suitability for the course. Dates and details for such assessment will be
communicated on our website.

English: No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

Human Development: No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

Philosophy: No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

Geography: No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

History: No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

World Religions and Theology: No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Gaeilge GCE A Level C or GCE AS Level B or GCSE A in Irish

Music: Entry to Music is subject to a pre-registration assessment to indicate
suitability for the course. Dates and details for such assessment will be
communicated on our website.

English: No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

Human Development: No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

Philosophy: No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

Geography: No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

History: No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

World Religions and Theology: No additional requirements (general entry requirements only*)

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

 

   

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. 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. For further information on international applications click here.

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied in a relevant area.  Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

Course Structure

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Humanities (DC009)

At registration, choose two from the following list of subjects:

  • Up to two permitted from English and Gaeilge 
  • Only one permitted from Human Development | Philosophy
  • Only one permitted from History | Music
  • Only one permitted from Geography | World Religions and Theology 

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

Gaeilge/Irish: You’ll learn about Irish culture and tradition as well as developing your practical language skills. Learn more about Gaeilge

Human Development: You’ll develop an understanding of human needs and capacities at crucial stages of the development process through your studies of Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy.

History: You’ll explore how human beings behave grounded on a close examination of how they have behaved in the past in all spheres of the world but with a particular emphasis on Ireland.

Music: You'll develop your musicality and deepen your understanding of music including classical, traditional, popular and other music styles drawing on a range of practical, analytical and critical approaches.

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

Philosophy: You will critically engage with a range of questions about issues such as truth, beauty, value, knowledge, and the nature of reality. In doing so, you will develop enhanced skills in clear analysis and rigorous argumentation.

World Religions and Theology: You'll critically engage with the big questions about life in order to understand the historical and contemporary significance of religious faith agus contemporary ethical dilemmas.


For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Fees

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,500 per annum

How To Apply

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Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Music Subject: Entry to Music is subject to a pre-registration assessment to indicate
suitability for the course. Dates and details for such assessment will be
communicated on our website.

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU:

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Music Subject: Entry to Music is subject to a pre-registration assessment to indicate
suitability for the course. Dates and details for such assessment will be
communicated on our website.

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures click here

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied in a relevant area.  Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

Life On Campus

Life on Campus

At DCU, our students can expect a unique campus experience. We are known for our excellent teaching and learning facilities, our active clubs and societies, and our great social and sporting facilities. All this makes DCU an exciting place to be. 

DCU has three academic campuses; Glasnevin, St. Patrick’s and All Hallows (both in Drumcondra), all close to Dublin City centre. 

They can be reached by public transport, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann, with our Drumcondra campuses a ten minute walk from Drumcondra Train Station. Glasnevin is a 20 minute walk from St Patrick’s and All Hallows. They are also linked by Dublin Bus.

Each campus has a library (O’Reilly, Cregan and Woodlock Hall), study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. There are sports facilities on Glasnevin and St. Patrick’s, and there is a dedicated sports campus, St Claire’s, located near Glasnevin on the Ballymun Road.

DCU’s 19,000 students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, a new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of Languages, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Biotechnology, as well as a Sports Performance centre and a training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

We continue to improve and update our facilities. For example, construction of a new world-class STEM facility is underway on the Glasnevin campus. With capacity for an extra 3,000 STEM students, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines.

Studying in DCU isn’t just about course work. The university is rich in student life and activities.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year. They span everything from rugby to rock climbing, anime to jazz.

For many students, sport is an important part of the DCU experience. DCU’s Sports Complex boasts a 25 metre swimming pool, fitness centre gym, all-weather pitches and squash courts, as well as soccer, GAA and rugby pitches. DCU Dóchas Éireann, the university’s GAA club, is the largest third level Gaelic Games club in the country. Meanwhile, DCU Athletics has been Ireland’s highest achieving university club for many years. And DCU has dozens of other clubs to get involved in, from Archery to Weightlifting. 

The Glasnevin campus is home to our purpose built, state-of-the-art student centre, The U, which serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body. Here, you will find the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub. Also located on our Glasnevin campus is The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

On our St Patrick’s campus, we have the Java Student Hub, a vibrant, warm and welcoming space where students can meet for coffee, play music, use the projector to watch events, or just relax. The walls of the Java Hub were designed based on the cultural history of St Patrick’s Campus, including the special references to the notable sporting history and history of the arts.

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre - Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning - facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

DCU Campus Glasnevin

FAQs

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Is DCU all one campus?

 DCU is a multi campus university - the Glasnevin, St Patrick's and All Hallows campuses. The St Patrick's campus is where the Education courses are taught and some of the subjects from the BA Joint Honours degree. There is a 20-25 minute walk between the campuses but there are buses and bikes available to go between them also.

Click here to see maps of all of our campuses

 

If I'm studying on the St Patrick's campus, can I use the library and sports centre on the Glasnevin campus?

Yes, all facilities such as sports and accommodation are open for all DCU students to avail of. 

 

Are there libraries in DCU and if they have wifi and work stations?

We have a brand new state of the art four floor library on our St. Patrick's Campus which complements the existing library on the Glasnevin campus. There is free wifi, work stations as well as desktop computers. 

 

Does DCU provide accommodation?

DCU does have on-campus accommodation for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and you can find out more and apply via the Accommodation Office webpage.