School of Communications

Arts: Joint Honours (Humanities)

Humanities - Arts
CAO Code:
DC009
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Delivery Mode:
Full-time
Minimum Points
356
Duration
3 or 4 Years
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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.

 

It's been an amazing experience to study Music and Human Development on the BAJH programme. The courses are so varied and really complement each other in ways that I never expected. The music faculty feels like a big family and the support there throughout my degree was brilliant.

Human Development is such a broad-ranging subject that gave plenty of opportunity to really engage with and challenge my own views and perceptions of the world. I've learnt so much and it's amazing to be able to look back on my time here and see how far I've come - Katie Archer, Bachelor of Arts: Joint Honours (Human Development and Music)

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.

Be part of a close-knit academic and social community
Diverse choice of subjects
Internationally recognised lecturers in their area of expertise
Become an independent and creative thinker
Opportunity to study abroad at one of our international partner institutions
Graduate with in-depth knowledge of your chosen subjects and a range of transferable skills
View the current course structure

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U.  The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and Socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUfm. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

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.

Student Supports

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.

Katie Archer, Bachelor of Arts: Joint Honours (Human Development and Music)

It's been an amazing experience to study Music and Human Development on the BAJH programme. The courses are so varied and really complement each other in ways that I never expected. The music faculty feels like a big family and the support there throughout my degree was brilliant.

Human Development is such a broad-ranging subject that gave plenty of opportunity to really engage with and challenge my own views and perceptions of the world. I've learnt so much and it's amazing to be able to look back on my time here and see how far I've come - Katie Archer, Bachelor of Arts: Joint Honours (Human Development and Music)

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

 

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

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.  

Leaving Cert

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: For Entry 2022, the aural/theory test has been waived. All applicants who have applied through the CAO for this programme will be deemed eligible to compete for a place on the programme to choose Music on the programme, subject to meeting the general entry requirements noted above  

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*)

GCE A Level

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: For Entry 2022, the aural/theory test has been waived. All applicants who have applied through the CAO for this programme will be deemed eligible to compete for a place on the programme to choose Music on the programme, subject to meeting the general entry requirements noted above  

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*)

FET Level 5

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. 

Music: For Entry 2022, the aural/theory test has been waived. All applicants who have applied through the CAO for this programme will be deemed eligible to compete for a place on the programme to choose Music on the programme, subject to meeting the general entry requirements noted above  

   

EU Transfer Applications

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.

International Applications

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.

Fees

Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

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

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

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

Music Subject: Please note due to Covid there will be no music theory/aural test for this programme for 2021 entry. All applicants who have applied through the CAO for this programme will be eligible to compete for a place on the programme and to choose Music, subject to meeting the general entry requirements.

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

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: Please note due to Covid there will be no music theory/aural test for this programme for 2021 entry. All applicants who have applied through the CAO for this programme will be eligible to compete for a place on the programme and to choose Music, subject to meeting the general entry requirements.

EU Transfer Applicants

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

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at cao.ie