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NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Bachelor of Arts - LM002

Course code:
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry)
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr James Carr
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 213578

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

English can be taken as part of the UL Arts Degree as a joint honours combination. Review the subjects you can study with English by looking at the table at the end of this section.

About You

Above all else, you love to read: novels, poetry, non-fiction, drama, magazines. You want to give yourself the opportunity to read great books and to learn more about the English language. You want to engage with the writings that have helped us to understand ourselves and the world that we live in. You want to know more about culture, in the broadest sense. You love film and music; and you want to understand how these art forms relate to fiction, drama, and poetry. You love to write, and you want to express yourself as eloquently and effectively as possible. You are open to new ideas, and to the power of words and images to inform, influence, and convince.

Why Study English at UL?

The English programme at UL will enable you to develop critical and analytical skills through an appreciation of the English language and its literature, as well as through the study of the social, cultural, and historical contexts in which that literature was produced. You will learn about literary analysis and literary history from the 16th century to the contemporary world. You can choose electives to suit your own interests, in Irish, British, American, and World literatures, and in women’s writing.

What You Will Study

English at UL has four main components that run throughout the four years of the programme:

  • Literary analysis and theory, critical practice.
  • Historical schools/eras in literature (e.g. Renaissance Literature; Augustan and Romantic Literature; Victorian Texts and Contexts; Literary Modernism and Postmodernism);
  • Specialist electives in Irish Literature (e.g. Gothic Literature in Ireland, Irish Literary Revolutions 1880-1930; Irish Literature 1930-1990; Study of a Major Irish Author; Contemporary Irish Literature);
  • Specialist electives in Creative Writing and in World Literatures (e.g. American Literature; Contemporary African Literature; Postcolonial/Postcolonial Literature in English; Contemporary Women’s Writing).

Students studying Early Modern Poetry and Plays in year 1 learn about Shakespeare's work as well as theatre and performance history; here, drama students perform extracts of Shakespeare's plays, helping them to understand performance and theatrical conditions in the late sixteenth-century.


English Pathway Joint Honours

Modules are subject to change

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2
EH4141 English Literature 1: Novels and Short Fiction EH4022 English Literature 2: Early Modern Poetry and Plays
Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4
EH4003 Introduction to Literary Theory   Cooperative Education Placement
  Students Select 1:    
EH4053 Augustan and Romantic Literature    
EH4023 The New World: American Literature to 1890    
EH4043 Irish Literary Revolutions 1880-1930    
EH4121 Gothic Literature in Ireland    
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6
  External Academic Placement EH4006 Victorian Texts and Contexts
      Students Select 1:
    EH4016 State of the Union: American Literature since 1890
    EH4026 Colonial/Postcolonial Literature in English
    EH4036 Irish Literature 1930-1990
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8
EH4007 Literary Modernism   Students Select 2:
  Students select 1: EH4018 Contemporary Irish Literature
EH4028 Study of the Major Irish Author EH4026 Colonial/Postcolonial Literature in English
EH4017 Contemporary African Literature in English EH4038 Study of a Major Author
EH4027 Contemporary Women's Writing EH4008 British Literature 1945-Present Day
EH4037 Introduction to Creative Writing EH4125 Feminist Theory and Literary Texts


Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics also for those studying Economics or Mathematics.

For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.

Applications are especially welcome from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.

Careers open to you with a degree in English include;

  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • English Teacher (Professional Master of Education required)
  • Communications and public relations
  • Media production, media research
  • Publishing and Advertising
  • Research and teaching at third level
  • Development and research in voluntary organisations


Follow-On Study

  • MA Creative Writing
  • MA English
  • MA Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies
  • MA Gender, Culture and Society
  • MA Journalism 
  • MA TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages)
  • MA Technical Communication and E-learning

Kieran Fitzpatrick

I chose to study here at UL as it seemed to have the widest range of positive attributes over some of the other third level institutions in the country: a beautiful campus, great sports facilities and a good standard of academic teaching.

I’ve had an interest in English and History from an early age and I wasn’t prepared to give up one for the other. The course is very reading intensive, which for me, is great; prospective students should bear this in mind.

In studying this course, I enjoy the fact that I’ve been given the opportunities to think critically about the world in which we live. It has allowed me to become a much more analytical person and, I believe, a more well-rounded member of society.

For me, UL has a very personable atmosphere about it. There’s a real sense of community here and I know that I’ve forged some friendships that will last long after we’ve all left the campus boundaries.

 For my Co-Op placement, I worked under the guidance of a member of the History Department as a Research Assistant. As part of my placement, I got the opportunity to travel all over the country and, as a result, decided to pursue a career in academia.