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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. Chris McInerney
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 213578
Tel: 00 353 61 202015

French can be taken as part of the UL Arts Degree as a joint honours combination. Review the subjects you can study with French by looking at the table on the BA Arts course page.

About You

You have an existing basis in the French language and a curiosity to learn more about the socially diverse and culturally rich French-language world. You are interested in both language learning and in how the effective practice of a language depends on an understanding of the cultures and ideas of those who use it.

Uniquely, you wish to engage with other cultures and a specific international language: French. In doing so, you will experience social media, novels, poetry, non-fiction, ideas and systems of values and thought. You wish to tackle French and Francophone writings that have helped us to understand people and the world that we share.

Why Study French at UL?

French is offered in the University of Limerick at advanced level, and our objective for students is the achievement of outstanding linguistic and cultural competence over the course of the degree programme. To this end, all French modules are taught through the medium of French, using a full range of appropriate resources and technologies. If you are open to new ideas and experiences, and enthusiastic about extending your own linguistic and intellectual boundaries, a degree with French can be a very rewarding choice.

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What you will study

You will study diverse topics and texts related to the French and Francophone world. The FR41 module suite, beginning in your first semester, integrates language study with the treatment of a range of subject areas including social media, cinema, politics, modern literature and thought, work and business, and translation. The FR46 module suite, starting in semester three for those who continue with French, focuses on a range of literary and cultural topics designed to deepen your experience and competence in the language.

Note: French is available at post leaving certificate level only. Students require a minimum H4 grade in French to study French.

French Joint Honours

Modules are subject to change.

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2
FR4141 French Language & Society 1 FR4142 French Language & Society 2
Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4
FR4143 French Language & Society 3   Cooperative Education Placement
FR4623 French Literature and Culture 3    
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6
  External Academic Placement FR4146 French Language & Society 4
    FR4626 French Literature and Culture 4
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8
FR4147 French Language and Society 5 FR4148 French Language and Society 6
FR4627 French Literature and Culture 5 FR4628 French Literature and Culture 6


Entry requirements

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.

How to apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.


Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€12,178
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website


These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
The Noel Ryan Scholarship
€2,000 per year for 4 years
1 per year

Your future career

Careers open to you with a degree in French include;

  • International Business
  • European and Irish public service
  • Interpreting and Translating
  • Teaching (Professional Master of Education required)
  • Tourism
  • The media and information industry

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