Music: Another string to your bow
With the diverse range of modules on offer, you can gain experience in a variety of subjects, including: musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and performance. And when class finishes, there’s so much more on offer. Get involved in the UCD symphony orchestra, the choir; attend recitals, workshops and open mic nights. Immerse yourself in the culture and enjoy the experience.
Geography: A deeper understanding of our environment
The popularity of geography is largely due to its relevance to important global, national and local issues such as: climate change, inequality, migration, urbanization and hazard management. Our lecturers don’t just scratch the surface. They get to the root of these issues, and as a result, students go on to excel in varied careers and contribute effectively to solving some of the most pressing problems of our time.
Psychology: Seeing the world from a different perspective.
Through subjects such as Perception & Cognition, Brain & Behaviour and Social Psychology, you will gain a better understanding of how we come to see the world and each other. In second year, students carry out a series of experiments, including the use of eye-tracking machinery to study visual perception and eye movements. This is used in ongoing research in sports psychology and human perception. A psychology degree at UCD opens up a world of understanding for students with a questioning attitude and good reasoning skills.
Irish Folklore: Ancient fires to modern customs.
Folklore is the study of everyday life, old and new, from the cradle to the grave. We’ve all inherited folklore in various ways: through games, music and stories passed down through the generations. And these traditions don’t just apply to home. Oíche Samhna, or Halloween, with its focus on bonfires, ghosts and gatherings, has gradually become part of the Irish and global collective culture. Irish Folklore is a subject that will enrich your cultural understanding, both as part of your studies and long after you leave.
English: Where the finest wordsmiths start their first chapter
UCD is part of a grand Irish and worldwide tradition of literature. Some of the finest Irish writers have studied here. Names like James Joyce, Roddy Doyle and Maeve Binchy, to name a few. The study of English at UCD helps students to strengthen their understanding of narrative, poetic and dramatic forms and enlarge their critical vocabulary and historical awareness. Students will engage with an increasingly expansive range of literature, from coming-of-age fiction to Shakespeare and everything in between.
Sociology: Who are you listening to?
Sociology examines people’s behaviour in society. In his first year module, Prof. Tom Inglis highlights the focus on transformations in Irish culture through globalisation. He asks ‘do the media help us reflect critically about these transformations and in this respect, have they replaced the Catholic Church as the conscience of Irish Society?’ It’s an interesting question; and it’s one of many stimulating arguments that students will debate while studying sociology at UCD.