Stage 1

  • History of Philosophy (Ancient/Medieval)
  • Introduction to Literary Forms

  • History I (Ireland to 1500)
  • Introduction to Theology

Elective Modules (choose two modules from below)


  • English
    • Creative Writing
    • Introduction to Modern Irish Writing
  • History
    • History II (Europe to 1500)
  • Language Studies
    • Irish/Spanish

  • Philosophy
    • General Ethics
  • Psychology
    • Introduction to Psychology
  • Theology
    • Introduction to Biblical Studies

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Stage 2

Elective Modules (choose 6 from the below)


  1. English Literature: Medieval to Renaissance
  2. English Literature: The Birth of Narratives


  1. History I (Ireland to 1500 - 2000) 
  2. History II (Europe to 1500 - 2000)


  • Philosophy
    • Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
    • Social Ethics
  • Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
  • Theatre
    • Drama and Performance
  • Theology
    • Christology
    • Church and Sacraments
    • Prophets and Synoptics
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Stage 3

Elective Modules (choose 6 from the below)


  1. English Literature: Romanticism and the Gothic
  2. 19th Century Literature: The Victorians
  3. Irish Studies: 19th Century Ireland and the Literature of the Troubles
  4. Existentialist Literature


  1. History Project
  2. Revolutions of the Transatlantic World, 1715 - 1815
  3. Women and the Church in Medieval and Early Modern Europe


  • Philosophy
    • Political Philosophy
    • History of Feminist Political Thought
  • Psychology
    • Social Psychology
  • Communications
  • Theology
    • Moral Theology
    • World Religions
    • Religion, Conflict and Peace
    • Catechetics and Placement
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Stage 4

  • Seminar and Dissertation


Elective Modules (choose five modules from below)


  • English
    • Modernism to Post-Modernism
    • World Literatures
    • Irish Studies: Anglo-Irish Revival / Gender and Society in 20th Century Ireland
  • History
    • Ireland in the Age of Revolution, 1891 - 1923
    • Nazi Germany, World War II and the European Jews
  • Media
    • Media Studies

  • Philosophy
    • Philosophy (Critical Theory)
    • Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Theory
    • Philosophy (Humans and other Animals)
    • Philosophical and Psychological Approaches to Drama
  • Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
  • Theology
    • Triune God
    • Scripture (Pauline and Johannine)
    • Catechetics and Placement

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Course Information

Programme Code: PC410

Duration: 4 Years

Level: 8


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