Study History at UCD

This year UCD School of History has again made places on a number of its courses available to the public through the Open Learning programme.

Open and Lifelong Learning at UCD

Open Learning is an innovative and unique approach to part-time study in UCD. You can choose from a wide range of undergraduate modules for audit or credit. There are no entry requirements to the programme – you just need to find a module or modules that interest you and register!

The School of History at UCD is a vibrant, welcoming centre for the study of history and the perfect environment for anyone who has a love of history. The range and stimulating nature of the curriculum covers both Irish and non-Irish history, from the dawn of the medieval era to the contemporary world.

Our modules – all taught by experts in their field who bring their new research to the classroom – create the opportunity to explore the past. Sometimes this can mean looking afresh at what might appear to be familiar subjects and on other occasions it means investigating entirely new areas of study. It is this willingness to embrace new ideas and new approaches that makes the School of History at UCD one of the top 100 history departments in the world (QS).

This year UCD School of History has Open Learning places available across a wide range of courses. See below for more information on Lifelong Learning modules at the National Library and dlr Lexicon. If you are unsure of something or have any further questions please get in touch with UCD Access and Lifelong Learning either by calling 01 716 7123 or emailing

Open Learning in 2020

In January 2020, the School of History will be offering the following Open Learning modules:

Trimester II (January to May)

Those who register for Open Learning modules will receive a UCD student card and have access to all UCD facilities including the James Joyce Library. For registration and fee details go to, call 01 7167123 or email:


Lifelong Learning at the NLI and dlr Lexicon

UCD also offers Lifelong Learning courses in history in partnership with the National Library of Ireland and dlr Lexicon in Dún Laoghaire. Lifelong Learning courses are part-time specific interest courses that are participative, engaging and facilitated by experts in their field. The courses are open to all and provide a chance to explore a subject without concerns about assessment. The Lifelong Learning courses for Spring 2020 include:

Click here for more information on the Lifelong Learning history courses.