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Trinity College has the world's oldest tradition of modern language studies, with chairs dating back to 1776...

Welcome to the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies at Trinity College Dublin, placed 42nd in the world and 10th in Europe by the 2014 QS University Rankings by Subject.

Trinity College College has the world's oldest tradition of modern language studies, with chairs dating back to 1776. Today the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies combines the strengths of this tradition in a group of established Departments which between them teach almost a dozen languages at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Students take languages with Trinity's distinctive two-subject degree, or in single-honor courses such as Early & Modern Irish, Irish Studies or the European Studies degree run through the Centre for European Studies. Students may also combine the study of a language with Law, Business Studies or Computer Science and Linguistics. A cluster of innovative taught postgraduate degrees offers a broad range of possibilities, leading to research or to professional practice in areas of language, literature and cultural life. The School's research in literary, language and cultural studies ranges from the medieval to the very contemporary.

The Head of School is Professor Juergen Barkhoff and the School is part of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. For news and contact details, please see below.


New Degree starting September 2017


QS Subject Rankings

Good news - the QS subject rankings for 2015/2016 have just been released. The School has moved up 10 places to 39.

Trinity Week, 11th - 15th April 2016

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is delighted to be hosting this year’s programme of events for Trinity Week. The theme for the week is “Memory”. The public is invited to participate in this week long programme which will include exciting events which demonstrate the key role memory plays in the teaching and research in the Faculty.

Trinity Week commences on “Trinity Monday”, 11th April, when Trinity College Dublin celebrates the announcement of the Honorary Fellows, new Fellows and Scholars of the college. The ceremony is one of the oldest and most colourful at Trinity College and refers back to the foundation of Trinity College in 1592 as a corporation consisting of the Provost, the Fellows and the Scholars.

This is followed by a week of events including symposia, lectures, roundtable discussions and many other events around the theme of memory, which will be of interest to the general public.

Click here to download the brochure of events

All welcome!



Proclamation Day at Trinity College Dublin - 15th March 2016




School Postgraduate Handbook 2015/2016 (PDF)


School Safety Statement 2013/2014

Supporting Trinity College Students with Disabilities into Employment

Last updated 11 April 2016