Seize the opportunity to experience university life with UCD’s Summer School for secondary school students entering 6th Year or (Year 13 A-Level) in September 2023.


Geography, Education, Archaeology & Philosophy Summer School

Wednesday June 7th, 9.00pm-4.00pm

Find out what it takes to study Geography, Education (Secondary School Teaching -Gaeilge & Languages), Archaeology or Philosophy at UCD. Studying these subjects through a Social Sciences degree provides flexibility of thought and a range of practical, research and analytical skills that make graduates highly employable.

Geography is fundamental for understanding the world and is increasingly being used in virtually every field of human endeavour, providing a universal language for understanding, communicating ideas, and providing insights. It’s at the heart of solving global issues such as climate change, inequality, urbanisation, and natural hazards. Geography asks the big questions and gives you the perspective to answer them with advanced technology and a solid knowledge of the world in which we all live. Students will have the opportunity to use and explore some of these technologies first-hand by touring and thinking about key locations for human research and learning how to tell stories about those places through text, photography, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Education – Are you interested in studying to be a teacher of modern languages and/ or an Ghaeilge at post primary level? This innovative four-year teacher education programmes prepares high quality language teachers to teach, inspire and lead across the Irish Education system.

Many of you have already ‘done’ philosophy without knowing it! How do you know when (if ever) it is acceptable to lie? How do you decide whether something (or someone) is beautiful? Why do we have the system of government that we do? Are there other, better ways to govern? What are they and how do we judge them? What does it mean to be a human being? We offer you the tools to hone your thinking about big questions like these, from the nature of goodness to authenticity, from the nature of justice to an understanding of personal identity. In our interactive session, we share our passion for philosophical thinking and give you the opportunity to think through some of these themes yourselves.

Archaeology: Archaeology seeks to understand the past through the study of the physical remains that survive. This includes investigating monuments, artifacts, human and animal bone as well as how people interacted with the environment. The summer school will introduce Archaeology as a subject followed by a visit to The School of Archaeology where visitors can handle artefacts from the school’s teaching collection and learn about how they were made and used.

Who can register?

The Summer School is for students who are going into 6th year or Year 13 (A Level) in September 2023.

What does it cost?

The UCD Geography, Education, Archaeology & Philosophy Summer School costs €35 and includes a sandwich lunch and tea/coffee. A reduced rate of €15 is available for applicants whose families are in receipt of job-seekers or disability payments. If you wish to avail of this discount rate please email for a discount code before booking your course.


Enquiries in relation to the UCD Geography, Education, Archaeology & Philosophy Summer School can be made to Emma Donovan at

Where will the UCD Geography, Education, Archaeology & Philosophy Summer School take place?

The UCD Geography, Education, Archaeology & Philosophy Summer School will take place in the UCD Newman building. The building is number 41 on the UCD Map

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