Ancient Medieval Languages

University College Cork

Ancient Medieval Languages

Course Outline
The Postgraduate Diploma in Ancient and Medieval Languages is a full-time diploma taken over 9 months. Its focus is on the development of skills in two or more ancient or medieval languages from a group consisting of Classical Greek, Latin, Old English, Old Irish, and Medieval Welsh. It also develops knowledge of the history and culture of the societies using these languages. It better equips students with the basic language skills necessary in order to undertake postgraduate research into the ancient or medieval worlds.

Students take 60 credits consisting of language modules to a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 50 credits (Section I) and cognate history and culture modules to a maximum of 20 and a minimum of 10 credits (Section II). They choose modules according to their experience in their chosen languages from within a group consisting of Classical Greek, Latin, Old English, Old Irish, and Medieval Welsh, and cannot take a beginners’ module if they have already passed it (or its equivalent).

Subjects taught

Modules vary from year-to-year. Currently, you may choose from the following modules.

Section I: Language Modules (40-50 credits)
Old Irish
CC6001 Old Irish (10 credits)
CC6003 Early Irish Text (10 credits)
CC6011 Continuing Old Irish (10 credits)
CC6017 Researching Early Irish Texts: Language and Literature 1 (10 credits)
CC6018 Researching Early Irish Texts: Language and Literature 2 (10 credits)

Medieval Welsh
CC6004 Medieval Welsh (10 credits)

Old English
EN2012 Old English Language (5 credits)

Classical Greek
GK2003 Reading Greek (5 credits)
GK2008 Easy Greek Texts (5 credits)
GK3033 Plato (5 credits)
GK6001 Beginners' Ancient Greek (15 credits)

Classical & Medieval Latin
LT2009 Reading Latin (5 credits)
LT2044 Easy Texts II (5 credits)
LT6001 Beginners' Latin (15 credits)
LT6013 Sallust (5 credits)
LT6014 Cicero (5 credits)
LT6015 Latin in Practice (5 credits)

Section II: Culture Modules (10-20 credits)

CC2002 Celtic Saints (5 credits)
CC2007 The Celtic Languages (5 credits)
CC2013 The Finn Cycle (5 credits)
CC3001 The Mabinogi: Legends of Medieval Wales (5 credits)
CC3014 Early Irish Spirituality (5 credits)
CC6006 Special Topic (10 credits)
CC6007 Research Presentation (10 credits)
CC6008 Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research (10 credits)
EN2011 Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales and Related Texts (5 credits)
EN3015 Of Monsters and Men: Old & Early English Literature (5 credits)
EN3065 Romance: Medieval to Renaissance (5 credits)
EN6051 Middle English Literature, 1200-1550 (10 credits)
EN6053 Old English Literature to c. 1200 (10 credits)
GR2019 Greek Mythology (5 credits)
GR2042 Byzantium and the Rise of Islam (5 credits)
GR6014 Late Roman History, AD284-395 (5 credits)
GR6015 Latin Literature of Late Antiquity (5 credits)

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma in Ancient and Medieval Languages a candidate should have a minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent, in a subject entailing the study of modern languages, ancient or medieval history, art, literature or culture, or equivalent qualifications.

Successful applicants must demonstrate evidence of having taken undergraduate or post-graduate modules in an area that involves the study of ancient or medieval history, art, literature or culture.

Application dates

Closing Date: Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9th September 2024.

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Skills and Careers Information
The primary purpose of the Postgraduate Diploma in Ancient or Medieval Languages is to better prepare students for postgraduate work in the study of some aspect of the ancient or medieval worlds. However, it also provides a broad training suited for those interested in careers in the cultural and heritage sectors as well as in the education sector. A good basic knowledge of these languages will prove particularly useful for those involved in the maintenance of museum and library collections, historical archives, and the numismatic or antique trades. Potential career paths include jobs involving historical archives, museum collections, the numismatic or antique trades, and teaching.

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    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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