The Higher Diploma in Arts German is aimed at graduates who may wish to be considered for a Masters programme in the subject area subsequently (but do not have an honours degree in the relevant area) or who may wish to add the Higher Diploma in Arts subject to their qualifications attainments.
The Higher Diploma in Arts shall consist of modules to the value of 60 credits taken from a range of existing Second and Final Arts modules in the relevant subject. For any given subject, the programme of study to be followed may differ for each individual student, depending on the individual's background, preferred area of specialisation etc.
If you are applying for this course to gain a teaching subject please consult with the Teaching Council Subject Declaration Form to view specific requirements for this subject.
Why Choose This Course
German is spoken by the highest number of people in the European Union and was recently voted most important language for business in the UK. Studying German opens the gate to the intellectual, economic and cultural riches of Central Europe. German is the language of "international icons" in, for example, the areas of philosophy (Kant, Marx, Heidegger), literature (Goethe, Kafka), psychology (Freud), science (Einstein) – to name just a few.
While studying German, students will become aware of how important it is to be knowledgeable about the language within the cultural and historical contexts of the German-speaking countries.
It is intended for those who already have a 3 or 4 year primary degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences, and who wish to study the subject German intensively over one academic year. The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.
- Candidates are required to have reached a level of German equivalent to B1 (CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference). Please contact the Department for further queries
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland:
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
A mixture of Continuous Assessment (Essay, Presentation, In-Class-Test, Learner Diary, Practical Assignment) and Written as well as Oral End-of-Year Examinations.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
Start Date: 7 September 2020
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
"The lack of people with German language skills in our exporting companies is a major contributing factor to why we have never managed to fully exploit the opportunity the market affords." (Manager of the Düsseldorf Office of Enterprise Ireland)
Students develop a set of linguistic, intercultural, analytical and critical skills which equip them for a variety of professional fields, including Education/Teaching, Translation/Interpreting, Journalism, Film, Theatre, Media, IT Sector, International Business/Export Industry, Public Sector, European institutions.