English - Conversion Course

Course Outline

The Higher Diploma in Arts English is a postgraduate qualification intended for students who already have a degree in another subject and who wish to study English intensively. You study a range of second- and third-year English undergraduate modules, over the course of one academic year (full time) or two academic years (part time).


A valuable qualification in itself, the Higher Diploma in Arts in English may also be used as a pathway to further study, and the course is aimed at graduates who may wish to be considered for a subsequent master's course in English.


The Higher Diploma in Arts English consists of modules to the value of 60 credits taken from a range of existing second- and third-year modules in English. The course runs for one year (full time) or two years (part time). Credits may be made up through a combination of lecture modules (generally 5 credits) and seminar courses (10 credits). Courses covering a wide range of periods and a diverse array of texts and critical approaches are offered every year. The range of courses offered changes every year, but the period of literature covered in modules will always range from the Middle Ages, right through to the twenty-first century.


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.


If you are applying for this course for future eligibility into the Profession Master of Education, further information is available on our website.


Why Choose This Course


The Higher Diploma in English is a postgraduate course offering students with degrees in other subjects the chance to change direction and develop new areas of knowledge. Over the course of a year's full-time or two year's part-time intensive study, you are immersed in the subject. Many students use the HDip as a route into master's level education, often progressing to one of the School of English's specialised MAs. If you choose subsequently not to take an MA in English, you will also have gained the opportunity to develop a range of skills much sought after by employers.

Entry requirements

Requirements

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 English 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.


English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.


For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements.


International/non-EU applicants

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.


For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

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.

Number of credits

60 Credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

Students gain extensive knowledge of numerous areas of literature in English and different approaches to the study of literature. You will be given numerous opportunities to develop your oral and written communication skills. These skills are much sought after in a wide range of administrative professions, including copy-editing and journalism. Some students take the HDip in English as a way of enhancing their prospects of becoming teachers or of further developing their teaching careers.

Further enquiries

Dr. Ken Rooney

e: k.rooney@ucc.ie

t: +353 21 4903292

http://www.ucc.ie/en/english/


Jennifer Crowley

e: j.crowley@ucc.ie

t: +353 21 490 2664

Subjects taught

You can take modules specialising in areas including:

European and American cinema

Irish literature

American literature

Shakespeare

Mediaeval and Renaissance writing

Victorian literature

Modernism and postmodernism

Critical theory

Drama

Poetry

The novel

The short story


This wide range ensures that students accepted to the course should be able to satisfy their individual preferences and chosen areas of specialisation.


Modules

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.


University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Comment

Course Practicalities

Depending on modules selected, class contact time in lectures and seminars will be approximately 10 hours per week, with considerably more than this devoted to directed study (primary and secondary reading and preparation for classes, completion of coursework etc.) outside class hours.

Assessment method

Assessment methods vary depending on modules taken, but include in-class tests or final exams, take-home essays, oral presentations, on-line journals or portfolios, and preparation and contribution in class.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.


EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.


The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.


Deadline for receipt of full applications:

For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020

Offers will be made by January 24th 2020


For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020

Offers will be made by March 16th 2020


For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020

Offers will be made by May 15th 2020


For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020

Offer will be made by July 15th 2020


Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.


Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June

Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 7 September 2020

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!