Arts - Spanish

Course Outline

The Higher Diploma in Arts (Spanish) is intended for those who already have a degree and who wish to study the subject intensively over one academic year full time or two academic years part-time. It is aimed at graduates who may want to be considered for a master's course in the area of Hispanic studies subsequently (but do not have an honours degree in the field) or who may want to add the subject of the Higher Diploma in Arts to their qualifications.

Higher Diploma in Arts (Spanish) students take credits to the value of 60 from a range of second- and final-year modules in Spanish language and culture. You will normally take modules HS3012 and HS3001 (10 credits) and are recommended to take HS2063 and HS3063 (5 credits each).

Why Choose This Course

As part of the Higher Diploma in Arts (Spanish), you are given the opportunity to take an intensive course in Hispanic Studies, in order to bring you up to degree level in one or two years.

Entry 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 Spanish intensively over one academic year.

The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme.. You will have some background knowledge of Spanish, but will not normally have studied Spanish language or culture 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, please find our grades comparison by country here.

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, please check the fact file above.


Full-time 1 year

Part-time 2 years by day

CKA15 Full-time; CKA41 Part-time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Three contact hours per week for language modules and one for elective modules are to be generally expected. The amount of reading hours would depend greatly on the subjects of the your choice.

Number of credits

Higher Diploma 60 ECTS credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

This qualification will give you an insight into different disciplines related to the Hispanic world that will prove very valuable in an environment in which Spanish and Portuguese have become global languages. Previous graduates of the Higher Diploma in Arts (Spanish) have been employed in a wide range of careers, both in Ireland and abroad. These include teaching, tourism, marketing, international business (retail, accounting, banking), translation and interpreting, media and journalism, and the public service. Other graduates have successfully continued their postgraduate studies in the field, mainly the MA in Hispanic Studies.

Further enquiries

Dr. Martin Veiga

+ 353 21 490 2108

Subjects taught

In addition, you must take EITHER six courses from the list below (subject to change) OR four courses from the list AND a further 2 from:

LL2001 Modernism in European Film (5 credits)

LL2003 The Classical Tradition (5 credits)

LL3001 Postmodern European Cinema (5 credits)

LL3002 Travel Writing (5 credits)

(LL module course descriptions available from Department of Hispanic Studies)

Please see the College Book of Modules for information and descriptions of modules listed below for the current academic year.

HS2102 Second Year Spanish Language (Ex-Non-Beginners) (10 credits)

HS2006 An Introduction to Golden-Age Literature (5 credits)

HS2008 Business, Culture and Society in Spain and Portugal (5 credits)

HS2009 Texts and Contexts: Contemporary Writing from Spain (5 credits)

HS2011 Contemporary Hispanic Theatre (5 credits)

HS2013 Iberian Identities (5 Credits)

HS2020 Portuguese Language I (5 credits)

HS2021 Portuguese Studies I (5 credits)

HS2022 Catalonia and the Catalan Language I (5 credits)

HS2023 Catalan Cultural Studies I (5 credits)

HS2024 Galician Language I (5 credits)

HS2025 Galician Studies I (5 credits)

HS2026 Linguistic Aspects of Spanish (5 credits)

HS2044 Art and Visual Culture of the Spanish Golden Age (5 credits)

HS2046 Chicano Literature (5 credits)

HS2057 Cinema and Identity in Spain and Latin America (5 credits)

HS2063 Dissertation (5 credits)

HS3001 Final Year Spanish Language Course (10 credits)

HS3004 Culture and Society in the Hispanic World (5 credits)

HS3005 History and Society in Spanish Literature (5 credits)

HS3006 Cultural Identity in the Lusophone (Portuguese speaking) World (5 credits)

HS3007 Aspects of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (5 credits)

HS3008 The Linguistics of Spanish (5 credits)

HS3010 Stages of Exile in Hispanic Theatre (5 credits)

HS3020 Portuguese Language II (5 credits)

HS3021 Portuguese Studies II (5 credits)

HS3022 Catalonia and the Catalan Language II (5 credits)

HS3023 Catalan Cultural Studies II (5 credits)

HS3024 Galician Language II (5 credits)

HS3025 Galician Studies II (5 credits)

HS3031 Truth and Fiction in Cervantes' Novelas Ejemplares (5 credits)

HS3044 Golden Age Drama (5 credits)

HS3054 Women and Popular Fiction in Mexico since 1980 (5 credits)

HS3063 Dissertation (5 credits)

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 here.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.


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.


Registration with the Teaching Council: For applicants who are taking the Higher Diploma with a view to Teaching Council subject registration, the Higher Diploma is recognised by the Teaching Council for teacher subject registration in Spanish. In general, if you wish to qualify with Spanish as a teaching subject, you are advised to refer to the school curriculum and match the modules to that broad field. Modules are chosen in consultation with the programme coordinator in September.

Many subjects have discipline-specific requirements and you are advised to check the requirements for the subject area by consulting the following:

Curricular Subject Requirements: Teaching Council: Curriculur Subject Requirements

Subject Declaration Forms (including a self-assessment checklist of whether you meet the requirements for your subject area): Teaching Council Subject Declaration Forms

Assessment method


Assessment varies depending on the specific subjects. Assessment methods include presentations, essays, exams and class tests, learning journals and portfolios.

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

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