The Higher Diploma in Arts (Sociology) is a conversion course for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The course is ideal for anyone who wants to study an intensive course in sociology in one year and apply for further studies at MA level in Sociology. Alternatively, you may simply wish to add a higher diploma to your existing qualifications.;
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 certain teaching subjects. In general, if you wish to qualify as a teacher, 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.
The Higher Diploma in Arts (Sociology) is intended to give students a solid foundation in sociology. The course has a strong emphasis on independent, critical thinking, helping you to understand and analyse events in wider society.
Who teaches this course
In the most recent research quality review in UCC, the Department of Sociology has ranked among the top 15 per cent of sociology departments in the UK and US for the quality of their research.
Our staff are recognised for their outstanding research and publications record. Five members of staff have been awarded UCC CACSSS Research Achievement Awards. Members of staff in Sociology are currently conducting research projects funded by the European Union, the Irish Research Council and other research bodies.
Why Choose This Course
A Higher Diploma in Arts (Sociology) is of interest to those who are looking for professional growth and new career directions. This degree prepares you for the pursuit of further studies in sociology. If you have an undergraduate degree, this course will help you to expand your repertoire of knowledge and skills.