The Higher Diploma in Arts (Celtic Civilisation) is intended for those who already have a degree and who wish to study the literature and culture of the medieval Celtic countries intensively over one academic year full time, or two academic years part time.
This is a conversion course and our students would not normally have studied the subject to honours degree level previously.
The course is aimed at graduates who would like to study a masters course in the subject area (but who 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.
For the full-time one-year option, you are required to choose modules with a total value of 60 credits from the Celtic Civilisation modules for second and third year. Taught modules have a value of 5 credits apiece, so students limiting themselves to these should take 6 modules per semester. Celtic Civilisation taught modules normally comprise 24 hours of lectures, accompanied by PowerPoint presentations and handouts. Materials presented in lecture, together with supplementary materials, are made available on each modules Blackboard (UCCs virtual learning system) site. There are also project-based modules available, to be undertaken on topics agreed with the Department: CC2010 (10 credits) and CC3009 (5 credits).
You are expected and encouraged to extend and deepen your acquaintance with the topic through reading. To this end, you are provided with reading lists, and recommended books as well as course-specific sourcebooks are placed for you in the Boole Librarys Open Reserve. Like all Arts subjects, Celtic Civilisation enables you to acquire facility in analysis and presentation of material through class essays.
Unique Aspects of the Course
The Higher Diploma in Celtic Civilisation affords a remarkable opportunity for gaining intensive exposure tailored to your background and interests to a subject covered by very few universities and by almost none outside Ireland.