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Arts - Celtic Civilisation - Conversion Course

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 master’s 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 module’s Blackboard (UCC’s 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 Library’s 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.

Entry requirements

You will have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences .

To apply for this course you will:
◾have a degree, preferably in the area of arts or the sciences
◾not normally have studied the relevant subject to honours degree level previously.
◾English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests


Full-time 1 year
Part-time 2 years by day
CKA26 Full-time; CKA36 Part-time

Number of credits

Higher Diploma 60 ECTS credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
As well as serving as an ideal entry-point to Celtic Studies for those without a prior qualification who are considering postgraduate study in the subject, the Higher Diploma in Celtic Civilisation can provide an additional qualification - and a mark of distinction - for students pursuing advanced degrees in such fields as classics, English, history or medieval studies. It is also a useful qualification for those seeking employment in the heritage sector.

Further enquiries

Dr. John Carey
P: + 353 21 490 2999

Ciara Ní Churnáin
Executive Assistant
T: +353 (0)21 490 3360

Subjects taught

The Higher Diploma in Celtic Civilisation consists of modules to the value of 60 credits taken from a range of existing Second and Third Arts modules in the relevant subject. Suitable modules as well as attendance requirements and coursework are determined by the Department of Early and Medieval Irish and approved by the College of Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. The course of study to be followed may vary depending on your background, preferred area of specialisation etc.

The course will be made up of modules from Levels II and III of the undergraduate BA offerings in Celtic Civilisation. The subject modules will be chosen by you in consultation with our staff at the Department of Early and Medieval Irish.

Module options include:
• The Celtic Contribution to Medieval Christian Europe
• Celtic Saints
• Early Celtic Lyric Poetry
• Learning and Society in the Celtic Countries
• The Celtic Languages
• Early Irish Spirituality
• The Mabinogi
• Ireland and Wales
• Ireland and Scotland
• Visions and Otherworld Journeys in Celtic Literature
• Early Irish
• Irish Historical Tales
• The Finn Cycle
• Themes in Medieval Celtic Culture

Please see the College Book of Modules for information and descriptions of modules for the current academic year.
Link available under Course Details on Course webpage (view URL link below)


Who Teaches This Course
Celtic Civilisation is taught by members of the Department of Early and Medieval Irish.
Academic Staff:
Máire Herbert
John Carey
Kevin Murray
Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh

Assessment method

Celtic Civilisation modules are typically assessed through an in-class assessment (counting for 20% of the total mark) and a final examination (counting for 80%), both of which are in essay format. For module CC2010, you will undertake an extended research project which will be assessed based on an annotated bibliography (25% of total mark), a presentation to Department staff and fellow students (25%), and an essay (50%).

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

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

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

Cost: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €6,000 full-time; €3,000 per year part-time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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