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Ancient Medieval Languages

Course Outline
The Postgraduate Diploma in Ancient and Medieval Languages is a full-time diploma taken over 9 months. Its focus is upon the development of skills in two or more ancient or medieval languages from a group consisting of Classical Greek, Latin, Old English, Old Irish, and Medieval Welsh. It also develops knowledge of the history and culture of the societies using these languages. It better equips students with the basic language skills necessary in order to undertake postgraduate research into the ancient or medieval worlds.

Students take 60 credits consisting of language modules to a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 50 credits (Section 1) and cognate history and culture modules to a maximum of 20 and a minimum of 10 credits (Section II). They choose modules according to their experience in their chosen languages from within a group consisting of Classical Greek, Latin, Old English, Old Irish, and Medieval Welsh, and cannot take a beginners' module if they have already passed it (or its equivalent).

Why Choose This Course
This course offers the unique opportunity to engage in intensive study at the beginner's level of a combination of ancient and medieval languages no longer taught in many universities. It provides excellent preparation for those considering pursuing a postgraduate degree in the study of some aspect of the ancient or medieval worlds.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma in Ancient and Medieval Languages a candidate should have a minimum of a Second Class Honours, Grade II, Primary Degree (or equivalent) in a subject entailing the study of modern languages, ancient or medieval history, art, literature or culture, or equivalent qualifications. Successful applicants must demonstrate evidence of having taken undergraduate or post-graduate modules in an area that involves the study of ancient or medieval history, art, literature or culture.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/

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.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

1 year full-time.
There will be an average of 12 hours of language classes or lectures per week during both semesters.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
The primary purpose of the Postgraduate Diploma in Ancient or Medieval Languages is to better prepare students for postgraduate work in the study of some aspect of the ancient or medieval worlds. However, it also provides a broad training suited for those interested in careers in the cultural and heritage sectors as well as in the education sector. A good basic knowledge of these languages will prove particularly useful for those involved in the maintenance of museum and library collections, historical archives, and the numismatic or antique trades.

Potential career paths include jobs involving historical archives, museum collections, the numismatic or antique trades, and teaching.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Dr. David Woods
d.woods@ucc.ie
+ 353 21 4903491

Ms. Ann Riordan
a.riordan@ucc.ie
+ 353 21 4902359

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Who teaches on this course
The teaching team will be drawn from a number of different departments:
Dr. Tom Birkett, Dept. of English
Prof. John Carey, Dept. of Early and Medieval Irish
Dr. Kevin Murray, Dept. of Early and Medieval Irish
Dr. Emma Nic Cárthaigh, Dept. of Early and Medieval Irish
Dr. Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, Dept. of Early and Medieval Irish
Dr. Catherine Ware, Dept. of Classics
Dr. David Woods, Dept. of Classics
Ms. Vicky Janssens, Dept. of Classics

Assessment method

Assessment varies slightly from module to module, but usually combines some form of continuous assessment, whether class tests or essays, with an end of semester examination, with the majority of marks for the final examination.

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

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