UCC Adult courses

Arts (History) - Cert

About This Course

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Course Outline

The Certificate in Arts (History) consists of lectures and tutorial support on aspects of the early European history, modern American history, and Irish history in particular. It aims to help students develop the practical (and highly transferable) skills of retrieving information, analysing evidence and communicating your findings, both orally and in writing.  No prior experience of having studied history is necessary.

Course Queries 

For Academic Queries and Course Content Queries please contact the Programme Coordinator Rory O Dwyer at r.odwyer@ucc.ie . 

For Online Application Support please click here. 

If you require further assistance with your online application please contact the Programme Administrator Deborah Kerrisk at deborah.kerrisk@ucc.ie. 

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This course takes place on Wednesday evening from September to December and January to April.

Course Practicalities


(i) East & West: The Origins of European Identity                                                                                                                      

(ii) The Making of the Modern Irish State                                                                                                                                    

(iii) US History since 1865

(iv) Case Study in Research Skills - involving intensice tuition in historical sources and methods.

Who teaches this course?

  • Dr Emer Purcell (East & West: The Origins of European Identity)
  • Dr John Borgonovo (The Making of the Modern Irish State)
  • Mr Maurice Cronin (Racism, Anti-Semitism and the Struggle for Tolerance)
  • Dr Finola Doyle-O’Neill (Irish Media History: A Case Study in Research Skills)

Why Choose This Course

Learning about history has never been more important. Students on our Certificate course will acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to understand our turbulent times, as well as to pursue their own interests in local, national and international history.

Holders of the Certificate in Arts who subsequently apply for and are offered a place on the BA degree will automatically receive exemptions in the relevant subject(s) providing that entry to the BA is undertaken within 5 years from the completion of the Certificate programme.


This course is open to adult learners who have an interest in the early European history in general and Ireland in particular.  Minimum entry age: 18.

Fees and Costs


For further information on fees and financial supports please click here

How Do I Apply

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 
Select the following options:
Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • 50% of the fees are required to complete your application. 




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Year 1 Modules

  • HI1002: Modern Ireland: Culture, Politics and Society (5 credits)
    The module acts as a foundation level course, introducing students to the broad developments of modern Irish history, from the 1850s to the 1990s.
  • HI1003: East and West: The Origins of European Identity (5 credits)
    The module acts as a foundation level course, introducing students to the skills and techniques of historical research in general, with particular reference to medieval Europe.
  • HI1006: US History since 1865 (5 credits)
    'US History since 1865' will provide first year students with an introduction to the key events, ideas, and movements that shaped US history from the years 1865 to 2008. It will explore the relationships between culture and politics, foreign and domestic policies, and how the United States interacted with the world around it. This course will move from an examination of post-Civil War Reconstruction and the socioeconomic transformations of westward expansion and industrialisation, to the transition from isolationism to super-power from World War I to the Cold War, to consider the 'unipolar moment' when, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US seemingly stood alone in the world in terms of its power and prestige. Key areas: Reconstruction; industrialization; immigration; expansion and Empire; World War II, the Cold War and the emergence of a superpower; the struggle for Civil Rights; dissent and protest movements; the post-Cold War world: the unipolar moment and the debate over American decline.
  • HI2105: Case Studies in Research Skills (5 credits)
    Lecturers are assigned a small group (if possible, no more than 15 per group) for intensive tuition in historical sources and methods. The core of this module will be an historiographical and methodological study of a major historical work, and/or of the work of a major historian, and/or a set of sources.

Year 2 Modules

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Year 4 Modules

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