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Arts (History) - Cert

Course Fact File
Duration1 year
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
NFQ LevelLevel 6
NFQ Award TitleSpecial Purpose
Fees€800 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date8 September 2023
Next IntakeSeptember 2023

UCC Campus

Start DateSeptember 2023

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.

The Modules for the Certificate are as follows:

  • HI1002 Modern Ireland: Culture, Politics and Society (5 credits)
  • HI1003 East and West: The Origins of European Identity (5 credits)
  • HI1006 US History since 1865 (5 credits)
  • HI2105 Case Studies in Research Skills (5 credits)

Course Queries 

For Academic Queries and Course Content Queries please contact the Programme Coordinator Rory O Dwyer at . 

For Online Application Support please click here. 

If you require further assistance with your online application please contact the Programme Administrator Deborah Kerrisk at 

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 To 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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