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.

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

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]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.



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