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Mythology - Cert

Course Fact File
Duration1 year
Teaching ModePart-Time
NFQ LevelLevel 6
Fees€1500 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date31 August 2024
Next IntakeSeptember 2024
Course Delivery MethodOnline


Start DateSeptember 2024

Course Outline

The Certificate in Mythology is aimed at students who are interested in Irish mythology, Norse, and Classical mythologies. These tales will be explored over the course of a year, and at the end, students will be able to identify the main sources of Irish, Norse and Greek myths. This course will introduce students to new study skills to help navigate the reading material and assignments in class. The roles of famous gods and goddesses such as Lug, Étaín, Thor, Freya, Hercules, Athena and many more will be examined in detail. How these ancient figures became reimagined in Renaissance art and modern folklore, films and tales will also be investigated as part of the course. This course will develop critical thinking and analytical skills. It will give students the tools to challenge inaccurate information and false propaganda attached to ancient myths. Please see below a short introductory video about the course.


The Modules for the Certificate are as follows:

  • AD1101 Study Skills for Mythography
  • AD1102 Introduction to Irish Mythology
  • AD1103 Greek Mythology
  • AD1104 Introduction to Norse Mythology
  • AD1105 Representations of Mythology in Art
  • AD1106 Modern Representations of Ancient Mythology

Important Notice: Course Registration Deadlines

Once the course has reached full capacity we will no longer be accepting applications.

We strongly recommend early application to secure your place on the course.

Course Practicalities

The programme is normally taught live one evening per week (expected to run on Wednesdays 7pm until 9pm). Students will be provided with self-study programme material such as the mythological tales, articles and book chapters, videos, and podcasts. This content will be released weekly and is expected to be prepared by students ahead of the classes on Wednesdays. Self-directed learning via Peer Triad Engagement where students meet online for 1 hour per week to discuss the course content will also form part of the teaching strategy. 20 hours of tutorial support for assignments and course content will also be available to the students over the course of the academic year.   


Why Choose This Course

This course focuses specifically on introducing the mythological tales of medieval Ireland, the Classical world and the Norse dominions. It is designed to introduce students to the world of mythology and no prior knowledge of the subject or tales is required to participate in the classes. If you are interested in the subject, this course will help you develop a thorough knowledge of the main myths found in each culture. You will learn to identify and understand the world in which these myths were written and the important themes that are explored in each tale. This course will help develop your critical thinking and analytical skills. It will give you the tools to challenge inaccurate information and false propaganda attached to ancient myths. This course will be of benefit to people working or who wish to work in the heritage or tourism sector, complete CPD requirements in these sectors and others such as the teaching profession and to anyone who would just like to know more about these fascinating tales.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by 1 January of the year of application and demonstrate personal or professional interest in the related disciplinary fields. This may be demonstrated by a short statement accompanying the application to explain why the applicant would like to do the course.
  • English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.

Certificate programmes are offered subject to a minimum number of eligible applicants registering for the programme. Programme viability is determined by reference to fee income and applicable costs in running the programme.

Fees and Costs


How To Apply

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 3Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/PowerPoint etc. once registered.

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]
  • Transcripts [if applicable]

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