UCC Adult courses

Heritage and Folklore Studies - Dip

Course Fact File
Duration2 years
Teaching ModePart-Time
NFQ LevelLevel 6/7
NFQ Award TitleSpecial Purpose
Fees€1,500 per academic year See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date31 May 2024
Next IntakeSeptember 2024

Hybrid classes online, fieldtrips in person

Start DateSeptember 2024

Course Outline

The Diploma in Heritage and Folklore Studies (formerly known as the Diploma in Local and Regional Studies) is aimed at people' interested in in local history and heritage, members of historical societies, and those working, or intending to work, in the heritage sector. This heritage course will develop skills for those interested in local and regional studies integrating approaches used by historians, folklorists, Celtic scholars, archaeologists and geographers.  You will study the information that can be gleaned from medieval tales, prehistoric monuments, documents, maps, museum collections and landscapes . A wide range of teaching methods are used including weekly lectures, workshops and field trips. You will be encouraged to learn and research independently and to develop analytical skills, which will support you when producing your research project in year two. You will employ diverse research methods and methodologies and engage with primary and secondary sources. At the end of the course you will have learned to differentiate between the research methodologies employed by a range of disciplines that work under the unifying theme: the significance of locality and region as a basis for study.

The modules for the Diploma are as follows:

Year 1

  • CC1801: Celtic Ireland
  • AD1051: Studying Folklore: The Sayings and Doings of Common People
  • AD1052: Historical Geography
  • HI1801: Aspects of Modern Irish History

Year 2

  • AD2866: The Irish Medieval Church
  • AD2868: Local Food Studies: History, Tradition and Identity
  • AR1011: The Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland
  • AD2874: Research Project on Local and Regional Studies
  • AD2875: Community Memory - Influences and Dynamics

Course Queries

For Academic Queries and Course Content Queries please contact the Programme Coordinator Riona Doolan at riona.doolan@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

Important Notice: Course Registration Deadlines

Please take note of the following deadlines for this course:

Round One Application Deadline: Friday, May 31st, 2024

  • If the course fills by this deadline, there will be no round two application process. Early application is advisable as there are limited numbers of places for this course. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by this date to guarantee consideration.

Final Registration Deadline: August 31st, 2024

  • In the event that there are additional places available, round two applications will open. Round two applications will close on August 31st, 2024.

We highly recommend early application to secure your place in our courses.

Course Practicalities

The programme is normally taught one evening per week (expected to run on Thursdays 6:30pm until 9:30pm), with teaching and fieldtrips occurring on some Saturdays. Students will incur some minor costs for field trips. All field trips are based in Munster. Students are expected to attend all Saturday classes and fieldtrips. 

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 2Mbps 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.


There are no formal written examinations; all work is evaluated on a continuous assessment basis. This incorporates a range of learning techniques including essays, fieldtrip/fieldwork reports, literature/sources review, document study, oral presentation, poster presentations and a research project.

Who teaches this course?

Staff from the School of History, Department of Folklore and Ethnology, Department of Early and Medieval Irish, Department of Archaeology, Department of Geography, and Adult and Continuing Education.

Why Choose This Course

I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in the history and heritage of their local area. The lecturers provided wonderful support and guidance, there was a great dynamic in the class"

John Fenton - Former Cork Hurler and Graduate

Find Out More

If you are thinking of working or volunteering in the Irish heritage or tourism sector, this course will be of great benefit. It also provides a solid academic grounding if you want to pursue your studies at degree or higher diploma levels. Diploma graduates may apply for 15 credit exemption from first year of the BA degree in UCC. Depending on experience, diploma graduates may also qualify for the Local History MA (School of History) in UCC.


  • 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.

Diploma programmes are offered subject to a minimum number of eligible applicants registering for the programme. Following completion of year 1 of this programme, should a sufficient number of eligible students not wish to progress form year 1 to year 2 of this programme as to make the year 2 viable, students will graduate with a certificate at that point.  Programme viability is determined by reference to fee income and applicable costs in running the programme.

Fees and Costs

€1,500 per academic year

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]


Apply Now

Contact Details For This Course

Similar Courses


Year 1 Modules

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact