UCC Adult courses

Local and Regional Studies - Dip

About This Course

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Course Outline

This course is aimed at those interested in local history and heritage, members of historical societies, and those working, or intending to work, in the heritage sector. The course will develop skills for those interested in local and regional studies, integrating approaches used by historians, folklorists, Celtic scholars and geographers.  You will study the information that can be gleaned from 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.

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.


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, and 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 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

€1,250 per academic year

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

How Do I Apply

Applications are closed for the current cycle

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Year 1 Modules

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    Key aspects of folklore, its background, festivals, lifecycle, storytelling, popular religion and the otherworld, popular culture.
  • AD1052: Historical Geography (5 credits)
    This module will focus on the spatial aspects of Irish society since the early modern period. It will consider the role of place and landscape in the social and cultural transformations in Ireland over the past four hundred years by focusing on local case studies and situating them in their historical context.
  • CC1801: Celtic Ireland (5 credits)
    To present an overview of ancient Ireland's rich cultural history and traditions. Topics will include the early history of ireland; early manuscript sources; pre-Christian gods and goddesses; heroic literature; early Irish poetry.
  • HI1801: Aspects of Modern Irish History (10 credits)
    The module acts as a foundation level course, introducing students to the broad developments of Irish history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Year 2 Modules

  • AD1031: Fieldwork in Genealogy (10 credits)
    This module will engage students in fieldwork; the building blocks of genealogical practical research. Students will experience field work within both the urban and archival dimension and learn how to capture data through digital photography, mapping and the paper record.
  • AD1050: An Introduction to Astronomy (5 credits)
    Astronomical History - the Geocentric and Heliocentric models of the Solar System: Brahe, Kepler, Newton.
    The Night Sky - the constellations, the pole star, the diurnal motion of the stars, the orbit of the Earth about the Sun, the seasons. Finding stars on the sky.
    Time and calendars.
    Astronomy and navigation. The Greenwich meridian.
    Light - the electromagnetic spectrum: Reflecting and Refracting telescopes.
    Telescope operation.
    Different types of Astronomy. Astronomy from Space.
    The distance to stars - parallax.
    Angles, angular separation.
    Small numbers, large numbers, powers-of-ten notation.
    Looking back in time with astronomy.

    The Solar System - planets, moons, comets, asteroids.
    The Sun, eclipses.
    Planets around other stars, the Habitable Zone.

    Stars: distance, brightness, the magnitude system.
    The colour and temperature of stars.
    Stellar evolution - white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes.
    The formation of the elements.
    Galaxies and cosmology. Cepheids, the Doppler Shift and the expansion of the Universe.
    Black holes in other galaxies.
    Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the fate of the Universe.
  • AD1872: The Physical Environment (10 credits)
    Earth system, Geology (rock types, minerals), Palaeontology & Earth history, structural geology, geomorphology, geohazards. Practical work - recognition of rock samples, Field trip - Geology of the Burren.
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    This module introduces students to the skills and sources necessary to carry out original research in the area of local and / or regional studies.
  • AD2865: Local and Regional Studies Research Project (15 credits)
    Supervised, independent research on a topic agreed between student and supervisor. This may be an analytical or practice-based study. The work will apply the knowledge gained on course modules, and elsewhere, towards the research topic.
  • AD2866: The Irish Medieval Church (5 credits)
    This module will focus on the documentary history and physical heritage of the Church in Ireland between AD1000 and 1550. It will examine key events and themes, including monasticism, cathedral and parish churches, the twelfth-century reforms, religious art and architecture, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the Reformation . Local case studies will be used to explore the major themes by situating them in their national and international contexts.
  • AD2867: An Introduction to Ireland's Marine Heritage and Wildlife (5 credits)
    Key aspects of Ireland's marine heritage; human interation with the ocean; marine ecosystems; marine wildlife; survey methods and marine mammal identification; marine pollution and conservation; and marine eco-tourism.
  • AD2868: Local Food Studies: History, Tradition and Identity (5 credits)
    Since the 1970s, the globalisation of food and food production systems has drawn attention to local, regional and national food products and food models. The contrast between 'local' and 'universal' food has also introduced what can be ambiguous and contested concepts of 'authenticity', 'tradition' and 'identity'. This module will explain and discuus the main historical movements and developments in Irish food and it will address the value of local food and local food production to the community, the environment, and industry, in particular the tourism industry.

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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