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, 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.

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

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 Do I 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]


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Year 1 Modules

  • AD1051: Studying Folklore: The Sayings and Doings of Common People (10 credits)
    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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AD2874: Research Project on Local and Regional Studies (10 credits)
    This module introduces students to the skills and sources necessary to carry out research in the area of local and/or regional studies.
  • AD2875: Community Memory - Influences and Dynamics (5 credits)
    The primary focus of this module in an exploration of the influences and processes involved in the production, identification and interpretation of community memory, defined in this context as traditional and informal knowledge passed from one generation to another. The course covers topics such as public memorialisation, commemoration, oral history, the intersection between public and private memory, sites of memory, vernacular and state memories, time, revolutionary Ireland and historic and modern knowledge platforms.
  • AR1011: The Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland (5 credits)
    A general introduction to the prehistory of Ireland based largely on archaeological information. The lectures deal with the earliest settlement of Ireland, c.8000¿3000 BC, from foragers of the Mesolithic period to the arrival of Neolithic farmers and their megalithic tomb traditions. This is followed by a consideration of the many developments that marked the transition to the Bronze Age, including the adoption of metal use and changes in ritual practices. The module examines the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age periods in Ireland, c.1500 BC to AD 400, and the nature of the indigenous society that preceded the first Celtic influences on Ireland. The process of Celticisation is considered in terms of its implications for Irish ethnicity, language and culture. The course ends by considering Ireland's contacts with the Roman world in the early first millennium AD.

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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