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 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. 


Given the current context of Covid-19 and the prevailing public health guidelines, there will be a blended online approach for ACE programmes for the 2020/21 academic year. This will mean that all teaching will generally be delivered online. We will endeavour to provide more classroom-based teaching from September 2021 onwards, however this is dependent on public health advice nearer the time.

  • Classes will be held in accordance with standard programme timetables;
  • Synchronous/live delivery of lectures online will be prioritized as much as possible;
  • Opportunities for student engagement, questions and interactivity will be prioritized by the live lectures
  • Fieldtrips will take place in outdoor locations where possible and will follow Health and Safety guidelines. Fieldtrips may be cancelled or rescheduled should Covid-19 guidelines require it.


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

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.

€30 of the course fee is collected during their online application and that the balance of the first instalment = €595, will be payable 1 week after registration


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