UCC Undergraduate courses


About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    3 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BA (Hons)

  • Fees

    EU/EEA/Swiss State Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,130 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; O6/H7 in another language. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2020: 300

  • CAO Points Range

    2020: 300-590

Course Outline

The BA degree is a broad degree, offering a wide variety of subjects, which means you will have an equally diverse range of postgraduate and career options following your degree. Aside from specific subject knowledge, you will also gain intellectual, social and management skills that can be applied in a variety of jobs.

This is a full-time three-year honours programme. You will study four subjects in Year 1. In Year 2 you will choose two subjects from Year 1 and continue with them to degree level. Arts at UCC offers:

  • 30+ subject choices (see course details below)
  • a unique Arts work-placement module
  • the opportunity to change your mind on any subject choices in the initial weeks of Year 


Year 1 Modules:

You will select four subjects from the following, selecting no more than one from each group:

Groups 2(a) and 2(b): Students can combine group 2(b) History of Art with any subject from Group 2 (a) in First Year only. Students can only study one subject from Group (2a) and 2(b) in Second and Third Year.

**Groups 6(a) and 6(b):  Students may not combine Italian with Celtic Civilisation or Philosophy in Second Year.  Students may not combine Geography with Celtic Civilisation, Philosophy or Spanish in Second Year.

There are further subject specific entry requirements for subjects on offer through the BA. Some subjects are only offered at a minor level. Please check our points to note for a full list of subject entry requirements and subject specific information.

Year 2/3 Modules:

You will continue with two of the four subjects from Year 1. You also have the option of dividing the courses (modules) evenly or taking more courses in one subject and less in the other.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of Programme Modules.   

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: Lectures are scheduled Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Each student’s timetable will differ depending on the subjects selected. In First Arts, each subject entails three to four lectures per week plus a one-hour tutorial. Even though you will take only two subjects after Year 1, the workload is broadly similar. Each 5-credit module has about 24 one-hour lectures. Students take 60 credits worth of modules each year.

Expected lab/practical hours: Language subjects will have additional weekly language laboratories.

Field trips: Archaeology and Geography require students to attend field trips.


Why Choose This Course

I've been involved in many record breaking auctions, the last one where a Van Gogh was sold for $60mln. All this has been facilitated by my time in UCC.

Nicola Doody

Graduate & Client Services Executive, Sotheby's Auction House, New York

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Arts has the most options to explore

Roy Sheehan

BA Maths and English

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I chose Arts as it gave me a chance to do subjects I couldn't do in Secondary School or after College

Niamh Desmond

BA French

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I chose Arts because I didn't to go into a degree that would pigeon-hole me into a career specifically

Sophie Power

BA Geography

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Arts at UCC offers: 

  • a choice of more than 30 subjects  
  • the opportunity to take part in our unique Arts work experience module
  • the ability to change your mind on any of your subject choices in the initial weeks of the first semester in Year 1
  • innovative teaching and learning practices 

Placement or Study Abroad Information

The College of Arts offers an optional work experience module. PX3001 is an accredited professional work experience module that allows CACSSS students to explore and develop their career interests.


Skills and Careers Information

As an Arts graduate you will make significant contributions to our society, culture and economy.  The cultural and intellectual enrichment derived from the process of your learning will extend to your contributions, significant and subtle, to your future work environment, community and culture. 

Aside from your subject knowledge and expertise, employers across a range of professions increasingly seek out individuals with a range of intellectual attributes such as the ability to:

  • think critically and independently
  • be creative and innovative
  • problem solve
  • contribute to cultural, economic and social challenges
  • conduct research
  • communicate with a high level of intellectual fluency

Our graduates have pursued careers in a wide range of areas including:

  • Teaching/Lecturing
  • Finance/Banking
  • Publishing
  • Theatre
  • TV/Radio
  • Public Affairs
  • Arts Management
  • Archaeologist (conservation/underwater/ forensic and more)
  • Researcher
  • Information Sciences
  • Interpreter
  • Marketing and Management

Due to the extensive range of subject choices on offer, you will have vast opportunities for postgraduate study in UCC, Ireland and Internationally. Graduates have gone on to postgraduate study in such areas as:

  • Digital Arts and Humanities 
  • Translation Studies 
  • Editing 
  • Journalism 
  • Economics/Business 
  • Museum Curating 
  • Education 
  • IT 
  • MPlan 
  • Criminology 
  • Management & Marketing
  • Film




Leaving Certificate entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:



Other Language




Additional requirements: There are further subject specific requirements for subjects on offer through the BA. You can find out details on language-specific entry requirements in the points-to-note  section in the Arts and Arts International pages of the UCC calendar.

Mature students: Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO and must sit the MSAP exam. There are approx. 75 places available on this course for mature students. There are certain subject requirements before a student can select some subjects in Year 1, e.g. Leaving Certificate standard Irish is needed to study Irish.

International Students should visit the International Education website. 

FETAC Requirements

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130. 

Please see Fees Office for more information.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.  Applicants must also apply for the  MSAP exam. Find out about the mature entry requirements here

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact