UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - Greek

Course Fact File
CodeSubject available through multiple programmes
Subject TitleGreek
QualificationsBA (Hons)
NFQ LevelLevel 8

Course Outline

This course teaches ancient classical Greek to those with no previous experience of the language until the point where they can read texts in classical Greek with the assistance of a dictionary.

Year 1 Module

All students do the same Beginners' Ancient Greek introductory module. During the year you will work your way systematically through the basic grammar book and associated reader.

  • GK1001 Beginners' Ancient Greek (15 credits)

Year 2
Two modules are currently available. During the course of one module, you will complete the study of the grammar book used in Year 1. In the other, you will read selected passages from the New Testament.

Year 3
Two modules are currently available. In one of these modules, you will read selected passages from the Greek philosopher Plato. In the other, you will read selected passages from the works of a variety of orators

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year-to-year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

Course Practicalities

The course is intensive because the classes are relatively small, both in Year 1 (about five students in a class), but especially in Years 2 and 3 (1-3 students in a class).

Regular attendance is expected and necessary if you wish to perform satisfactorily in the end-of-year examinations.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.

Why Choose This Course

Key facts

  • Greek has been a written language for over 3,000 years
  • A knowledge of Ancient Greek is essential for the study of early Christianity
  • Classes are small and students receive close personal attention and support.

A reading knowledge of Greek is a key skill for anyone considering pursuing postgraduate studies in any aspect of the history and culture of the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods, particularly when dealing with the eastern Mediterranean, and so complements the study of Archaeology, Celtic Civilisation, History, History of Art, and Religions and Global Diversity.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Study abroad

If you are studying through the BA International, you will spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities abroad. We currently have links with universities in: Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden Mexico, and the USA .

Work placement

If you study through the BA or the BA International, you will have the opportunity to avail of a work placement in Year 2. You can find out more here.

Skills and Careers Information

The study of classical Greek increases reading and writing skills in English, because of its emphasis on grammar and due to the fact that many technical words in English have their origin in Greek.


Refer to CK101 and CK108.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such applicants 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 visit our qualification comparison page and refer to our International Office page for more information.

Fees and Costs

  • Whether you are an EU or Non-EU student will affect the course fees applicable to you. See more information on EU Fees, Non-EU Fees, or Free Fees Status.
  • 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.
  • See the Fee Schedule to find out the course fee.
  • Check out scholarships that may be available to you.
  • Explore our Nurturing Bright Futures free online course (Module 5) to learn about managing your money as a student and budgeting for university life.

How To Apply

Refer to CK101 and CK108

Irish and European (EU/EFTA/UK) Applicants

Apply via the CAO. See the CAO Handbook for useful information on applying through the CAO. 

Mature Applicants 

Apply via the CAO by 1 February. To apply for a place as a mature student, you must be 23 years of age on or before 1 January of the year of entry.

QQI/FET Applicants 

Apply via the CAOSee our QQI/FET Applicants page for information on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Further Education and Training (FET) application process. 

Non-EU Applicants 

If you are from outside the EU/EFTA/UK, apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information. 

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