UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - Greek

About This Course

Fact File

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.

First Year 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

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on the 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 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 visit our qualification comparison page.

Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.

Fees and Costs

Refer to CK101 and CK108.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

Refer to CK101 and CK108. Students choose subjects when registering for the first year.

EU Applicants: The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over): See the CAO Mature Applicants page and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) page for essential information on the application process for mature students.

QQI FET/FETAC Applicants: See our QQI FET/FETAC Applicants page.

Non-EU Applicants: Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page.

All Applicants: Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and 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 terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

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