History Arts BA (Hons)

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Course Code: Subject available through multiple programmes

Course Title: Arts

Subject Title: History

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences


Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BA (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: Refer to CK101 and CK108


History at UCC provides an exciting exploration of the past, tracing historical developments from medieval times to the present with special reference to their European, Irish and North American contexts. The course can be taken as part of the BA or the BA International.

Join us - explore the past, understand the present and shape the future.  Study and interpret the past and you will discover evidence, solve problems and gain fresh perspectives.  Our world is a product of historical forces.  We specialise in Irish, European, American, Asian and World History including International Relations and European Studies.  You can choose from a variety of specialist options ranging in time from the pre-Viking period to the present;  in place from Europe to Asia and the Americas; and in theme from economic development and international relations to ideologies, cultures, social structures, politics and religion.

You will learn the basic skills of an historian and have access to a broad choice of specialist studies, as well as gaining a range of sought-after transferable skills and attributes.

You will learn about various types of history – social and economic history, modern diplomacy, political ideologies, the history of law, art, religion, women, government, business and much else besides.

Course Details

The History course is taken over three years. History can be taken as a single honours degree, as joint honours or as a major or minor option in conjunction with other subjects. You can choose the credit weighting that suits your interests and learning objectives.

Year 1 Modules:

In the first semester, all students are required to take the compulsory module East and West:  the Origins of European Identity.  You may also select to take one of two options:  First Year Inquiry-Based Research Project;  Anti-Semitism in Europe from the Enlightenment to the Holocaust.

In the second semester, all students are required to take the compulsory module: The Making of Modern Ireland. Any student who did not choose to take a first semester option must now choose to take one of the following three options:

  • Pilgrims and Crusaders
  • US History since 1865
  • The Age of Extremes: Early Twentieth-Century Europe in Global Perspective

Year 2 Modules:

Combinations of modules will depend on whether your registration is for single or joint honours, or History as a major or minor component of your degree. You can find out more information at the School of History. Core modules include:

  • The Global Renaissance 1300-1600
  • From Reformation to Enlightenment: Europe and the Wider World I
  • The Long Nineteenth-century: Europe, Ireland and the Wider World II

You will also take the Case Study in Research Skills and choose from a wide range of option courses.

Year 3 Modules:

Most students must take two mandatory courses:

  • Historical Debate 
  • Seminar

In addition, a wide range of options gives you the freedom to shape your final year's work to suit your individual interests.

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.

Application Procedure

 Refer to CK101 and CK108.  First year students choose Arts subjects when registering.

Course Practicalities

Teaching takes place in lectures and seminars, through small group work and by use of project and dissertation research. The school is increasing its use of online learning.

The contact hours, lectures, seminars and research required will vary considerably depending on your registration. See the School of History.

Year 1: A minimum of two hours of History lectures each week in both the first and second semesters.

Year 2: Beyond the core and option modules, a key feature of Year 2 History is the Case Study in Research Skills. You will be offered an extensive menu of case studies related to staff research specialisms. These include Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History concerning different areas of the world.

Year 3: You can continue to tailor your options to suit your interests. You will also participate in a seminar and have the opportunity to write an extended piece of research in the form of a dissertation.

Additional costs may include €150 per year for books plus extra payments for field trips as part of some modules. 


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, examination, presentation, project work, dissertation writing, book reviews, document analysis and a variety of online methods, including discussion groups, wikis. Other methods are under development.

All our assessment methods provide you with the opportunity to display your knowledge and skills and attributes in different ways. 

Who Teaches This Course

As an undergraduate, you will be taught by academics who are deeply committed as teachers, as researchers and as communicators of knowledge through writing books and learned articles. We are leaders in our respective fields and are able to use our knowledge and research skills -- gained from our work in archives and the study of primary sources -- to guide your learning in lectures, seminars and tutorials, and in producing written work.

You can find out more in the staff section of our website.

Further Contact Information

Charlotte Holland

T: +353 (0)21 490 2551


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