UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - Latin

About This Course

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Course Outline

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

Year 1 Module:
All students do the same introductory module, Beginners' Latin. During the year you will work your way systematically through the basic grammar book and associated reader.

LT1001 Beginners' Latin (15 credits)

Year 2
Six 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 five other modules you will focus on reading authors such as Julius Caesar, Sallust and Cicero.

Year 3
Five modules are currently available. The focus of these modules will upon works by Catullus, Julius Caesar, Sallust and Cicero. Additionally, you may take an advanced Latin Language module.

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 30 students in a class), and especially in Years 2 and 3 (2-8 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 including in-class tests, essays etc. 

Who teaches this course

A specialist college language teacher, Vicky Janssens, teaches Year 1 Beginners' Latin, and one module in Year 2. The modules in Years 2 and 3 are primarily taught by Dr David Woods, and Dr Catherine Ware.


Why Choose This Course

I'm studying History, English, Philosophy and Latin...[The degree] offered me the kind of flexibility that I wanted with subject choices.

Kelly Doherty

Student, BA Latin, Year 1

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  • Small class-sizes enable students to receive individual attention and support
  • UCC students frequently win the Dr Henry Hutchinson Stewart Scholarship and Prizes in Latin from the NUI
  • A knowledge of Latin is essential for the study of the ancient, medieval and early modern history and culture of western Europe.

A reading knowledge of Latin 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, and so complements the study of Archaeology, Celtic Civilisation, History, History of Art, and Religions and Global Diversity.

Skills and Careers Information

The study of classical Latin increases reading and writing skills in English both because of its emphasis on grammar and because of the fact that so many technical words in English have their origin in Latin.


Refer to CK101 or 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 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

Refer to CK101 or CK108.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

Refer to CK101 or CK108. Students choose Arts subjects when registering for first year.

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