UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - Latin

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

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.

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 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 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 or 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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