About This Course
1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
HDip in Arts
€6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,130 (Year 2 Part-time)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
See Requirements for full details.
Open for EU applications, check rounds closing under How To Apply
Non-EU Closing Date
30 June 2023
11 September 2023
This course is for non-archaeology graduates who have a degree and would like to transfer their studies to the discipline of archaeology. The course is designed for those who have an active interest in archaeology and want to undertake a full-time course of study. It is also aimed at those currently employed in some branch of archaeology, who wish to obtain an academic qualification in the subject. The Diploma is also designed for those who require a conversion course to apply for postgraduate studies in archaeology in UCC, such as the one-year MA course or the MPhil/PhD research degree.
This is a full-time course over one academic year during which you will take modules in archaeology to the equivalent of 60 credits. The course is made up of modules from the second and third year courses in the undergraduate BA degree. You are required to take core modules to a value of 20 credits. You will chose the remaining 40 credits in consultation with the course coordinator, taking into account timetable constraints and suitability of course combinations. Students with little previous knowledge of archaeology may also audit all or part of the first year archaeology course.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
You will have an average of six hours of lectures per week, with up to four one-day field excursions over the duration of the year.
The course will be assessed by a combination of formal, end-of-year examination and continuous assessment of essays, projects and field trip participation.
Why Choose This Course
The Diploma is a conversion course that will allow graduates in other disciplines to study archaeology. It is designed for those who require a conversion course to apply for postgraduate studies in archaeology in UCC, such as the one-year MA course or the MPhil/PhD research degree. Completion of the Higher Diploma course does not guarantee a place on a postgraduate course. You are required to achieve a mark of 60% in the final diploma award to be eligible for postgraduate studies in archaeology.
Skills and Careers Information
It is intended for those who already have a 3 or 4 year primary degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences, and who wish to study the subject Archaeology intensively over one academic year. The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.
For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
- 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.
- Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements
Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Vsit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,130 (Year 2 Part-time).
The Non-EU fee for this course is €16,700.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second-semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment
International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
How can I pay?
You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please contact the Fees Office.
How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.
- For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
- Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.
2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
- Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.
3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
- Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early for an early decision.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June 2023Apply Now