UCC Postgraduate courses

Greek and Roman Civilisation

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Greek and Roman Civilisation

  • Code

    CKA07 Full-time; CKA42 Part-time

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    HDip in Arts

  • EU Fees 2018

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will already have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Applications processed in rounds: See How To Apply section for full details

  • Start Date

    10 September 2018

Course Outline

The Higher Diploma in Greek and Roman Civilisation is ideal for you if you already have a degree and you wish to study Greek and Roman Civilisation intensively.

The course will introduce you to the cultures of the Greeks and Romans, and you will learn how these cultures oversaw the birth and development of the western world, including Christianity.

The study of Greek and Roman literary, philosophical and artistic heritage has hugely influenced Western culture, making this course a really important adjunct to the study of all the European literatures, English, history, philosophy, and the history of art.

You will take 60 credits worth of modules from a broad range of topics taken by undergraduate students in Greek and Roman Civilisation.

These may include modules in ancient Greek or Latin appropriate to your existing level of knowledge, if you so wish.

The range of available modules may vary a little from year to year, but normally has strong emphasis on Greek and Roman history.

Modules will include such topics as:

· Alexander the Great· the Julio-Claudian Dynasty· the Roman Army· the Late Roman Empire· the Rise of Christianity.

The online College Book of Modules contains descriptions for all modules for the current academic year.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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. 

Course Practicalities

Lectures are by day Monday to Friday for full-time and part-time students. You will have, on average, 12 hours of lectures per week full-time.


The modules are usually tested by end-of-year examination. Approximately half of the modules also include an essay requirement of 1,500 words, excluding notes.

Who teaches this course

The Roman history modules, and some Latin modules if so chosen, will be taught by the Head of Department Dr David Woods

Other modules will be taught by a variety of staff according to availability.

Why Choose This Course

This course will prepare you for postgraduate study so that you will be able to teach Greek and Roman Civilisation at a variety of levels. It may also suit you should you wish to pursue a career in the tourism or heritage sectors.

Skills and Careers Information

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare you for postgraduate study in Greek and Roman Civilisation, so that you will be able to teach this subject at a variety of levels. Alternatively, the course may suit you if you are interested in pursuing a career in the tourism and heritage sectors.


It is intended for those who already have a degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences

The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.  

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. 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 requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €6,000 .

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.


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 at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these supplementary questions are available to view here: CKA07AdditionalQuestions (50kB) and CKA42AdditionalQuestions (50kB)

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here


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