UCC Postgraduate courses


About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code

    CKA12 Full-time; CKA08 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 French is aimed at graduates who want to be considered for a master’s course in French, but do not have an honours degree in French, or who want to add a Higher Diploma in Arts subject to their qualifications.

Objectives of the course:

  • to provide you with opportunities to further develop your skills in the study and the use of the French language
  • to provide you with opportunities to extend and deepen your skills in the reading and discussion of texts
  • to introduce you to work in specialised areas of French as a multidisciplinary subject
  • to give you a sense of French culture in French-speaking countries around the world

On graduation from this course, you will have:

  • developed a capacity for independent critical thinking
  • acquired and developed transferable skills such as information gathering, analysis and interpretation
  • acquired a range of personal and interpersonal skills in addition to communication and listening skills
  • developed reflectiveness, self-awareness and a capacity for cooperative endeavour through taking responsibility for group work

Registration with the Teaching Council:  For applicants who are taking the Higher Diploma with a view to Teaching Council subject registration, the Higher Diploma in Arts French is recognised by the Teaching Council for the purposes of a teaching subject at post primary level.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that the Higher Diploma in Arts programme is NOT the teacher training programme. Graduates must complete the Professional Master of Education to qualify as a secondary school teacher. Please see www.ucc.ie/en/pec01 for further details.

The modules on offer, are in the main, those offered to second-year and final-year degree students. French as a degree-level subject is organised into a number of distinct elements:

  • language modules on reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • core modules dealing with the study of culture and literature
  • specialised modules covering different areas of French as a multidisciplinary subject, including literary studies, linguistics, French thought and the history of ideas, cultural studies, French society and institutions, the francophone world.

Modules (60 credits):

FR2602 Modern French Culture
FR4202 Structure and Varieties of Contemporary French
FR2305 Introduction to Francophone Postcolonial Studies
FR2306 Theatre of the Absurd
FR4307 Contemporary French Theatre
FR2404 French Language Today
LL3002 Travel Writings
FR2403 Introduction to Specialist Translation
FR4308 Literary Studies: Modern French Fiction
FR4407 Advanced Specialist Translation
FR4403 Second Language Acquisition
FR 2702 Women in French Society and Culture
FR2204 Topics in Literature and Culture
FR4702 French Society and Institutions

Registration with the Teaching Council:  For applicants who are taking the Higher Diploma with a view to Teaching Council subject registration, the Higher Diploma is recognised by the Teaching Council for teacher subject registration in French.   In general, if you wish to qualify as a teacher in French, you are advised to refer to the school curriculum and match the modules to that broad field. Modules are chosen in consultation with the programme coordinator in September.  

Many subjects have discipline-specific requirements and you are advised to check the requirements for the subject area by consulting the following:

Please see the College Book of Modules for information and descriptions of 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

For the full-time one-year option, you are required to choose from modules which, when combined, result in 60 credits. Most modules have a value of 5 credits and involve one hour of teaching per week for the duration of the academic year. However, a language module represents 10 credits and involves three classes a week, one of which focuses upon oral skills. This means a full-time student will have a total of 13 hours of classes per week for the duration of the academic year.


Assessment is by a combination of essays and final year examinations in both written and oral French.

Who teaches this course

Didier Bellettre
Sylvie Campion
Dr Patrick Crowley
Véronique Grabe
Dr Paul Hegarty
Dr Martin Howard
Milouda Louh
Christine Montané
Dr Mary Noonan
Professor Patrick O’Donovan
Eugene O'Sullivan
Dr Maria O’Sullivan
Dr Angela Ryan
Claire Sibut
Margot Spencer

Profiles of the lecturers can be found on UCC's Research Profile webpages

Why Choose This Course

The Higher Diploma in French at UCC is delivered by an active team of teachers and researchers who support and encourage students who want to learn about French and Francophone cultures and are keen to become independent thinkers.

The qualification will give you a strong sense of the importance of France and the French language in the world today. You will acquire not only knowledge, but also skills. The global spread of French as a language, the economic strength of France, as well as emerging Francophone cultures, make this a great time to discover more from our Department.

Skills and Careers Information

This course will enables you to:

  • develop your language skills through extensive reading of materials in French
  • comment analytically on a wide range of materials in French
  • demonstrate an awareness of French and francophone culture and cultural production
  • apply critical methodologies developed by French and francophone writers in thought and/or literature and/or linguistics and/or cultural studies
  • apply research methodologies to prepare original, well-argued essays on a range of subjects relating to French language and culture.

These skills of analysis and research and these forms of cultural and inter-cultural competencies are of critical importance to those wishing to pursue careers in education, journalism, government, European institutions and executive administration in multinational companies.


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: CKA12AdditionalQuestions (50kB) and CKA08AdditionalQuestions (50kB)

Please note that the Higher Diploma in Arts programme is not a teacher training programme. Graduates must complete the Professional Master of Education to qualify as a secondary school teacher. Please see www.ucc.ie/en/pec01 for further details.

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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