UCC Postgraduate courses


About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code

    CKA15 Full-time; CKA41 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 Arts (Spanish) is intended for those who already have a degree and who wish to study the subject intensively over one academic year full time or two academic years part time. It is aimed at graduates who may want to be considered for a master’s course in the area of Hispanic studies subsequently (but do not have an honours degree in the field) or who may want to add the subject of the Higher Diploma in Arts to their qualifications.

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 Music 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.

Higher Diploma in Arts (Spanish) students take credits to the value of 60 from a range of second- and final-year modules in Spanish language and culture. You will normally take modules HS3012 and HS3001 (10 credits) and are recommended to take HS2063 and HS3063 (5 credits each). In addition, you must take EITHER six courses from the list below (subject to change) OR four courses from the list AND a further 2 from:

LL2001 Modernism in European Film (5 credits)
LL2003 The Classical Tradition (5 credits)
LL3001: Postmodern European Cinema (5 credits)
LL3002 Travel Writing (5 credits)
(LL module course descriptions available from Department of Hispanic Studies)

Please see the College Book of Modules for information and descriptions of modules for the current academic year.

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 Spanish.   In general, if you wish to qualify with Spanish as a teaching subject, 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 click on the Module codes below for course descriptions

HS2102 Second Year Spanish Language (Ex-Non-Beginners) (10 credits)
HS2006 An Introduction to Golden-Age Literature (5 credits)
HS2008 Business, Culture and Society in Spain and Portugal (5 credits) 
HS2009 Texts and Contexts: Contemporary Writing from Spain (5 credits)
HS2010 Texts and Contexts in the Hispanic World (5 credits)
HS2011 Contemporary Hispanic Theatre (5 credits)
HS2020 Portuguese Language I (5 credits)
HS2021 Portuguese Studies I (5 credits)
HS2022 Catalonia and the Catalan Language I (5 credits)
HS2023 Catalan Cultural Studies I (5 credits)
HS2024 Galician Language I (5 credits)
HS2025 Galician Studies I (5 credits)
HS2026 Linguistic Aspects of Spanish (5 credits)
HS2044 Golden Age Art & Literature (5 credits)
HS2046 Chicano Literature (5 credits)
HS2057 Cinema and Identity in Spain and Latin America (5 credits)
HS2063 Dissertation (5 credits)
HS3001 Final Year Spanish Language Course (10 credits)
HS3004 Culture and Society in the Hispanic World (5 credits)
HS3005 History and Society in Spanish Literature (5 credits)
HS3006 Cultural Identity in the Lusophone (Portuguese speaking) World (5 credits) 
HS3007 Aspects of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (5 credits) 
HS3008 The Linguistics of Spanish (5 credits)
HS3009 Cultural Interfaces with the Hispanic World: Building Research Skills Through Tandem Learning (Spanish/English) (5 Credits)
HS3010 Stages of Exile in Hispanic Theatre (5 credits) 
HS3020 Portuguese Language II (5 credits)
HS3021 Portuguese Studies II (5 credits)
HS3022 Catalonia and the Catalan Language II (5 credits)
HS3023 Catalan Cultural Studies II (5 credits)
HS3024 Galician Language II (5 credits)
HS3025 Galician Studies II (5 credits)
HS3031 Truth and Fiction in Cervantes' Novelas Ejemplares (5 credits)
HS3044 Golden Age Drama (5 credits)
HS3054 Women and Popular Fiction in Mexico since 1980 (5 credits)
HS3063 Dissertation (5 credits) 

 *Please note, HS3012 is a new module for next year that has just recently been submitted and is not available to view online yet.

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

Three contact hours per week for language modules and one for elective modules are to be generally expected. The amount of reading hours would depend greatly on the subjects of the your choice.


Assessment varies depending on the specific subjects. Assessment methods include presentations, essays, exams and class tests, learning journals and portfolios.

Who teaches this course

The course is taught by staff in the Department of Hispanic Studies, a group of academics with vast expertise in their own fields who teach and produce research in areas including Spanish, Portuguese, Galician and Catalan language and culture, Latin American studies, art and literature in the Spanish Golden Age and Hispanic theatre.

Find out more about our staff Hispanic Studies People


Why Choose This Course

As part of the Higher Diploma in Arts (Spanish), you are given the opportunity to take an intensive course in Hispanic Studies, in order to bring you up to degree level in one or two years.


Skills and Careers Information

This qualification will give you an insight into different disciplines related to the Hispanic world that will prove very valuable in an environment in which Spanish and Portuguese have become global languages. Previous graduates of the Higher Diploma in Arts (Spanish) have been employed in a wide range of careers, both in Ireland and abroad. These include teaching, tourism, marketing, international business (retail, accounting, banking), translation and interpreting, media and journalism, and the public service. Other graduates have successfully continued their postgraduate studies in the field, mainly the MA in Hispanic Studies.


• You will already have a degree, preferably in the area of arts or the sciences

• You will have some background knowledge of Spanish• But will not normally have studied Spanish language or culture to honours degree level previously

Important Note:  Please note that the Higher Diploma in Arts programme is NOT a teacher training programme.  Graduates must apply for the Postgraduate Master of Education teacher training programme to qualify as a secondary school teacher, please see http://www.ucc.ie/en/pec01

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 question are available to view here: CKA15AdditionalQuestions (50kB) ans CKA41AdditionalQuestions (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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