UCC Postgraduate courses


About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code


  • 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

    €6,130; €3,130 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,130 (Year 2 Part-time)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing under How To Apply

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    30 June 2023

  • Start Date

    11 September 2023

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.

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)

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

  • 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)
  • HS2011 Contemporary Hispanic Theatre (5 credits)
  • HS2013 Iberian Identities (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 Art and Visual Culture of the Spanish Golden Age (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)
  • 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) 

If you are applying for this course to gain a teaching subject please consult with the Teaching Council subject Declaration form to view specific requirements for this subject.

If you are applying for this course for future eligibility for the Profession Master of Education, further information is available here.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

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


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

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 your choice.


Assessment varies depending on the specific subjects. Assessment methods include presentations, essays, exams, 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 on our Department page.


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 public service. Other graduates have successfully continued their postgraduate studies in the field, mainly the MA in Hispanic Studies.


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 Spanish intensively over one academic year.   

The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme.   You will have some background knowledge of Spanish, but will not normally have studied Spanish language or culture to honours degree level previously

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

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.

International/Non-EU Applicants

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.

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 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 email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie.

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.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

  • In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.

  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

  • Please detail your computing/technical/IT skills.

  • Please indicate your level of foreign language expertise in any of the languages offered by the programme.

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

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June 2023

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