UCC Postgraduate courses


About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code

    CKA35 Part-time

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    2 years part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    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

    It is intended for those who 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 detail

  • Start Date

    10 September 2018

Course Outline

The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme for graduates and applicants who would not normally have studied the relevant Higher Diploma in Arts subject to honours degree level previously. The Higher Diploma in Arts (Béaloideas) is a programme of study running for 18 months (part-time by day) from the date of first registration for the programme.

Some candidates with cognate honours degrees (with a minimum overall second class honours or equivalent) may be considered for the taught Masters programmes available in the Department of Bealoideas. Enquiries with regard to suitability for these Masters programmes can be made directly to the

Folklore & Ethnology Department/Roinn an Bhéaloidis
5 Elderwood
College Rd.
Guthán / Tel: 353 (0)21 4903935
Ríomhphost / e-mail: b.begley@ucc.ie

The Higher Diploma in Arts shall consist of modules to the value of 60 credits taken from a range of existing Second and Final Arts modules in the relevant subject. Suitable modules as well as attendance requirements and coursework are determined by the relevant academic departments and approved by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. For any given subject, the programme of study to be followed may differ for each individual student, depending on the individual's background, preferred area of specialisation etc.

The programme will be made up of modules in the subject from Levels II and III of the undergraduate BA degree. The online College Book of Modules contains descriptions for all modules offered in the University's modularised programmes for the current academic year HERE

This programme is currently available by two years part-time programme (by day) only.

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

The course consists of modules to the value of 60 credits taken from a range of existing year 2 and 3 modules at BA level. The subject modules will be chosen by the student in consultation with staff of the Department of Folklore, having regard to timetable constraints and suitability of course combinations.

The modules studied will vary for each individual student, depending on background, preferred area of specialisation etc.


The online Book of Modules contains the assessment criteria for all modules offered in the university's modularised programmes for the current academic year.

Who teaches this course

Click HERE for details of the Department of Folklore & Ethnology Department/Roinn an Bhéaloidis teaching staff and profiles

Why Choose This Course

Is ábhar suntasach ‘An Léann Dúchais’.    Is iontach an t-ábhar é do mhic léinn a bhfuil suim sa Ghaeilge agus go háirithe i gcultúr na Gaeilge acu.  Tugann sé deis don mhac léinn ollscolaíocht as Gaeilge a bheith aici nó aige. Déanann “Béaloideas.” staidéar faoi leith ar bhéaloideas na hÉireann, ar sheanchas, ar chreideamh agus ar phiseoga, agus ar an gcultúr fisiciúil nó ábhartha.  Is tosnú é ar eolas a chur ar an mbéaloideas féin nó ar an ndúchas seo agus ar an léann a bhaineann leis.


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

Applicants to the Higher Diploma in Arts would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.

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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 €3,000.

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: CKA35AdditionalQuestions (49kB)

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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