UCC Postgraduate courses

Renaissance Latin Culture

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Renaissance Latin Culture

  • 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


  • EU Fees 2021

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

  • Non-EU Fees 2021


  • Entry Requirements

    Candidates should hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in History, Classics, Art History or a related discipline. Candidates who hold a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) will also be considered subject to the approval of the course selection committee. See Requirements for full details.

  • Start Date

    Not on offer 2021/2022

Course Outline

The MA in Renaissance Latin Culture is a one year, full-time degree (or two year, part-time degree) that offers a unique approach to Renaissance studies through reconstructing and re-enacting some of the training and perspectives of Renaissance humanists. While acquiring cutting edge research, analysis and communication skills, students also learn to read and speak Latin, to design exhibitions that articulate renaissance world-views, and to write imaginary funding proposals from the perspective of Renaissance humanists.

The programme examines the development of Renaissance culture (art, literature, language and society), providing students with a deep understanding of the emergence of the modern world through a period of classical revival. As well as providing an historically-informed perspective upon modern debates about the purpose and value of a humanities education, the course equips students with the knowledge and skills to undertake sophisticated historical and linguistic analysis of renaissance history, language and culture.

This 12-month course consists of two parts – a taught component which focuses upon skills training and historical contextualization, and a supervised research phase in which students produce a 15,000-word dissertation on an aspect of Renaissance history.


In part one, students take the following modules:

  • LT6001 Beginners Latin (15 credits)*
  • CC6008 Palaeography and Manuscript Based Research (10 Credits)
  • HI6077 The Classical Revival 1250-1500 (10 credits)
  • HI6078 New Worlds, Ancient Texts (10 credits)
  • HI6079 Schola Latina (15 credits)

* If the student has already passed LT6001 (or its equivalent),  s/he must take 15 credits of Latin modules chosen in consultation with the Director of the MA in Renaissance Latin Culture.


In part two, students work closely with an academic supervisor to complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choosing within the broad area of renaissance studies, allowing them to pursue research on any aspect of the cultural, political and social history of the period.

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

The course is designed to encourage sustained, guided learning that evolves from skills training and acquisition of contextual knowledge in small groups to independent research and writing under close personal supervision. During the first two semesters, there will typically be around 8 contact hours per week. Students will consistently have homework for language classes and assigned readings to complete for historical modules. Required study time typically increases in advance of language tests and assignment submission dates.

Two more intensive periods of study occur at the beginning of the course (two days intensive training in palaeography for module CC6008) and at the beginning of the third semester (a week-long summer school involving immersion in Spoken Latin for module HI6079). Students will be advised of the dates for these intensive periods of study well in advance.


Assessment in the taught component of the course consists of written assignments (essays, funding proposals), in-class language tests, oral presentations, and collaborative exhibition design.

The dissertation, worth half of the total mark, and undertaken under the supervision of a staff member, reflects the importance of independent research.

Who teaches this course

Dr Jason Harris: specialist in Renaissance Latin and in early-modern intellectual and cultural history

Dr David Edwards: specialist in early-modern Irish political and cultural history;

Dr Hiram Morgan: specialist in early-modern Irish political and intellectual history;

Dr Diarmuid Scully: specialist in medieval intellectual and cultural history;

Dr Flavio Boggi: specialist in Italian Renaissance art history;

Dr Caitríona O Dochartaigh: specialist in medieval Irish and palaeography;

Vicky Janssens: Latin language teacher.

Why Choose This Course

This course is unique in offering students progression from beginners’ Latin to an immersion experience in Spoken Latin as part of a reconstruction of the lived experience of renaissance humanists within the wider context of historical study of the early-modern period. Students also explore humanist world views through collaborative exhibition design and imaginative funding proposals from the perspective of Renaissance humanist scholars. This emphasis upon engaging with humanist lives and thought through lived experience and reimagining represents a ground-breaking pedagogical innovation to supplement and augment the acquisition of formal training in historical analysis.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

The course offers a pathway towards pursuing further study abroad at leading History Departments and Neo-Latin centres in the UK or in continental Europe (especially Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria).

Placements are not part of the course programme, but graduates will be offered access to workshops and advice regarding job placement and employment options.

Skills and Careers Information

What can I do after I graduate with a [MA in Renaissance Latin Culture]?

The course provides students with advanced analytical, research, writing and presentation skills which may be employed in a diverse array of professional contexts, while also reflecting on how renaissance humanists promoted their own careers and educational reforms, providing students with case studies of how to market and develop ideas in the humanities. Graduates will be fully equipped to pursue further historical research either in education or for employers in the private sphere. They also receive training in exhibition organisation and funding applications which can launch them into careers in heritage or the arts. Spoken Latin skills are increasingly in demand for teaching the language at secondary school level.  Potential career paths also include marketing and fund-raising, especially in the spheres of arts, heritage and education.

Occupations associated with [MA in Renaissance Latin Culture]

Within the sphere of arts and heritage, graduates could progress to careers as researchers, museum curators, fund-raisers and teachers.

The course also provides ideal training for those who wish to continue on to PhD study in any area of Renaissance history and culture.

What are our graduates doing?

  • Graduates in this area have an exceptionally high success rate in attaining national funding for PhD and postdoctoral research posts.
  • One recent graduate in this area is working as a research fund-raiser, assisting in the design process and application procedure for research projects at Irish universities. She has been employed in research offices in several Irish universities, developing funding applications in the sciences, arts and humanities.
  • Another recent graduate attained a prestigious research post at a leading centre for Neo-Latin studies in Innsbruck, Austria.
  • A third recent graduate who participated in early pilot courses in Spoken Latin is now teaching History and Latin in a secondary school in Cork. 


Candidates should hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in History, Classics, Art History or a related discipline. Candidates who hold a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) will also be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) subject to the approval of the course selection committee. Some applicants who do not fulfil the usual entry requirements may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the course.

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 with no individual section lower than 5.5 or TOEFL equivalent.


English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

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

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please 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 €16,080.


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 fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two 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 online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal 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 items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:


  • 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.

  • Briefly describe a research proposal which may form the basis of your dissertation.

Please note that before completing the online application, intending candidates must consult with the relevant course co-ordinator to discuss/confirm their proposed research area. Following this consultation, the proposed supervisor should be named on the online supplementary questions form.

Course Coordinator
Dr. Jason Harris
School of History
University College Cork
Email:  j.harris@ucc.ie
Tel: +353 (0)21 4903585


The School of History may ask applicants to provide letters of reference if necessary when considering applications. 

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