UCC Postgraduate courses

Celtic Civilisation

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Celtic Civilisation

  • Code

    MACCIV

  • 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

    MA

  • 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

    €16,080

  • Entry Requirements

    Candidates should normally hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in a relevant 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 programme selection committee. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Currently open for late EU applications

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Extended until 31 July 2021

  • Start Date

    13 September 2021

Course Outline

This course is concerned with the history of the Celtic peoples from central Europe to Ireland, and from the early Iron Age into the Middle Ages. The focus is on Ireland's affinities with the outside world: our European inheritance in prehistoric times, and the manner in which Ireland influenced European culture in the early Christian period. Celtic literature, mythology, languages, learning, and the Celtic saints are particular topics of study.

Students are encouraged to develop their skills in a close reading of sources. You will have the opportunity to study medieval Welsh and Latin, and to take advanced courses in literary studies, paleography, and textual editing. Provision has been made for supervised independent research to allow you to broaden and deepen your scholarly interests, while a 20,000-word thesis gives scope to postgraduates to complete a significant piece of work in a specific area of interest.

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify basic Old Irish grammatical forms, and translate sentences which illustrate their use
  • translate selected passages of Medieval Welsh prose
  • transcribe Early Irish texts from manuscript sources
  • write and present a seminar paper on an agreed topic
  • present the results of supervised research on a topic within the discipline in the form of a fully-annotated thesis.


Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part I

  • CC6001 Old Irish (10 credits) 
    OR
  • CC6011 Continuing Old Irish (10 credits)

(Part-time students who register for CC6001 in year 1 may in year 2 substitute one elective modules with CC6011)

Plus 40 credits from the following:

  • CC6004 Medieval Welsh (10 credits)
  • CC6005 Research Seminar (10 credits)
  • CC6006 Special Topic (10 credits)
  • CC6007 Research Presentation (10 credits)
  • CC6008 Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research (10 credits)

Part II

  • CC6009 MA Dissertation (40 credits) - The dissertation, of no less than 20,000 words, must be on a topic chosen in consultation with the Department.

The choice of modules is made in consultation with the student's supervisor and is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator. For further details and module, descriptions see the Postgraduate Academic Calendar

Postgraduate Diploma in Celtic Civilisation: Candidates who pass Part I and opt not to proceed to Part II of the Master’s programme may register for CC6002 (10 credits) and, on successful completion of CC6002, be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Celtic Civilisation. Students must submit CC6002 (comprising of an Annotated Bibliography and Project) to the Department by the second Friday in September in the same academic year or may register for CC6002 in the following academic year (part-time), following completion of Part I.

Candidates who pass Part I and opt to proceed to Part II of the Master’s programme and who fail, or fail to submit, Part II may register for CC6002 in the following academic year (part-time), and upon successful completion, will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Celtic Civilisation.

A student who subsequently applies to continue to Master’s level must do so within 5 academic years of successful completion of Part 1.

Postgraduate Certificate in Celtic Civilisation: Candidates who pass at least 30 credits of taught modules (to include CC6001 or CC6011) may opt to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Celtic Civilisation. A student who subsequently applies to continue to a Master’s must do so within 5 years of successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate. 

Additional Teaching Mode Information

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

Modules

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

For the full-time one-year option, you are required to choose modules to the value of 50 credits. Most modules have a value of 10 credits and involve weekly classes for the duration of the academic year (24 weeks). Depending on options, a full-time student will have a minimum of 5 classes per week (though many will also contain weekly assignments); students may also choose to attend the two-day paleography workshop held annually in early September. For one-on-one supervised studies, and for the 40-credit dissertation, students are expected to meet with their supervisors on a regular basis.

After choosing the modules that you wish to study, you are expected to attend regularly and to participate fully in taught classes. Attendance at Old Irish language classes and at the weekly Department research seminar is compulsory. In areas of supervised study, supervisors for the relevant modules will be organised by the teaching staff of the Department. The thesis topic and supervisor will be chosen by you in consultation with members of staff. The MA in Celtic Civilisation entails a lot of reading and study — happily, the library facilities in UCC are particularly good in our subject area.

The taught modules are generally assessed by continuous assessment and by end-of-year examinations. In paleography and the supervised-study modules, assessment is by essay/project while in the research presentation, public delivery to an academic audience is also assessed. The MA dissertation is graded by an external examiner.

Full details and regulations governing examinations for each course will be contained in the Marks and Standards Book and for each module in the Book of Modules  

The Masters of Arts in Celtic Civilisation is taught by members of the Department of Early and Medieval Irish. All academic staff supervise postgraduates in their areas of scholarly interest.

John Carey

Kevin Murray

Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh

Emma Nic Cárthaigh

Why Choose This Course

During my undergraduate studies, my classes were such an enjoyable experience. The atmosphere was always very relaxed and the lecturers were tremendously helpful.

Marcus Bale

PHD Student

Find Out More

The MA in Celtic Civilisation at UCC offers great training to students interested in the language, literature and culture of the medieval Celtic countries. It provides opportunities for postgraduates to study medieval Irish, medieval Welsh and Latin. You can develop your scholarly potential by directed independent study and taught modules, and by working with staff who are internationally recognised in areas such as medieval Irish Christianity, Celtic mythology, paleography, textual editing, and legendary history. MA students will join a large cohort of international and Irish students already engaged in postgraduate studies in the Department of Early and Medieval Irish, UCC.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Upon successful completion of the Master of Arts in Celtic Civilisation, students often go on to Ph.D. degrees at home and abroad. In recent years, many of our students have received scholarships to study for further degrees in North America, Scotland, Germany and Wales, as well as in Ireland. As we have numerous formal links with higher education institutions overseas, students who avail of the opportunity to pursue their doctoral studies in UCC may elect to spend some time abroad as part of their course.

Skills and Careers Information

An MA degree in Celtic Civilisation, besides preparing you for further study in the field of Celtic Studies, can also provide an additional qualification — and a mark of distinction — for students pursuing advanced degrees in such fields as classics, English, history or medieval studies. It is also a useful qualification for those seeking employment in the heritage and broadcasting sectors.

Requirements

Candidates should normally hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in a relevant 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 programme selection committee.

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.

Deposits:

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.

Questions?

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.

  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

  • Please detail your research interest(s).
  • Please enter the names and email addresses of 2 referees. 

The closing date for non-EU applications is Extended until 31 July 2021

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