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Certificate in Irish Studies

Course Fact File
DurationFull Academic Year (September – May)
Fees€14,400 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing DateApplications close in June
Start DateApplications open in March

Course Outline

Course Outline

The Certificate in Irish Studies is an interdisciplinary course for visiting students. It draws on a number of academic disciplines which aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the whole range of the rich, indigenous Irish cultural tradition over two millennia The modules selected for inclusion in the course are those which reflect the earlier cultures of these islands, and of Ireland in particular, but also with reference to Scotland and Wales. The contributing departments are Early and Medieval Irish, Modern Irish, Archaeology, History and Folklore.

For students interested specifically in the Irish language, a weekend in an Irish-speaking area (Gaeltacht) is arranged (through the Centre for Spoken Irish) at Dún Chíomháin, the university’s Gaeltacht site in beautiful west Kerry.

Those pursuing the Certificate select modules totalling 50 credits.

The choice of modules is made in consultation with the student’s supervisor and is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator.

Core Modules (30-35 credits)

  • AR2111 Irish Archaeology: Prehistoric, ‘Celtic’ and Historic (10 credit module)
  • CC3010 Early Irish I (5 credits)
  • CC3011 Early Irish (5 credits) and/orCC2250 Ancient Ireland (5 credits)
  • GA1120 Introduction to Modern Irish (5 credits)
  • HI3052 From Pagans to Christians (5 credits)

Elective Modules (15-20 credits)

The availability of elective modules may vary depending on timetables. Please note that not all elective modules may be offered in any one year

  • AR2034 The Archaeology of Early Medieval and Viking Britain (5 credits)
  • AR3037 The Viking World and Ireland (5 credits)
  • AR3052 Beyond the Celtic World – Iron Age Ireland (5 credits)
  • CC1111 The Ancient Celts (5 credits)
  • CC1112 Celtic Religion and Mythology (5 credits)
  • CC1113 Celtic Literature (5 credits)
  • CC2003 Exile and Longing: Early Celtic Lyric Poetry (5 credits)
  • CC2002 Celtic Saints (5 credits)
  • CC2006 Learning and Society in the Celtic Countries (5 credits)
  • CC2007 The Celtic Languages (5 credits)
  • CC2011 Gender, Image and Identity in Medieval Ireland (5 credits)
  • CC2013 The Finn Cycle (5 credits)
  • CC3001 The Mabinogi: Legends of Medieval Wales (5 credits)
  • CC3003 Ireland and Scotland: The Gaelic World in the Middle Ages (5 credits)
  • CC3006 Irish Historical Tales (5 credits)
  • CC3012 The Roots of the Arthurian Legend (5 credits)
  • CC3013 Medieval Manuscript Culture (5 credits)
  • CC3014 Devotion and Belief in Early Ireland (5 credits)
  • FL2111 Aspects of Irish Folklore (5 credits)
  • GA1121 Intermediate Modern Irish (10 credits)
  • GA2022 The Literature and Culture of Ireland through Time (5 credits)
  • HI2031 Ireland and Rome: History, Culture and Contact (5 credits)
  • HI3200 History Research Seminar [Monastic Ireland: from origins to dissolution] (10 credits) 


Additional Teaching Mode Information

Lectures/Seminars/Practicals/Field Trips

Course Practicalities

The full course runs for two semesters (i.e. one academic year). Those pursuing the Certificate select modules totalling 50 UCC credits. Students are required to take a number of core modules and the remainder from those offered by the contributing departments.

Assessment is usually by written examination and by work submitted during the academic year. Formal examinations are held in December and May. Departmental/School examinations and assessments take place at various times during the academic year.

Why Choose This Course

The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at UCC has headline-strengths in the field of Irish Studies. The Certificate in Irish Studies harnesses these strengths to enable you to develop advanced critical understandings of this exciting field of study. A particular merit of the course is that it combines coherence of approach and focused teaching with an exceptional range of subject matter

Skills and Careers Information

The certificate serves as a stepping-stone to a wide range of career opportunities. It can facilitate entry into MA/MPhil programmes in Irish Studies and related fields, which in turn can lead to careers in academia


The minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement for admission to the programme is normally 3.0 out of 4.0

Fees and Costs

See Visiting US and Non-EU Students for fee details 

How To Apply

See Visiting US and Non-EU Students for details on how to apply

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact