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What will I learn?

The Higher Diploma in Arts (Nua-Ghaeilge/Modern Irish) is a conversion course for those with a prior knowledge of Irish who want to study Irish to honours degree level.

It is aimed at graduates who may want to be considered for a master’s course in the subject area subsequently (but do not have an honours degree in Irish) or who may want to add Irish to their qualifications.

The course consists of modules to the value of 60 credits taken from Levels II and III of the undergraduate BA degree in Irish. The subject modules will be chosen by you in consultation with the Department of Irish, taking into account timetable constraints and suitability of course combinations.

Why Choose This Course

This Higher Diploma in Arts Nua-Ghaeilge/Modern Irish offers a unique combination of language and literary teaching, and also includes courses on the study of Ireland's manuscript tradition part of which involves reading Gaelic (insular minuscule) script. This is the only university course offering a thorough overview of Irish literature, from the beginning of writing in Irish, to contemporary literature.

Skills and Careers Information

Apart from obvious career opportunities in teaching and research, graduates of the Department of Modern Irish have, for example, been successful in gaining employment as writers and journalists, and as translators (independent, and with the Oireachtas and the European Commission and European Parliament). Many of our postgraduates are involved in the arts - in poetry and music - and this creative environment is one that is actively encouraged within the Department, and through our involvement with the Munster Gaeltacht areas.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
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Application deadline

15 June 2022

More details

Start date

September 2022


University College Cork

College Road,


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have High School Diploma PLUS SAT 1/ACT. Consideration is given to the High School Grade Point Average (GPA) and SAT or ACT scores. Applicants are expected to have completed 4 years of English, at least 3 years of Math, (4 years recommended) at least 2 years of History/Social Science and a language and at least 2 years of a laboratory science subject (4 years recommended). Though not required for all programmes, SAT Subject Tests, Honours, Advanced Placement, and Early College Experience courses are considered, where they benefit the applicant. Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 High School Diploma PLUS New SAT: Minimum 1140 or ACT: 23. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL A minimum score of 600 (250 computer based).

For international students

Applications will normally be considered from applicants whose qualifications are equivalent to a UCC Bachelor (Hons) degree and whose grades are equivalent to a UCC Second-Class Honours Grade 1 or Second-Class Honours Grade 2 as appropriate. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Duolingo English Test: DET 110-115 + Skills Check, DET 120 or more eligible for full offer.

IELTS: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5

TOEFL 90 Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing 17

Cambridge Proficiency Exam: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Cambridge Advanced Exam: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Pearson PTE: Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51

Application deadline: June/15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University College Cork

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  • Over 3,000 international students
  • Over 90% of graduates secure employment after graduating