Folklore (Irish Folklore) HDip in Arts

University College Cork    College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Full time & Part time September Other 1 year full time, 2 years part time
History & Archaeology (19)

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The Higher Diploma in Folklore (Irish Folklore) at UCC offers a unique opportunity to explore the rich cultural expressions and everyday life in Ireland. As one of only two departments in Ireland dedicated to the study of folklore, UCC's Department of Folklore provides valuable insights into Irish traditions and popular culture. This intensive programme is designed for individuals who already hold a primary degree and wish to delve deeper into the subject over one or two academic years. With modules covering topics such as oral literature, popular religion, and material culture, students will develop skills in research, ethnographic fieldwork, and archival analysis. Graduates can pursue careers in journalism, teaching, the heritage sector, and academia.

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The Higher Diploma in Folklore gives you the opportunity to study everyday life in Ireland, in all of its rich diversity and its vast range of cultural expressions. Folklore, like its synonym popular culture, makes a study of everyday life, both past and present. Quite simply, it studies life by looking at how people lived their day-to-day lives: their houses, technologies, stories, rituals, beliefs, religion and cosmological understandings.

Folklore has a special place in the formation of Irish consciousness, in literature, and is one of the most important hallmarks of Irish culture. The Department of Folklore at UCC is ideally placed to offer unique insights into Irish life, popular culture and traditions. It is one of only two such departments in Ireland.

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Entry Requirements

It is intended for those who already have a 3 or 4 year primary degree and who wish to study the subject Folklore intensively over one or two academic years. The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously.

Applicants are asked to study the modules offered before applying, to ensure that they are aware of the approach taken to the study of Folklore in the Department of Folklore and Ethnology at UCC.


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 €16,400.

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