Postgraduate
HDip in Arts Italian

University College Cork

Course Overview


The Higher Diploma in Arts (Italian) is a conversion course for those with a prior knowledge of Italian who want to study Italian language and culture to honours degree level. Competence in Italian language on entry should be equivalent to the standard in Italian achieved at the end of First Arts.

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 Italian) or who may want to add Italian to their qualifications. The course involves the study of Italian language to BA level and of Italian culture (literature, theatre, cinema, art, media) from Dante to Berlusconi. The course consists of modules to the value of 60 credits taken from Levels II and III of the undergraduate BA degree in Italian.
The subject modules will be chosen by you in consultation with the Head of the Department of Italian or the course coordinator, taking into account timetable constraints and suitability of course combinations. In any case, you must include the 10-credit language module at BA level: the Department will determine, in consultation with you, if additional language study is necessary. The programme of study to be followed may differ for each individual student, depending on the your background, preferred area of specialisation, etc.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 13,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • 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 Italian) or who may want to add Italian to their qualifications.
  • The subject modules will be chosen by you in consultation with the Head of the Department of Italian or the course coordinator, taking into account timetable constraints and suitability of course combinations.
  • The course involves the study of Italian language to BA level and of Italian culture (literature, theatre, cinema, art, media) from Dante to Berlusconi.
  • Staff in the Italian Department are all native speakers of Italian or have a near-native knowledge of Italian language.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

  • It is intended for those who already have a 3 or 4 year primary degree, preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences, and who wish to study Italian intensively over one academic year.
  • The Higher Diploma in Arts is a conversion programme and applicants would not normally have studied the relevant subject to Honours Degree level previously, but you must satisfy the Head of Department that, at the start of the course, your linguistic competence in Italian will allow you to draw benefit from courses at second-year and final-year undergraduate level.

English Requirements

  • DET Minimum Requirements (Duolingo)
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: DET 110-115 + Skills Check, DET 120 or more eligible for full offer.
  • IELTS Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5.
  • TOEFL Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: TOEFL 90 Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing 17
  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Pearson PTE
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


Italian is not widely taught in Irish schools and consequently our student numbers are small compared, for example, to those in French. Demand by employers in Ireland for graduates of Italian, with the strong language and analytical skills you can acquire with us, is currently greater than supply, but many of our graduates also choose to work in Italy or other countries. The Department also has a LinkedIn Group exclusively for its graduates, where information on vacancies is exchanged.
Employers place a high value on graduates with strong language skills of the kind you can acquire by studying Italian at UCC. At a careers session in December 2012, Anne Gough, Grafton Recruitment and Cork Chamber Ambassador, told prospective students that a non-language graduate might start on €25,000, while, in the same company in the Cork area, a graduate with a language would start on €32,500.

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