What is a conversion course and why do it?

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Conversion courses offer students the opportunity to take up a postgraduate qualification in an area where they do not have previous experience. Taking a conversion course allows students to change direction from their undergraduate degree.

If you have just finished a course but strongly feel like changing direction, or if you have an undergraduate degree and a few years work experience but know you would like to get into a different area, then a conversion course might be the right option for you.

Why take a postgraduate conversion course?

– Change study direction.

– Change career path.

– Study a subject that you have no previous experience in, but have always wanted to study.

– Enhance your job prospects.

In UCC we have a wide variety of conversion courses on offer. So why not think about converting to IT, Business, Humanities, Psychology or any of the many choices outlined below.

Accounting and Corporate Finance (HDip)
Archaeology (HDip in Arts)
Art History – History of Art (HDip in Arts)
Asian Business (MSc)
Biology – Marine Biology Conversion Programme (PG Cert)
Béaloideas (HDip in Arts)
Celtic Civilisation (HDip in Arts)
Computer Science – Applied Computing Technology (HDip)
Computer Science – Interactive Media (MSc)
Co-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development (PG Dip)
Creative Writing (MA)
Digital Arts and Humanities (MA)
Digital Cultures (MA)
Economics (Competition Governance and Society) (HDip)
Electronic Business (MSc)
English (HDip in Arts)
Executive MBA (MBA)
Folklore – Irish Folklore (HDip in Arts)
French (HDip in Arts)
Gaelic Literature (MA)
Geography (HDip in Arts)
German (HDip in Arts)
Greek and Roman Civilisation (HDip in Arts)
History (HDip in Arts)
Information Systems for Business Performance (MSc)
Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship (MSc)
International Public Policy and Diplomacy (MSc)
Irish – Nua-Ghaeilge/Modern Irish (HDip in Arts)
Irish Studies: Identities and Representations (MA)
Italian (HDip in Arts)
Management and Marketing (MSc)
Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems (MSc)
Museum Studies (MA)
Music (HDip in Arts)
Philosophy (HDip in Arts)
Politics (HDip in Arts)
Psychology (Conversion Course) (HDip)
Religion – Study of Religions (HDip in Arts)
Social Policy (HDip)
Sociology (HDip in Arts)
Spanish (HDip in Arts)
Women’s Studies (MA)

Let UCC pay for your Masters in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UCC

scholarships in arts, humanities, university college cork, irelandThe College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences in UCC are inviting applications for their Excellence Scholarships (Masters) from Humanities and Social Sciences graduates (excluding Mathematics, Law and Commerce/Business) who wish to carry out a Taught Masters programme commencing in September 2015 in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (CACSSS) at University College Cork, Ireland.

Relevant Masters programmes are listed here.

Rules and how to apply

  • Applicants must have at least Second Class Honours (Grade 1) or equivalent in their first or subsequent degree.
  • The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and will cover EU tuition fees.
  • The closing date for receipt of applications and all supporting materials is 5pm on Monday 27th April 2015.
  • The Application Form, the Terms and Conditions, and the Referee Report Form can be downloaded from this website.

Please email graduateschool.cacsss@ucc.ie for further details.



Masters in Food Science at UCC


Blog by Jason Lynam

In September 2014 I started my Masters in Food Science at UCC, and I can say to date that it has been a very enjoyable experience. When I started my undergraduate science course I was unsure of what I wanted to do after college, and that’s when I started looking into my postgraduate course options. My love of food and my experience in science culminated in what seemed like the perfect choice of future career, as a food scientist.

In order to attain this career I found that there were a number of possible options within Ireland and for me I was looking at all courses with a non-biased approach. Whichever course was best I was going to go for, and as you can garner from reading this UCC won on all fronts.

UCC ranks 4th worldwide in terms of food science, which makes it an excellent addition to the CV of any food scientist, and after spending the last number of months here I can see why it has achieved this position. One thing that is clear within UCC that I would say is far more apparent than in other universities, is that UCCs staff is among the most creative and helpful I have ever come across, and they will do there upmost to ensure that you achieve the most of your potential.

This is far easier than you imagine, as all the lecturers show their passion for their individual subject areas while lecturing, which makes every day of lectures an enjoyable experience.

The course provides a large number of choices in terms of modules and allows you to pick areas that you would find interesting and that can be tailored to whatever direction you would like your future career to take. For me I would love to go into research and development once I have completed this course, and through undertaking the masters’ research project you get a real feel for what you can anticipate and what is expected of you in your future employment.

For future students the advice that I would give is that, if you want a course that is more than you just an academic learning experience and one that provides you with a massive amount of hands on involvement, UCC is your best choice. As after completing almost half my course I can say that it was an excellent choice of course and that I would recommend it highly to anyone that has even the slightly inclination towards pursuing a career within the food science industry.


Studying a masters at University College Cork, Ireland and life after


Blog by Jana Borchers, MA in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies

The decision to graduate from the MA in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies MACMDS at the University College Cork UCC has been one of the best decisions I have made in my professional life and I have never regretted to come to Ireland to study.

At the time of application, I lived in New Zealand and at first was not sure if I wanted to take the big step and return to Europe after all those years. However, these fears were quickly resolved as various members of staff and particularly the Head of Programme Dr Liam Coakley managed to make me feel welcome and appreciated and answered all my inquiries despite the great geographical and time difference.

Upon arrival in Cork, I quickly noticed that my decision sure had been the right one for me: my fellow students were an interesting and friendly bunch – a mix of Irish and international people, some young and some mature like me, who liked to help each other with lecture notes, assignments and integration into the Irish way of life; our lecturers were always there for us – they took the time to listen to our ideas and thoughts as well as problems and assisted us in finding our individual fields of interest and eventually thesis topics; UCC with its many study halls and student associations was a great place to learn, but also to make friends and relax after classes; and finally the City of Cork that picturesquely lies at the River Lee and that has to offer all the Irish charm I was hoping for and that I miss dearly now that I have left.

Regarding the content of the MACMDS, the Head of Programme was concerned with providing us with a varied insight into the many fields of migration studies. We learned about theories of migration, contemporary migratory patterns, EU and Irish legislation, integration, diasporas, research methods and much more as well as refugee and human rights law or practical work with migrants (we could choose between these two last courses). The lectures were always very interesting with many migration practitioners coming in to talk to us about their work and current issues in Ireland – in my opinion the best way to learn, but also to make contacts that we could use during our dissertation research period or even later during our working lives.

Due to the education I got at UCC, I was able to find full-time employment in a reception facility for asylum seekers in Germany only one month after I had handed in my thesis. I like my job very much – it is challenging and different every day because of the great variety of migrants I meet and talk to. However, I hope that in the future I will be able to proceed with my academic career and start a Ph.D. in migration studies. Either way, I am certain that the many skills I gained during the MACMDS, will continue to contribute significantly to the success of my professional life.