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NUI Galway – Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development

Nun's Island, Galway City, Galway, Republic of Ireland

It is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. As a tertiary-level educational institution, NUI Galway is ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world.

At the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at NUI Galway, we offer an extensive range of Professional, Part-time and Evening courses. Our flexible courses allow you to study at your own pace in a wide range of subject areas.

Whether you want to improve your skills for employment or for your own personal development, NUI Galway has the course for you! We have over forty years’ experience working with adult learners, local communities and organisations. We offer a wide range of affordable and flexible part-time courses in a variety of subject areas such as Business & Management, Science & Technology, Arts & Social Sciences, Community Education, Early Childhood Studies and Training & Education – as well as short courses, CPD courses, Springboard courses and online courses.

NUI Galway is located on the west of Ireland, surrounded by the beautiful and spectacular landscapes of the Wild Atlantic Way. Galway city is one of Ireland’s most vibrant and diverse hubs that caters a distinct culture for tourists and its NUI students. Today, NUI Galway has over ninety buildings on its campus overlooking the River Corrib, offering picturesque scenery for its students.

Adult Learning and Development (Masters)

The Master of Arts Degree in Adult Learning and Development is intended to give training, education and human resource practitioners the opportunity to: Extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of theories underlying adult learning, training, education and development; Apply critical analysis and problem solving skills in the development of new knowledge and practice to…

Adult Learning and Teaching (Masters)

Courses will commence September 2019 With increased demands for effective management of learning environments and an increased focus on online and eLearning, the field of teaching, training, education and learning constantly presents practitioner challenges. Professional effectiveness in the field demands a knowledge, skills and competence base that is underscored by an understanding of the practical…

Archaeology (Diploma)

The course aims to equip participants with a sound knowledge of Ireland’s archaeological heritage from the earliest settlers to the medieval period. It consists of lectures, fieldwork and project work. The course offers a general introduction to the field monuments and material culture of some nine millennia of the Irish past. You will be introduced…

Archaeology of Ireland-Online (Diploma)

Courses will commence September 2019 The Diploma in Irish Archaeology (Online) is aimed at anyone with an interest in the past, in archaeology, and/or Ireland. It can be enjoyed on several levels – as a general interest undertaking, a social learning experience, or a career-related qualification. The course caters for everyone and is enriched by…

Automation and Control (Specialist Diploma)

The specialist diploma awards are particularly suitable for students requiring medium-term upskilling for career advancement or for those interested in focused study in this subject area for personal or topical interest. The specialist diplomas are linked to the degree cycle of the modular programme in Science & Technology Studies which allow students to specialise by…

Business Studies Online (Higher Diploma)

The Higher Diploma in Business Studies (part-time) is designed to provide non-business graduates with a well-rounded understanding of business.  This course provides training in the fundamental skills of business administration which enables graduates to play an active role in the development and management of business enterprises. Emphasis is placed on individual and group assignments, focusing…

Business/Commerce (Foundation Course)

This programme is designed for individuals who have been out of the formal education system for some time and now wish to begin third level studies in the areas of Business, Law or Arts. The preparatory nature of the programme builds up participants’ confidence in their academic ability and equips them with skills that will…

Business/Commerce Degree (B.Comm)

Part-time Business/Commerce Degree course at NUI Galway. Courses will commence September 2019 This  programme gives you maximum flexibility to study anytime, anywhere to achieve a Bachelor Degree in Commerce.  This part time Bachelor of Commerce is a four-year programme in business education, delivered mostly online.  The programme will help students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary…

Change Management (Diploma)

This course aims to develop effective and responsible change agents who have the capacity to implement strategic plans within their areas of organisational responsibility (e.g. administration, course delivery, co-ordination). The course emphasises the development of skills, competencies and team-building around three modules: strategic planning and implementation; leading others; and self-management. This course is suitable for:…

Community Development Practice (Cert/Diploma)

The Certificate/Diploma in Community Development Practice are part-time courses, designed to enable community activists gain a thorough understanding of community development combined with the practical skills necessary to work effectively in development work.

Community, Youth and Family Studies (Cert/Diploma/Degree)

This programme is designed to enable participants to further develop and enhance their understanding, knowledge and skills relevant to Family, Youth and Community work practice and policy in Ireland or abroad. The main focus of the Degree programme will be on Community, Youth and Family studies, but will broadly incorporate community development, family support, adolescence,…

Corporate Environmental Planning (Specialist Diploma)

This is a new practice-based course developed by NUI Galway and Next Level Skillnet. This Environmental Sustainability course provides an overview of the evolution of environmental planning and management and its relationship to society and industry today. Drawing on contemporary examples, this course will explore the roots and principles of environmental planning and management in…

Dioplóma sa Chultúr Dúchais

Courses will commence September 2019 Tá an cúrsa páirtaimseartha seo dírithe ar dhaoine a bhfuil spéis acu i gcultúr dúchais agus i mbéaloideas na hÉireann. Is é aidhm an chúrsa eolas a roinnt le rannpháirtithe le go bhfaighidh siad léargas ar shaibhreas an chultúir sin. I measc na n-ábhar a chlúdaítear tá: Deasghnátha, nósanna agus…

Early Childhood Studies and Practice (Cert/Diploma/Degree)

The Diploma/Bachelor of Arts (Early Childhood Studies and Practice) has been developed to meet the identified needs of practitioners in the childcare sector who wish to pursue further education and training in a flexible manner, complimenting and supporting continued employment.

Early Childhood Studies and Practice (Masters)

The Masters of Arts (Early Childhood Studies) has been developed to meet the needs of professionals working in or supporting the early years care and education sector, and may also be attractive to individuals with a particular interest in the area. The course is designed to complement and support continued employment, however, it is not…

Earth and Ocean Sciences (Diploma)

The Diploma in Scientific Studies (Earth & Ocean Sciences) aims to provide students with a broad introduction to the study of the Earth’s solid geology and its coastal ocean, with hands-on, practical experience of the techniques employed within the fields of geology, oceanography, and Earth observation. The course will appeal to those with an interest…

Employee Assistance & Social Support (Diploma)

The Certificate course focuses on building basic knowledge and skills for the practice of employee assistance, while the Diploma course in Year 2 further expands these core competencies. Participants will develop the competence to use a range of interpersonal skills to respond to the needs of their clients within the workplace. Participants will learn about…

English and Drama (Diploma)

Courses will commence September 2019 The Diploma in English & Drama aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of literary analysis.  Students learn to deal with issues of genre and style, to apply diverse critical perspectives and to recognise the ways in which literature and theatre functions in society. Through a detailed study of poets,…

Form & Function of the Human Body (Specialist Diploma)

The specialist diploma awards are particularly suitable for students requiring medium-term upskilling for career advancement or for those interested in focused study in this subject area for personal or topical interest. The specialist diplomas are linked to the degree cycle of the modular programme in Science & Technology Studies which allow students to specialise by…

French (Diploma)

The Diploma in French, at NUI Galway is designed for students with an interest in French to acquire a high level of communication skills in the language (oral and written) through a variety of practical language exercises. Great emphasis is placed on continuous assessment and feedback to students. Students will study major issues in the contemporary…

Gaeilge Fheidhmeach

Beidh an cruinneas na teanga chomh maith le litrocht mar chrolr an chrsa. Cldidh siollabas na cime: Cruinneas na Gaeilge; crsa litrochta, baloidis agus staire cultrtha; gnithe den aistrichn agus den iriseoireacht.

Gemmology (Diploma)

For people with no previous training in gemmology but who have an interest in gemstones, as well as for those working in the jewellery and related trades. The Diploma course aims to provide students with a broad introduction to the study of precious and semi-precious gemstones, demonstrating laboratory techniques used to identify gemstones and provides…

German course (Diploma)

This German course will help students develop the skills to communicate successfully in the German-speaking world. Through the course’s module on German culture, students will gain a deeper insights into a region that plays a vital role in central Europe’s intellectual and economic life, as well as in its cultural history. In its language and culture…

Health Promotion (Postgraduate Certificate)

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Promotion – Approaches To Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Prevention This course aims to provide candidates with professional education and training in the principles and practice of health promotion as applied to the promotion of cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention. Students will learn about health promotion theory and its application to the…

Health Promotion - Workplace Wellness

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Promotion in Workplace Wellness has been jointly developed by NUI Galway and the Departments of Health, and Business, Enterprise and Innovation under the Healthy Ireland Framework. The course is suitable for a variety of professions and settings. It is particularly suited to those working in Health Promotion, Human Resources, Management, Public…

Health Promotion - Oral Health

The course encompasses a body of specialist knowledge and skills on health promotion, the causes of oral ill-health and oral health promotion. Students will learn about health promotion theory and integrating theory into practice. Health promotion course development is studied and students will develop skills in implementing evidence-based interventions. Communication and facilitation skills are developed.

History (Diploma)

The Diploma in History seeks to analyse and explain the development of human society over time. The history modules are very broad, covering a range of chronological periods; the historical experience of different countries, major themes in human society and the processes of cultural change. The Diploma aims to introduce students to the nature of…

Humanities & Social Sciences (Degree/Diploma)

The Diploma/Bachelor of Arts (Humanities and Social Science), delivered via blended learning, prepares students to progress in the rapidly changing global environment. Our flexible, broad-based curriculum allows you to choose a degree pathway that reflects your individual interests and career objectives. The curriculum includes specialisms in Archaeology, Economics, English & Drama, History, Training & Education…

Innovation Management (Postgraduate Diploma)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation Management is a 1-year, part-time, blended-learning course. The course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to assist companies in their drive towards establishing an innovative business environment. Through a diverse curriculum in innovation theory and practice, and a work-related project in innovation and management, this course hopes to produce…

Irish (Diploma) - Level A2 and B2

The Diploma in Irish (Level A2) provides a basic knowledge and understanding of Irish to students who have no prior knowledge of the language while the level B2 course aims to develop and foster language skills of students who have prior knowledge of the language. Throughout the Diploma in Irish, student’s communicative skills will be…

Irish - Level A2 & Level B1

Who is this course for: The level A2 course is suitable for students who have no prior knowledge of the language The level B1 course is suitable for students who are able to communicate at a basic level in Irish and/or have previously studied the language Course Profile Aim To develop students understanding of the…

Irish Studies Online (Diploma)

Irish Studies Online (Diploma) is an interdisciplinary introduction to Irish Studies, developed by the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway. This course offers an excellent opportunity for those interested in Ireland, especially those without access to traditional programmes of study in this area. The purpose of the Irish Studies Online (Diploma) is to provide a…

Italian (Diploma)

The Diploma in Italian introduces students to the basics of the Italian language and assists them in developing their language competence in relation to the common situations of everyday life. The course concentrates on all four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and uses authentic material, carefully selected, to provide a gradual introduction…

Italian Online (Diploma) - Beginners

Welcome to the first Online Diploma in Italian for Beginners, developed by an Irish University. You are going to be part of a groundbreaking experience which, employing the latest skills in e-learning, will enable you to study a language in your own time, wherever you are, and as part of a community of e-learners. There…

Italian Online (Diploma) - Intermediate

Welcome to the first Online Diploma in Italian developed by an Irish University, NUI Galway. You are going to be part of a groundbreaking experience which, employing the latest skills in e-learning, will enable you to study a language in your own time, wherever you are, and as part of a community of e-learners. There…

Leadership Development (Masters)

The Leadership programme (Masters) aims to develop you as an effective and responsible leader who has the capacity to develop and implement strategic plans, lead and manage organisational change, enhance employee performance, engage in effective business negotiations, creatively solve complex problems and embed ethical approaches to deliver excellence. The MSc in Leadership is competed in two…

Lean and Quality Systems (Specialist Diploma)

The specialist diploma awards are particularly suitable for students requiring medium-term upskilling for career advancement or for those interested in focused study in this subject area for personal or topical interest. They are linked to the degree cycle of the modular programme in Science & Technology Studies which allow students to specialise by choosing from…

Management (Diploma)

The Diploma in Management is aimed at students who seek a management qualification to develop their careers.  Students will be equipped with key concepts, knowledge and skills to enable them to embark on a career in management.  Graduates may be employable in a range of industries and sectors. The modules in this Diploma provide a…

Marketing (Diploma)

The part-time Diploma in Marketing is designed to meet the needs of mature students with work and family commitments. The online flexible mode of delivery allows you to study at times that suit your schedule, from any location (with internet access). This Diploma in Marketing is aimed at those seeking a marketing qualification to develop…

Medical Device Science (Specialist Diploma)

The specialist diploma awards are particularly suitable for students requiring medium-term upskilling for career advancement or for those interested in focused study in this subject area for personal or topical interest. The specialist diplomas are linked to the degree cycle of the modular programme in Science & Technology Studies which allow students to specialise by…

Political Science and Sociology (Diploma)

The Diploma in Political Science and Sociology is designed to encourage students to examine the connections between political and sociological perspectives in relation to both national and international issues. One of the common concerns of Political Science and Sociology is how and why societies change and what alternatives are desirable or possible. This course is…

Politics and Society (Higher Diploma)

This course was designed to meet the needs of second level teachers who, either wish to teach or are currently teaching ‘Politics and Society’ on the Leaving Certificate curriculum. The course focuses on content which directly corresponds with the four strands of learning identified on the curriculum, thus providing students with the skills, knowledge, learning…

Practice Based Play Therapy (PG Cert/Dip)

The Postgraduate Certificate /Diploma in Practice Based Play Therapy has been developed to meet the identified needs of practitioners in the play therapy sector who wish to pursue accredited programmes of study in a flexible manner, complimenting and supporting continued employment.

Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education)

The Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education) provides the further education student teachers with the professional knowledge, understanding and pedagogical skills required to carry out their teaching roles and responsibilities. The course has been specifically developed to meet the needs of persons working in the Further Education sector who wish to register with the Teaching…

Psychology of Counselling (Diploma)

This part-time course aims to provide a good, basic grounding in the psychology of lifespan development and major psychological theories of personality and their application to counselling. The practical aspects of the course include basic counselling skills and group facilitation of personal development.

Science and Technology Studies

20 modules to be completed in a minimum of 2 years. The core modules are in the areas of production science and operations and systems management. The elective streams will enable students to specialise and deepen their knowledge in two of the following areas: Lean and Quality Systems, Medical Device Science, Environmental Sustainability, Form and…

Science Technology and Engineering - Foundation Studies

Who is this course for: This courses is designed for individuals who have been out of the formal education system for some time and now wish to begin third level studies in the areas of science, technology or engineering. Course Profile Aim To prepare students in academic and core modules to progress to degrees in…

Short Courses (non-accredited)

The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development offers a series of short, non-accredited courses in a number of different subject areas. Designed for students with an interest in the subjects on offer, these courses may provide you with an opportunity to meet interesting people to discuss your ideas with, to find out more about…

Social Care (Cert/Dip/Degree)

The Bachelor of Arts (Social Care) provides teaching of theoretical concepts applied to social care practice. It was developed in response to the continuing educational needs of social care workers in the context of the professionalisation of social care work and includes both theoretical and practice components. The BA Social Care reflects the depth and…

Software Engineering & Database Technologies (Masters)

The Software Engineering & Database Technologies (Masters) course aims to provide a flexible, part-time, online learning route for students to gain the necessary professional skills, conceptual frameworks, methods, technologies and hands-on experience of software development as a basis for a career in the IT industry. This Masters is designed to advance your knowledge of software engineering…

Software Engineering (Diploma)

This fully online diploma [NFQ Level 8] in Software Engineering provides a focused programme of study in the area of software design and development, providing an insight into technical skills and modern industry techniques. Computer programming and design are studied along with a number of important software engineering methodologies.

Spanish (Diploma)

The Diploma in Spanish introduces students to the basic elements of Spanish and includes the study of a selection of social and cultural issues in the contemporary Spanish-speaking world. Learning Spanish will be of interest to students for a number of different reasons. Knowledge of the language will be of benefit to all of those…

Technology Commercialisation (PG Diploma)

This course is targeted at entrepreneurs and managers responsible for technology commercialisation, R&D and business development and at individual entrepreneurs. The course will enhance your understanding of innovation frameworks and practices, venture capital financing, business strategy and management, marketing and technology development. You will participate in project activities that will aid your understanding of the…

Technology Enhanced Learning (Diploma)

The Diploma in Technology Enhanced Learning is specifically targeted at practitioners managers and leaders who have an interest in exploring and leveraging the opportunities of incorporating digital learning practice and strategy in their professional contexts (e.g. in the areas of Teaching and Learning, Learning and Development, Change Management and Strategic Leadership). Through hands-on activities this…

Technology Management (Masters)

This course provides participants with an insight into the role of technology management within the Irish and international economy. The course aims to develop your knowledge of product and service innovation, technology transfer, and research & development processes, thus enabling participants and companies to gain competitive advantage through their technology.

TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Postgraduate Certificate)

The TEFL – Teaching English as a Foreign Language Postgraduate Certificate course is designed to give students the necessary skills for effective TEFL teaching for a range of levels and student populations. It provides theoretical information in TEFL methodologies and language learning, practical language teaching skills through classroom activities, peer-teaching and observed teaching practice sessions…

Training and Education (Cert/Dip/Degree)

Courses are designed for vocational trainers, educational consultants, human resource specialists and those practising or planning a career as trainers in the educational, industrial, commercial, voluntary and community sectors. This course aims to develop the knowledge and skills of training professionals in line with national and European competencies and standards. The NUI Galway courses benefit…

Youth and Community Development Practice Outreach (Diploma)

Courses will commence September 2019 This programme is accredited by NUI Galway.  It is provided through a collaborative partnership with the Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB).    The Diploma in Youth and Community Development Practice is a one-year part-time course designed to enable community activists and youth workers gain a thorough understanding of…

Youth Work Practice

The course has been designed in collaboration with organisations/employers in the wider youth work sector to ensure that you are equipped to work in a variety of settings. As a part-time course, using blended learning methods, you can structure your learning and study time while working in a youth work environment. The course is conducted…

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