Adult Learning & Development

Who is this course for:
• Further education teachers
• Vocational trainers, instructors, tutors, supervisors, managers
• Instructional designers
• Educational consultants
• Human resource specialists
• Self-employed trainers
• Those practising or planning careers as training or instructional specialists in the educational, industrial, commercial, voluntary or community sectors

This course offers education, training and human resources practitioners the opportunity to enhance their professional competence by extending and deepening their knowledge and understanding of the theories, practices and contexts of adult learning and development.

The course encompasses knowledge of learning theories and processes to enable effective integration of theory and practice in adult learning and development approaches. Students will learn about people development in the workplace, fostering transferable skills, responding to issues and trends in the practice of lifelong learning, managing the education and training environment and the pedagogy and design of online learning. These skills will help learners develop the professional competence needed to practically respond to the rapidly changing field of education and training.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a:
• 2.2 Honours undergraduate degree
• Minimum three years' experience in a relevant area

Assessment Info

Assessment includes written assignments, practical projects, online contributions and reflective learning journals. Students complete a research-based dissertation in the second year of the course.

Note: Students who gain 60 ECTS may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Learning and Development.

Subjects taught

Modules - YEAR 1
ECTS Workshops
Human Resource Development and Training for Work
The Psychology of Adult Learning and Development
Adult Learning Theories and Concepts
Teaching and Learning Online
Lifelong Learning: Concepts, Context and Issues
Social Science Research

Modules - YEAR 2

Learning and the Individual
Management and Leadership in Training and Education (Elective)
Online Learning Design (Elective)




2 years, part-time.
Mode of study: Blended learning.


Fees: (per annum)
EU: Year 1 €4,200, Year 2* €3,700
Non-EU: Year 1 €4,700, Year 2 €4,200

*The Postgraduate Diploma has an EU
fee of €1,250 (Non-EU: €1,750) for Year 2.

Enrolment dates

Start Date September

Post Course Info

What career or further study opportunities are there?
Successful students may continue their postgraduate studies. Career opportunities occur as training and instructional specialists in the further education and training sector, voluntary and community-based training organisations and in the human resources and staff development areas of a wide range of public and private organisations and businesses. Opportunities also exist with private training providers and in the corporate training and professional development sectors.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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