Technical Writing

The aim of this distance learning programme is to offer flexible access to certification through distance learning for people who lack qualifications in Technical Communication. This programme emphasises that the job of a technical writer entails more than writing - graphics, cultural issues, layout and design all play a part and students receive tuition on all of these areas.

Entry requirements

Normally, a primary degree in any discipline is required for admission to the course. Prior experience working as a technical writer or instructional designer will also be an advantage. Applicants lacking a formal degree can apply to be considered through RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) using the standard application form, but they must provide evidence of relevant prior learning and experience.

Applicants must have a high standard of written English.

Applicants must be proficient computer users. Whilst an ECDL qualification is not compulsory, applicants should have a similar level of computer experience i.e. a very good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and the Internet.

Applicants must have access to the Internet (Broadband ideally), as the course is delivered online.

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Year 1

Autumn Semester
• Content
• Principles of Professional & Technical Communication & Information Design

Spring Semester
• Workplace Issues in Technical & Professional Communication

Year 2 programme content:
• Instructional Design.
• Interactive Courseware Workshop


2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Graduate Profile
Graduates will be unique in Ireland, qualified to work as technical writers and in a variety of related roles such as editing, web design, and technology journalism. In addition, graduates may be eligible to gain employment in the areas of instructional design and e-learning as they also receive tuition in these areas. Typically, our graduates gain employment in Ireland but as the programme is University accredited, it is also possible to gain employment abroad.

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    Graduate Certificate

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