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gradireland Higher Education Awards & Symposium attendees

Award winners 2017

Postgraduate Course of the Year in Computer Science & IT sponsored by PwC

Winner: University College Cork - MSc in Information Systems for Business Performance

Judge's comments 

"This course has remarkable career progression statistics and an enviable track record in securing national and international funding for research. The high demand for graduates of the course from industry makes it a compelling offering!"

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Postgraduate Course of the Year for Design and Innovation sponsored by Arekibo

Winner: IADT – Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology - MSc. in User Experience (UX) Design

Judge's comments

"This is a highly focused course, designed and led by a great team and fully backed by industry support."

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Postgraduate Course of the Year Award in Health Sciences

Winner: University College Cork - MSc in Clinical Pharmacy

Judge's comments

"This is a very well designed course with strong feedback, clear outputs and an excellent employment record. Good to see innovation in course design to acknowledge the need for work/life balance, providing training in time-management and stress management."

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Postgraduate Course of the Year in Law

Winner: Ulster University - LLM Clinical Legal Education

Judge's comments

"The model for this course is based on unmet needs from research. There is significant evidence of external recognition of the course at both domestic and international level, in addition to a growing corporate reputation. Strong testimonial evidence from a range of stakeholders."

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Postgraduate Course of the Year in Engineering

Winner: University College Cork – Masters in Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Judge's comments

"The strong national and international reputation of this course among both students and employers is striking. Over 10 years the course has developred numerous innovative charateristics, particularly in teaching and learning methodologies."

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Postgraduate Course of the Year in Science sponsored by AbbVie

Joint winners:

 National University of Ireland, Galway, MSc in Biotechnology

Judge's comments

"Well established, strong industry links, solid reputation"

University College Dublin - MSc Actuarial Science

Judge's comments

"Really well thought-through course, with an excellent placement record"

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Postgraduate Course of the Year in Business, Finance & Management sponsored by Lidl

Winner: University College Cork - MSc Corporate Finance

Judge's comments

"100% employment rate - very strong. The consultancy project is an excellent way to build industry relationships and get real work experience. Equally the mentor week is invaluable to get industry insights and build networks."

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Postgraduate Course of the year in Arts & Humanities

Winner: University College Cork: Masters in Youth Work with Community Arts and Sports Studies

Judge's comments

"Clear evidence of the effectiveness and impact of this programme on career development. Excellent interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as innovative tie-ins with relevant external communities. Creative use of music as a medium to develop key skills including communication, all backed up with good stats."

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Best Postgraduate Prospectus sponsored by VS Direct

Winner: Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre Prospectus Autumn 2016

Judge's comments

"Prospectus offers clear and concise evidence of Branding Objectives ,Business and Marketing Objectives along with requested print,circualtion and distribution data and ROI Metrics vs spend.In addition ROI vs spend is excellent , a lot of time and research spent on constant evaluation of the effectiveness of the prospectus and its content. "

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Best New Course

Winner: National University of Ireland, Galway - MSc in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security 

Judge's comments

"So relevant given managing and conserving planet and new ways of looking at the world holistically. Good international focus, leading programme on international front, and demonstrated its unique requirement well."