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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


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

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Tara Prendeville
Adult Training and Education Studies
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island
Tel: 091 494061
Fax: 091 528905

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)

Assessment method

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.

Application date

Early application is advised as offers will be made on a rolling basis.

A limited number of applications may be accepted after the official application closing date, subject to the availability of places.

* Please note applicants are not required to complete the section relating to Leaving Cert results.


The closing dates for each course varies, but are typically from mid-July to late August each academic year.

Application Procedure
You complete an application form online by logging onto apply.

On the online application form, you provide your contact details, and outline your educational background, any previous courses undertaken and any additional information that may be required to assess your suitability for the course for which you are applying. You will also be required to upload a copy of your birth certificate or passport and the course application fee (non-refundable), which is around €30.

Consult the course information page in the prospectus for details on closing dates and make sure that you adhere to these dates. The process of assessing applications and offering places may take between four and six weeks. Additional registration details and communication from the relevant department will be issued to you approximately two weeks before the course commences, informing you of the registration date and lecture times for the course.

Course fee

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 and start dates

Start Date September 2018

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