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Adult Learning & Development

Who’s Suited to This Course

Our students have come from a wide range of backgrounds such as; further education teachers, instructional designers, educational consultants, human resource specialists and self-employed trainers.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

1.Academic: Candidates must have achieved a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree.
.Technological: Candidates must have computer proficiency and access to the internet.

3.Experiential: Candidates must possess a minimum of three years’ experience in training and education or other relevant experience.

Candidates for entry may be required to attend for interview prior to being offered a place on the programme. The number of places will be restricted.


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

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

You may find career opportunities in the further education and training sector and in voluntary & community-based training organisations. You may also find employment in human resources and staff development areas of a wide range of 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

Course Outline

1LD1 Timetable‌

Students will attend 1-day and 2-day workshops throughout the academic year (see below). This usually amounts to 14 days in total.

Modules - YEAR 1 ECTS Workshops
Human Resource Development and Training for Work 5 1 day
The Psychology of Adult Learning and Development 10 2 days
Adult Learning Theories and Concepts 5 1 day
Teaching and Learning Online 5 1 day
Lifelong Learning: Concepts, Context and Issues 10 2 days
Social Science Research 10 2 days

Modules - YEAR 2

Learning and the Individual 5 1 day
Management and Leadership in Training and Education (Elective) 10 2 days
Online Learning Design (Elective) 10 1 days
Dissertation 30 1 day

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.

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