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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


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

Once you apply online your application is assessed in accordance with the course selection criteria. Successful applicants are informed via email.

To accept your place, you will be required to:

1.Accept your course place using the online applications portal

2.Pay a deposit within the specified timeframe – this deposit is offset against the full fee payment

The process of assessing applications and offering places may take between three and four weeks and you are advised to regularly check the email address used for correspondence as all course communication will be sent to you at this email address.

Additional registration details and communication from the relevant department will be issued to all applicants 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

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