Technical Writing

Technical communication is a fast-growing discipline worldwide, as communication media become more pervasive and technology more complex. The University of Limerick pioneered a full-time programme in technical communication in 1995. Since September 2001, UL has offered a Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing by distance learning.

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.

During September or October, and again in February or March, students will be invited to attend software workshops at the University of Limerick campus. These workshops will be held on Saturdays. In addition to receiving tuition on how to use the software, students will have the opportunity to visit the campus and meet their lecturers and classmates. Students are not obliged to attend these workshops, however, and the workshop materials will be posted online for all students.


1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time Full- Time

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Course Director: Elaine Walsh
Tel: 353-61-213021

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Semester 1
•TW5211 Principles of Professional & Technical Communication & Information Design
•TW5221 Theory of Technical Communication

Semester 2
•TW5212 Workplace Issues in Technical & Professional Communication
•TW5222 Content Development & Information Management


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.

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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