Course Overview

The specialist diploma awards are particularly suitable for students requiring medium-term upskilling for career advancement or for those interested in focused study in this subject area for personal or topical interest.  The specialist diplomas are linked to the degree cycle of the modular programme in Science & Technology Studies ( which allow students to specialise by choosing from a range of electives. These elective modules are also available as independent awards which students may take for the purposes of upskilling or retraining in the area of Environmental Sustainability, Medical Device Science, Lean & Quality Systems or Form & Function of the Human Body.

 Who is the course intended for?

The specialist diplomas are primarily intended for students who already have a Science or Engineering related diploma or degree and who wish to up-skill or become expert in one of the specialist areas as offered through these one-year diploma programmes

Applications and Selections

This programme will be offered again in 2016-2017.

Further information is available from: 

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following:

  • Job Seekers Benefit
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • One-Parent Family Allowance
  • Disability Allowance
  • Social Insurance Contribution Credits
  • Community Employment Scheme 

For enquiries please contact:

Niamh McHugh
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
Nuns' Island
NUI Galway 

T: 091 495845

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is through assignments, written examinations and in some cases practical laboratory sessions. Exams take place at the end of each semester. All modules from the programme will be individually assessed.

The programme is delivered by blended learning on a part-time basis. Candidates will receive learning materials in both online and in hard copy format for each module. Materials will be specifically designed for independent study and will be supplemented by supporting reading material and interactive learning resources where appropriate. The programme requires attendance on campus for approximately 10 hours per module, mainly on Saturdays.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the Diploma in Science & Technology Studies or a related Diploma, or otherwise prove that they satisfy the prerequisites of each of the modules as listed in the programme description section.

Additional Requirements


1-year, part-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

This programme will be offered again in 2016-2017.

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level


Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Each specialist diploma consists of four inter-related taught modules and a project (chosen in consultation with their project supervisor), to allow individuals to up-skill in a particular area or study in a highly focused area of interest.

Automation and Control: Automation 1, Manufacturing Technology, Automation 2, Machine Design, Project.

Environmental Sustainability: Environmental Management Systems, Environmental Impact Assessment, Sustainability and Design, Design for Environment, Project

Medical Device Science: Anatomy, Biocompatibility & Device Design, Mechanics of Solids, Medical Device Design, Project

Form and Function of the Human Body: Anatomy, Biocompatibility & Device Design, Cell Biology, Immunology & Human Therapeutics, Project

Lean & Quality Systems: Lean & Quality Systems: Lean Thinking / Lean Tools; Quality Science – Six Sigma; Problem Solving Tools and Techniques; Enterprise Modelling and Simulation; Project

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course is intended for those who wish to focus their skills with a view to moving into specialist and hybrid environmental roles, e.g. internal environmental policy consultants, waste minimisation specialists, energy optimisation advisors. It will also be of interest to entrepreneurs interested in the opportunities afforded by the green economy.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€1,900 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€2,400 p.a. 2015/16
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment - see section titled "Applications and selections" below for further details.

Find out More

Niamh McHugh

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

Nuns' Island
NUI Galway
T: 091 495845