Course Overview

The Certificate in General Studies consists of a range of modules within the Humanities area including subjects such as English Literature, Philosophy, Archaeology, Maths, Information Technology and many others. This certificate programme introduces students to and gives a good foundation in a number of subject areas that students may wish to study at a later date. The programme gives some credits to students who subsequently enrol on the part-time BA Degree.  


Who is this course intended for?

The course is suitable for those who have an interest in the Humanities or for students who are considering a more substantial programme of study such as a Bachelor of Arts, but are uncertain as to what subject area they wish to pursue.

Applications and Selections

Applications have closed for 2013-2014.



Maria McHugh

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway, Nuns' Island

T: 091 492144
F: 091 525051

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of written assignments and by examination during or at the end of each semester. Modules are taught from Monday evening to Thursday evening, from 6.30pm – 9.30pm. A module is taught in either Semester 1 or Semester 2. The exact day and time of classes depends on the modules chosen. Students who wish to pursue the Certificate award must register for one or two modules each semester to accumulate 15 credits on completion of their studies.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Certificate in General Studies. Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 2013

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Applications have closed for 2013-2014.

Next start date

September 2013

NFQ level


Mode of study

Combination of classroom and blended learning modules

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Each module offered represents 5 credits. Students must take three modules in total from the modules available to make up 15 credits to qualify for the Certificate in General Studies. Students may select from the following broad subject areas:

  • Exploring English Literature – An Introduction
  • Life Skills for Success
  • Philosophy – Ethics, Education, Modern Philosophy
  • Archaeology
  • Information Technology
  • Maths
  • Introduction to French, Italian, Spanish

The choice of modules on offer varies with each offering of the programme. Students should consult with the programme coordinator for a detailed list of these modules on offer in the current academic year.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The Certificate programme provides a foundation block for students who may wish to re-enter education in a particular area or discipline. While developing knowledge in particular content areas, the programme also facilitates students to develop critical thinking skills and become competent in the practical skills of oral presentation, writing and analytical reading which are essential skills for today’s work force.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€970 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy)

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,470 p.a. 2014/15

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Maria McHugh

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway, Nuns' Island

T: 091 492144
F: 091 525051