Short Courses Series

Course overview

The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development offers a series of short, non-accredited courses in a number of different subject areas. Designed for students with an interest in the subjects on offer, these courses may provide you with an opportunity to meet interesting people to discuss your ideas with, to find out more about your subject areas and also to experience the world of lifelong learning.


Who are the courses for?

These courses are particularly suitable for people who have never had an opportunity to study a particular subject area before or for people who wish to gain a deeper insight into a discipline that already interests them. The short courses are also ideal for someone who is considering higher education as a mature student and wishes to experience learning at an introductory level.

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for the Short Courses Series.

Duration: Part-time, 8 weeks in duration. Classes are 2 hours in duration. The Alexander Technique course is held on two Saturdays.

Next start date: Classes will take place from the week of 28th Sept. 2015. Classes commence at 7.00pm unless otherwise stated.

ECTS weighting: NA

Average intake: Unlimited

Closing date: Monday 21st September 2015.

NFQ level: NA

Mode of study: Classroom-based

Course outline

Short Course titles offered in 2014 (2015 to be announced shortly)

(Please note that courses are run subject to a minimum number of enrolments)


Classes commence at 7.00pm unless otherwise stated and are 2 hours in duration


-The Irish Short Story after Joyce

-Human Development through the Lifespan

-Using Public Sources and Resources in History

-Philosophy of Language

-Introduction to Western Philosophy 



-Introduction to Film and Digital Media Literacy

-The Glory that was Rome

-Introduction to Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes

-Introduction to Astronomy



-Introduction to Genealogy

-Female Characters & Images in Russian Literature

-Irish Women Poets from the West of Ireland

-Introduction to American Cinema



-Immanuel Kant: The Complete Philosophy?

-The Artefacts & Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland

-Creative Writing

-The First World War

-Reading the Novella


Two Saturdays in November 2014 (10am-4pm, 8th & 15th November 2014)

-The Alexander Technique: Change Your Posture – Change your Life

Applications and selections

Applications will open shortly for 2015 Short Courses Series.


Requirements and assessment

There are no assessments on the short courses, attendance and participation is based on the student’s interest in the area and joy of learning.

Find out more

Berna Morgan

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway, Nuns' Island


T: 091 494055

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €120 per course

A discounted course fee of €85 is available for senior citizens and for students currently in receipt of social welfare support from the Department of Social Protection. In order to avail of this discount, applicants must provide documentation regarding their status along with their application form.

Past students

Russian for Beginners

I recently undertook the Russian for Beginners short course. It gave me a basic knowledge of spoken Russian for everyday use which was just what I required. The lecturer introduced the Cyrillic alphabet, Russian vocabulary and grammar through a mix of in-class “role play”, reading and general conversation. We got wonderful course notes and some “homework” to be done for each week! The lecturer was excellent, full of enthusiasm, never late nor stinting in her time and helpful to each student. I really enjoyed the learning experience.

Derry O'Connor

2014 Short Courses brochure