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.

We offer courses in the following areas; Archeology, Writing, Film Studies, History, Art History, Languages, Health & Well Being, Literature & Poetry, Ecology & the Environment, Philosophy, Science, Sociology & Politics, News & Media and Drama & Theatre. 

Course information for  2017 will be available in mid-June.

The short courses start in October and are run over 8 weeks - one evening* per week (7 to 9pm). *With the exception of the Alexander Technique which takes place on a Saturday.

The brochure for 2017 will be available in mid-June. 

Applications and Selections

Applications are now closed for 2016. 

Berna Morgan
Tel: 091 494055

Who Teaches this Course

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.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for the Short Courses Series.

Additional Requirements


Part-time, run over 8 weeks.

Next start date

October 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

October 2017

NFQ level


Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Information for Short Courses for 2017 will be available in mid-June.

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

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

Monday Evening

  • Introduction to Samuel Beckett
  • Historical Research and Resources
  • A Terrible Beauty: Literature and 1916
  • Introduction to Acting
  • Understanding News Media
  • Irish Theatre: Discovering History through the Archives
  • An Introduction to Herbs and Nutrition
  • Human  Development through the Lifespan

Tuesday Evening

  • Reporting War and Political Violence
  • Introduction to Western Philosophy
  • Europe between the World Wars
  • Russianall Levels
  • Brush up your Italian
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Introduction to James Joyce

Wednesday Evening

  • Brush up your German
  • Brush up your French
  • Brush up your Spanish
  • Introduction to Polish Cinema
  • Embodied Mindfulness
  • Russian Literature: The Child is Father to the Man
  • The Sociology and Politics of Culture
  • Appreciation of Poetry

Thursday Evening

  • Introduction to American Cinema
  • The Artefacts & Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland
  • Existentialism: The Philosophy of Life Sex and Death
  • Introduction to Biodiversity in Co Galway
  • 1916: The Irish Revolution in the context of World War 1
  • An Analysis of the Image in the 20th & 21st Century
  • Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Screenwriting


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

*Two Saturdays - 8th & 15th October, 10am-4pm

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Students who attend the Short Courses Series are interested in the subject area and attend classes for personal development reasons and the joy of learning. For some students, attendance at these classes can encourage them to pursue their interest in the subject area by attending further Certificate or Diploma classes in the subject for credit.

Who’s Suited to This Course

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.

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€120 per course

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

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.

Find out More

 Berna Morgan

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

Tel: 091 494055

What Our Students Say


Derry O'Connor |   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.