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; Archaeology, Writing, Film Studies, History, Art History, Languages, Health & Well Being, Literature & Poetry,  Philosophy, Science, News Media, Ancient Greece and Rome, Genealogy. 

The short courses start the week beginning 2nd 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.

Short Courses Series 2017 Brochure

Applications and Selections

The next series of Short Courses will run in October/November 2018.

Alternatively, you can apply using the 2017 Short Courses Series Application Form. Please return the form to:

Berna Morgan
Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development
NUI Galway
Nuns Island
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 (8 weeks)

Next start date

October 2018

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Closing Date

Next start date

October 2018

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Course Outline

Information for Short Courses for 2017 

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).

Courses start the week beginning 2nd October.

Monday 7-9 pm

Introduction to Genealogy
Introduction to Western Philosophy
Understanding News Media

Tuesday 7-9 pm

Brush up your German
Beginners Italian
Introduction to Herbs and Nutrition
Introduction  to Screenwriting
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to Russian
Appreciation of Poetry
The French Revolution 1789-1815

Wednesday 7-9 pm

Introduction to Irish Literature
Russian Literature
Brush up your French
Brush up your Spanish
Contemporary Philosophy: Thinking of Power and the Power of Thought

Thursday 7-9pm

Art History
Brush up your Italian
Creative Writing
Introduction to World Cinema
Foreigners and Immigrants in Greek and Roman Literature, Art and Thought
The Artefacts and Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland

Saturday 14th & 21st October

Introduction to the Alexander Technique


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.