The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development offers a series of short, online, 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 find out more about your subject areas and also to experience the world of lifelong learning.




8 weeks

Start date

4 Oct 21

The short courses start the week beginning 4th October and are run online over 8 weeks, one evening per week (7 – 8.30pm). The mode of delivery will be a combination of:

  • Live, online classes and an opportunity to engage with your lecturer and fellow students
  • Pre-recorded presentations, viewed in the student’s own time followed by online classes with a questions and answers session facilitated by your short course lecturer

Short course list 2021

Mondays (7-8:30pm)

Create your own Podcast*
Art History*
From the Border to Brexit: A History of Northern Ireland
Beginners French
Beginners German
Beginners Greek

Tuesdays (7-8:30pm)

Wines of the World
Irish Literature 1
Seven Ages, Eight Taoisigh: Irish political history, 1922-1992 
Early and Silent Cinema
Beginners Chinese
Beginners Italian
Brush up your French

Wednesdays (7-8:30pm)

Introduction to Western Philosophy *CLOSED
Beginners Spanish 
Brush up your Spanish
Brush up your German

Thursdays (7-8:30pm)

The Craft of Poetry writing
Irish Literature 2
Beginners Chinese
Gaeilge / Irish Language
Brush up your Italian

*Art History & Create your own Podcast will run over 6 weeks with classes taking place from 7 to 9pm. Create your own Podcast will start on the 11th October.

Click on the button above to apply online (postal and in-person applications are not available this year).

For more details on the courses, click on the brochure below:

2021 Short Courses Series brochure image


How do I apply?

Applications can be made online here. Due to Covid-19 online applications only are being accepted. Postal and in person applications options are not available for the October courses.

Participants for the online courses will be emailed an access link to the course before the course start date. Courses start first week October 2021. Day and time for each course is listed above on the website.

When is the closing date?

The closing date for the short courses is Thursday 30th September, 2021.

How much does the course cost?

The online short courses cost €120.

Where are the courses held?

Due to Covid-19 the October 2021 courses will be not delivered in person on the NUI Galway campus. The courses will be delivered online via Zoom. Participants will receive an email with the access code and password the week before the course starts.

Are there any exams?

No, there are no exams at the end of the short courses as these courses are non-accredited.

Will I get a certificate?

No, you will not receive a certificate at the end of the courses as these courses are non-accredited.


Our courses require a minimum number of enrolments. Courses that do not reach this will be cancelled. Applicants will be offered an alternative course or will be refunded* the course fee. To avoid not being able to enrol on a course through oversubscription or cancellation please apply as early as possible.

Refunds are only available if we have to cancel a course. It is in this regard that you are requested to inform yourself of the content of the course before enrolment.

*Please note that refunds are processed by NUI Galway and may take some time.


Further Queries

If you have any further queries, you can contact the Course Administrator below:


What Our Students Say


Student Testimonials |   Feb 2021

A thoroughly enjoyable learning experience in a fun and easily accessible way" Selina Bonner, "It was great to learn something new during lockdown and also to 'meet' new people" Eve Edgeworth, "I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, I learned alot and feel confident about pursuing my ideas and planning for my podcast" Liz Kelly, "I found the course interesting and stimulating. It was good to meet new people (albeit virtually!) and I enjoyed the content of the course" Mary Slattery, "I found the course very enjoyable and informative. It was something to look forward to each week" Joe Maguire


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