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.

The short courses start the week beginning 1st October and are run over 8 weeks - one evening* per week (7 to 9pm). *With the exception of Mindfulness in Action and Community Development which take place on Saturday.

Short course list 2018

NB: ‌Applications are closed for Short Courses 2018. ‌

Applications and Selections

Applications are closed for Short Courses 2018

NB: The next series of Short Courses will run in October/November 2019.

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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Course Outline

Information for Short Courses for 2018 

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 1st October.

Monday 7-9 pm

  • Introduction to Genealogy
  • Introduction to Western Philosophy
  • Introduction to Herbs and Nutrition

Tuesday 7-9 pm

  • Beginners Italian
  • De-coding Irish Place Names
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Introduction to Russian
  • Appreciation of Poetry

Wednesday 7-9 pm

  • Introduction to Irish Literature
  • Europe between the Wars
  • Brush up your French
  • Brush up your German
  • Brush up your Spanish
  • Introduction to World Cinema

Thursday 7-9pm

  • Bees and Bee Keeping
  • Brush up your Italian
  • Improvers Russian
  • Creative Writing
  • The Artefacts and Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland

Saturday  6th & 13th October (10am-4pm)

  • Community Development

Saturday  13th & 20th October (10am-4pm)

  • Mindfulness in Action




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

€125 per course

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

A discounted course fee of €85 is available for senior citizens and for those 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 2018 Application Form and return with a cheque, bank draft or postal order for €85 to;

Short Courses Series
Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development
NUI Galway
Nuns Island



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.