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.

Applications and Selections

Applications will be open for the Short Courses Series in August 2016.

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

September/October 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September/October 2016

NFQ level


Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Short Course titles offered in 2015
(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).


  • Historical Research and Resources
  • Introduction to John McGahern-Novels
  • Post-Francoist Spanish Cinema


  • Early and Silent Cinema
  • Introduction to Western Philosophy
  • The First World War
  • Introduction to Russian
  • Introduction to Astronomy


  • Introduction to Genealogy
  • Brush-up your German
  • Introduction to John McGahern-Short Stories
  • History of Art Trom Fauvism to Postmodernism
  • Visual Sociology
  • Passion, Seduction and Romance in Russian Literature


  • Introduction to American Cinema
  • The Artefacts & Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland
  • Creative Writing
  • Philosophy and Education
  • From Adversity to Victory-Britain's Experience of World War 11


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

*Two Saturdays - 28th November and 5th December, 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.