New Opportunities in DCU 2016

New Opportunities for Study in DCU

In February it will be possible to undertake a single credit bearing module from a selection of the programmes on offer in DCU. This presents an opportunity for those considering a course of study to experience university without the committing to a longer four year programme.

Learning Opportunities in 2016

These modules will be undergraduate modules with no entry requirements. Each module is worth 5 credits and can be completed in a single semester

(February – May).


Participants may choose to register for these modules on a full participation or on an audit basis.

Full participants will undertake all associated assessment which may consist of some or all examinations, projects, essays and class presentations. Successful completion will earn academic credits and performance will be formally recorded by the University. Such academic credits may contribute to completion of a formal academic award by the University.

All participants will attend all lectures (and seminars/tutorials where these are scheduled) and will have access to all learning materials for the module including library and online resources. Full participants will have unrestricted access to the on-campus study supports.

Participants taking the modules on an AUDIT BASIS will not have unrestricted access to the on-campus study supports provided to full-time students and will not undertake formal assessment in the modules but will be invited to complete a reflection on the learning gained on their completion of the modules and gain a certificate of participation.

Scheduling of classes

Most modules involve two hours lectures per week and an associated tutorial for 12 weeks of semester/term.

Spring Semester 2016: February to April/May 2016

Classes: Monday February 1st 2016 to Saturday 23 April 2016

Examinations: Monday 9 May 2016 to Saturday 21 May 2016

Autumn Semester 2016: September to December/January (dates to confirmed)


Full participants €500 per module

Audit only participants €250 per module

A selection of modules on offer in 2016 (subject to capacity and accommodation, include):

  • Business and Professional Ethics • Ethics of Journalism
  • Introduction to Marketing • Citizenship, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Introduction to Law • Introduction to Microbiology and Genetics
  • Introduction to Modern Ireland • Sociology of Sport 1
  • The American Political System • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Comparative European Politics • Critical Thinking and Health
  • Introduction to Development • Growing Older
  • Introduction to Intercultural Studies • Marginalisation and Health
  • Language Culture and International Communication • Spirituality, Religion and Health
  • Cultural Studies • Sexuality and Society
  • Psychology, Media and Creativity • Culture, Health and Illness

Intergenerational Learning Programme

In addition to these courses the Intergenerational Learning Programme will also continue to offer a range of courses from February.  Please check their website for details or call Carmel Conroy 01 700 7428.

DCU in the Community

Finally DCU in the Community will be offering the following courses:

  1. Bridge to Education – 12 week programme aimed at mature learners to prepare them for university.
  2. A range of courses over the Summer (June and July) check for details.
  3. Digital Media iMac for those interested in developing their digital media skills.

DCU in the Communitycan be contacted at 01 700 8800 or

For any further information please do not hesitate to contact

Christine O’Kelly
Age Friendly Project Coordinator
01-700 8933
Bea Orpen Building

Office of the Vice President for External and Strategic Affairs