Course Overview

Diploma in Learning and Development Timetable

This course is specifically targeted at those who currently hold coordination, managerial and supervisory responsibilities in corporate Learning and Development roles; as well as new participants entering this sector. The course aims to develop effective and responsible change agents to design, develop and operationalise strategic plans within their areas of responsibility and emphasises skills development around Coaching, Human Resource Management and Online Learning Development.

This course allows you to gain a one-year part-time Diploma in Learning and Development (30 ECTS) and is accredited at Level 8 on the NFQ.

Mode of Study: Online Learning

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This course has been approved by Galway Executive Skillnet for a fees subsidy of up to 40% for students whose company is a member of their network. For more information, contact:
Galway Executive Skillnet – Eamonn Molloy at:

Applications and Selections

Applications open from 1st April 2024.

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Applications System. This course is listed under Adult Learning & CPD Courses Application.

Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.

Early application is advised as offers will be made on a rolling basis.


Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Students are required to participate in online discussions and activities throughout the year. All modules are individually assessed. Assessment will be by means of a combination of written assignments, reflective journals, e-learning and multi-media exercises, group projects, practical assignments, and presentations.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have a level 7 qualification in any discipline. Applicants with a level 6 award or non-standard applicants with relevant work experience are also encouraged to apply through the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route. Please contact the Course Administrator for further details:

General entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.).

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


1 year, part-time

Next start date

October 2024

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date
NFQ level


Mode of study

Online Learning

ECTS weighting



Diploma in Learning and Development


Course code

Course Outline

Course Delivery

This course is delivered online through:

  • Live online lectures
  • Podcasts and presentations (recorded spoken lectures with presentation slides)
  • Screencasts 
  • Reading material, assignments and online discussions

This course will help you build your professional competence. On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an up-to-date specialised knowledge learning and development change management frameworks paying particular attention to  identifying how their activities are shaped by organisational policies and economic conditions;   
  • Carry out a situation analysis with a view to gaining insights into the activities, implications and challenges of implementing strategy within a changing political, societal, economic and organisational environments;
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and models of coaching and mentoring and their role in enhancing individual performance in the workplace;
  • Critically analyse core concepts, principles and models of human resource management and human resource development in relation to their application and their limitations;
  • Explain the range of knowledge, skills and competence needed by learning and development practitioners to develop, facilitate and manage an effective virtual learning environment and the range of knowledge, skills and competence needed by learners to fully engage in collaborative virtual learning communities;
  • Apply advance analytical skills to the practical considerations of establishing a virtual learning environment that encompasses online learning models and blended learning models;
  • Self-assess personal strengths, characteristics and skills to evaluate and monitor personal and professional development;
  • Perform professional roles and responsibilities in a way that fosters a climate of mutual support and trust, that instils an agentic culture of accomplishment and that enables continuous improvement of strategy implementation and change management processes.
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Further Education

For graduates who do not hold an undergraduate degree, this course offers exemptions into the Business/Commerce (Degree/Diploma)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course will provide you with a recognised training qualification that can lead to or accelerate career opportunities in a wide range of areas such as:

  • Corporate training and professional development sectors
  • Further education and training sectors
  • Voluntary and community-based training organisations
  • Human resources and staff development areas of a wide range of organisations
  • Private training providers

Who’s Suited to This Course

These courses are suitable to those from backgrounds such as:

  • Learning and Development managers and practitioners;
  • Vocational trainers;
  • Solas instructors or people wishing to pursue a career as a trainer in Solas;
  • Educational consultants;
  • Human resource specialists;
  • Those practising or planning a career as trainers in the educational, industrial, commercial, voluntary and community sectors.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€2,800 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€2,730 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€70 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€3,350 2024/25

Fees for this course are collected directly by the Centre, please see our staff listing

*Galway Executive Skillnet funding (40% fee subsidy) is available for this course. You also may be eligible for the Adult Learning Tuition Scholarship, find out more

Find out More

Adult Training and Education Studies

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
University of Galway, Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 353 91 494059/494055


Anna Farkas |   Graduate

I chose the Learning & Development Diploma so that I can change my career path. I have always been passionate about learning and teaching and the University of Galway gave me profound knowledge as well as useful tools to unlock my potential. The modules of the course are very well-structured with especially relevant content that makes use of the latest research available in the field of L&D. I have gained valuable knowledge and experience through meaningful learning activities, projects, and assignments. I had to put the theoretics into practice which significantly improved many of my professional capabilities. Furthermore, the tutors are highly competent experts who show genuine enthusiasm and motivate learners, which really inspired me. I particularly enjoyed the interactive virtual classes where I could collaborate with and learn from my peers. The fact that the course was delivered online in a blended way allowed me to participate from outside Ireland while working full-time. I am sure that I will be able to reach my professional goals now that I have completed the course as I am equipped with a strong foundation to be able to work in this field as a dedicated professional.