The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development offers a series of short, classroom-based and 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

Feb 24

Our short courses will start in February 2024 and are offered either as a classroom programme or online over 8 weeks, one evening per week (7 – 9pm classroom, 7 - 8.30pm online).

Short Course list 2023 (below is a list of short courses that were offered in 2023, our 2024 course list will be updated shortly)


Decoding Irish Place-names (on campus)
Can Rebellious Arts Change us? (on campus) 
From the Border to Brexit: A History of Northern Ireland (on campus)


Irish Literature- From Yeats to McKeon (online)
Brush up your French (on campus)
Refresh and Improve your Irish- Cuir snas ar do chuid Gaeilge (online)


From 'Labour's Way' to 'Breaking the Mould': Political parties in 20th Century Ireland (on campus)
The Artefacts and Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland (on campus)
The Philosophy of Poetry (on campus)


Brush up your German (online)


*An Introduction to the Alexander Technique (on campus)

*An Introduction to the Alexander Technique will run over 2 Saturday workshops (Saturday 25th February and Saturday 4th March). 

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

Tá an fhoirm ar fáil i mBéarla amháin faoi láthair ach is féidir leat teagmháil a dhéanamh le sa chás go bhfuiltear ag iarraidh iarratas a dhéanamh trí mheán na Gaeilge.

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


Short Courses 2023 Brochure


How do I apply?

Applications can be made online here. Postal and in-person applications options are not available.

This form is currently only available in English, but you can contact if you wish to apply through Irish.

Tá an fhoirm ar fáil i mBéarla amháin faoi láthair ach is féidir leat teagmháil a dhéanamh le sa chás go bhfuiltear ag iarraidh iarratas a dhéanamh trí mheán na Gaeilge.

Participants for the online courses will be emailed an access link to the course before the course start date. Courses start the week beginning 6th February 2023. The day and time for each course are listed above on the website.

When is the closing date?

TBC for 2024

How much does the course cost?

The online short courses cost €145. 

Where are the courses held?

The courses will be delivered in a classroom or 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 the University of Galway and may take some time.

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