New learner subsidy for Micro-credentials  2024/25

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The MicroCreds Project is pleased to announce that we have been  awarded a substantial Micro-credential Learner Subsidy fund to support adult learners returning or beginning in Higher Education. Under the HCI Pillar 3, the subsidy offers a rate of 80 percent for courses addressing skills in key priority areas, including renewable energy, sustainability, construction and planning, artificial intelligence, cyber security, ICT, and electronic engineering. Other courses provide a 50 percent learner subsidy rate.  

Over half of our modules are at the 80% subsidy due to their close alignment with key government priority areas. University of Galway will be able to offer 900+ student places over 53 short courses in the forthcoming academic year. Visit the HEA webpage for more information on your eligibility for the student subsidy.

The courses covered by this subsidy will be labelled on the website with information on the amount of subsidy available for a certain number of places. 

Learner Information

NOTE: Micro-credentials will only run if enough places are filled. Learners will be notified as soon as possible of any cancellations. 

Where do I get further information?
A contact person is identified on each micro-credential webpage. However,  if you have any difficulties please email

What will aMicro-credentialmean for my career or future study?
Having a micro-credential will mean you can demonstrate you have studied a university-level course and completed it to this standard. Each micro-credential will give you skills and knowledge directly related to the work environment and should assist in your career development. In some instances, micro-credentials may be of benefit for your Recognition of Prior Learning, when taking other related higher awards at the university.   

What are thefeesand can I get help to finance aMicro-credential?
Micro-credentials are all priced differently based on the course type. Some micro-credentials benefit from Skillnet funding. See our Skillnet partners listed below Next Level Skillnet, Galway Executive SkillNet , iTag Skillnet and Industry4skillnet. This year the HEA have also introduced a substantial learner subsidy for several of our micro-credentials. Visit the HEA webpage for more information on the fee subsidy.

Check out the information on each micro-credential webpage for more specific information that applies to that micro-credential.