Module Code: ZO1202

Micro-credential Overview

In this Micro-credential, we aim to provide beekeepers with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to identify the criteria needed to raise healthy honeybees. Key to this is good animal husbandry and knowledge of pests and diseases of the honeybee. Being able to assess the risks associated with poor apiary hygiene, disease hot spots, overstocking and habitat loss, puts the beekeeper in control. A clear benefit of the Micro-credential is increased productivity (under the right weather conditions) which is reflected in the amount of surplus honey available to the beekeeper should they choose to harvest it.

At the end of the Micro-credential, subject to numbers (approximately 25-30), learners will be invited to campus for a practical on the identification of disease with Dr. Mary Coffey, expert from DAFM (Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine).

Start Date

Academic Year 2024/25, Semester 2

Mode of Study and Assessment

The mode of study for this module is Blended Learning (one in-person practical). Assessment will be carried out on a continuous basis. There will be 4 assessments: an MCQ, a visual quiz on diseases, a paper-based assessment and a mini-project. 

NFQ Level and ECTs

Level 8

5 ECTs 

Application Process

From the 1st April 2024 you can apply for any University of Galway Micro-credential through our Online Application Portal

When completing your application please make sure to select the following categories:

Academic level: Micro-credentials and CPD
College/Interest type: Micro-credentials/CPD Undergrad Level 7 and 8
Academic programme: Science & Engineering Micro-credentials – CPB15

You will need to manually enter the Module Name and Code under ‘Module Name’ on the second page of your application. Please copy the name and code below:

Honey Bee Health (Apiculture) - ZO1202

You can find more details on our application process here.

Course Fees 


Subsided fee: €100

*Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria may qualify for a 80% fee subsidy, subject to the availability of subsidised places. For eligibility details, please refer to the Eligibility Criteria on the Micro-credentials webpage.

Entry Requirements 

  • Applicants must be over 21 years of age.

Contact Information

If you have any queries please email:

MicroCreds Podcast

MicroCreds Podcast

Janice Mulvany Glennon, meets with Dr. Helen Mooney to discuss the Honey Bee Health Micro-credential

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Brian Dane |   Student

I have about 15 years experience as a beekeeper, and I have progressed through the FIBKA examination system but I wanted more information about Honeybee Health. This course filled that gap perfectly. I found the course content very complete but very well presented. Dr Helen Mooney and all the lecturers were authoritative and very good communicators. I am a tutor in my Beekeeping association, and I feel much more confident about this duty after completing this course. I found the whole experience very pleasant and enjoyable. I was treated politely and very efficiently by all the academic, management and administrative staff at the University of Galway. I found the format of the course and assignments very good. It was challenging at times but easily managed with the excellent advice and help from our lead tutor. An excellent course and enjoyable experience with the opportunity to meet and network with other experienced beekeepers.