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University College Dublin is a recognised awarding body meaning the university has the authority to make awards in accordance with the National Framework of Qualifications. UCD courses are quality assured in that the university has well-established quality assurance procedures and is subject to periodic reviews of effectiveness of quality assurance procedures by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). UCD qualifications are recognized both nationally and internationally. In addition, UCD has strong global connections since it is a member of several international networks and collaborations within research and education.

Many UCD Online courses offer a number of qualification points. This means that students may choose to work towards a qualification at another level. This information is provided on the course descriptor pages. For example, The Masters in Science – Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) awards a MSc degree, NFQ Level 9, that requires successful completion of 90 credits. However, the qualification points for this course are listed as:

Certificate – 30 credits – equivalent to 6 X 5-credit modules

Diploma – 60 credits – equivalent to 12 X 5-credit modules

MSc Degree – 90 credits – equivalent to 18 X 5-credit modules

These qualification points allow students the flexibility to work towards a certificate or diploma instead of the MSc degree should that better suit their needs or lifestyle.