Lifelong Learning | Overview

Our Lifelong Learning Programme is a series of specific interest courses that are participative, engaging, and facilitated by experts in their field. Lifelong Learning courses cover a broad range of topics including Languages, Art Appreciation, Irish Studies, History, Literature, Philosophy, and Writing. They are open to all adult learners and provide a unique opportunity to explore a subject without examinations.

The programme caters to an evergrowing community of around 1,400 Lifelong Learners and we encourage you to join us! All courses are developed in collaboration with experienced tutors, UCD Schools, and the wider community. As well as classes taking place on the Belfield campus of UCD, we are also lucky enough to work extensively with a wide range of external cultural partners.

In 2017, we also introduced free 'taster' lectures, which give you the opportunity to experience some of the Lifelong Learning classes before booking yourself into a full course. In Autumn 2019, for the first time, we also began offering free places on Lifelong Learning courses through our Lifelong Learning Bursary.

Link to view our current courses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

While the UCD Access and Lifelong Learning Centre is currently closed, we are still here to support you - virtually! 

We are always happy to hear from you; our emails are checked regularly, Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm), so please contact us if you have any questions or concerns and we'll get back to you within 24 hours. Our email address is

Why is Lifelong Learning Important?

One of our Lifelong Learning tutors, Áinnle O'Neill, gives us his take...