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Micro-credentials are accredited, short, flexible courses that provide learners with a trusted and quality method of upskilling.

Micro-credentials enable you to develop targeted knowledge and skills, for personal and professional growth, through a quality-assured, university framework.

When you complete a UCD micro-credential you will earn university credit in the form of ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). The ECTS framework is globally recognised, helping individuals to move between countries and have their academic qualifications recognised. ECTS allows credits taken at one higher education institution to be counted towards a qualification studied for at another.

Some UCD micro-credentials may be stacked over time or form part of a pathway to a university award, for example a Professional Diploma or a Master's degree.

UCD micro-credential courses are typically 5 or 10 ECTS and are at level 9 on the NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications).

Some UCD micro-credentials are “stackable”. This means the ECTS credit that you gain on completion of that micro-credential can be used towards specific UCD awards.

UCD micro-credentials are for anyone who wants to enhance their skills and knowledge in a specific area, with the confidence that the course they are taking is accredited, quality-assured and developed and delivered to the highest standards in teaching and learning.

UCD micro-credentials are industry-aligned, making them ideal for busy professionals who want to develop their skills and knowledge, but may not have the time for full-time study opportunities.

Most micro-credentials take place over one 12-week semester, with weekly classes The time it takes to complete micro-credential varies from course to course, and depends on the ECTS credit weighting of the course. Generally, speaking 1 ECTS credit equates to approximately 20 hours of student workload. This workload comprises a mix of class time (usually online), tutorials (usually online), required reading, assignments and self-directed learning.

No, you do not need to submit transcripts when applying for a UCD micro-credential. 

Some UCD micro-credentials can (or may in the future) be stacked into a university award. Please note that learners seeking to stack micro-credentials into an award at a later stage, will need to provide documentary evidence that they meet the relevant entry requirements, for example academic transcripts.

UCD micro-credential courses aim to be as flexible and agile as possible. The majority of courses are delivered entirely or mostly online. Depending on the subject and/or target audience, some micro-credentials may be delivered on campus, in a classroom setting. 

All micro-credential learners will be given access to UCD’s virtual learning environment, Brightspace. There are a range of supports available to help you quickly familiarise yourself with Brightspace and become comfortable using it.

As UCD micro-credentials are credit-bearing, learners will be assessed against the learning outcomes for the course that they take. 

Assessment varies from micro-credential to micro-credential depending on the learning outcomes of each course. Each micro-credential will be carefully designed to ensure that the assessment demonstrates the learner's educational attainment. With this in mind, assessment could range from quizzes to written assignments to work-based projects. 

Whatever the assessment approach, the learning outcomes and assessment details (including submission dates, marking schemes etc.) will be clearly communicated to you at the start of the course. If you have any queries or concerns in relation to the assessments for your micro-credential, you can contact the lead academic for the course.

If the micro-credential you are applying for offers an alumni discount please make sure you use your UCD login details when making your online application. This will allow us to verify your alumni status. If you do not know your UCD login details please contact the UCD Student Desk to retrieve these prior to making your micro-credential application.

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UCD Micro-credentials

UCD micro-credentials are an exciting innovation developed and delivered by UCD's world-class academic faculty. Micro-credentials give you the opportunity to upskill in highly-specialised areas with short, accredited, flexible, industry-aligned courses. 
Learn more about micro-credentials at UCD.

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