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What are UCD micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials are short, accredited, flexible, industry-aligned courses, that give learners the opportunity to upskill in highly-specialised areas. The content for micro-credentials in UCD is developed and delivered by the university's world-class academic faculty.

Why UCD Micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials aim to address many of the barriers to life-long learning and their flexible design enables learners to successfully balance further study with other commitments. Each micro-credential is a fully standalone upskilling opportunity, but learners also acquire university credit in the form of ECTS.

Read ahead to discover why UCD micro-credentials could be the right choice for you.

Ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide, UCD is Ireland’s largest and most globally engaged university, enrolling over 30,000 students drawn from 136 countries. UCD’s excellence in teaching and learning is globally recognised – 13 subjects are ranked in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Ranking by Subject 2020). For the last three years, UCD has ranked (opens in a new window)number one in Ireland for Graduate Employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018, 2019, 2020).

UCD micro-credentials are designed for busy professionals, who may not have the time to engage with larger programmes of study. Most UCD micro-credentials are online or blended, making them more accessible for busy professionals.

As UCD accredited courses, UCD micro-credentials are subject to robust quality assurance processes, ensuring they are designed, developed and delivered to the highest standards in teaching and learning.

UCD micro-credentials are focused on key national and international skills gap areas. Industry involvement in design and delivery is a key feature.

UCD micro-credentials are a great way to upskill in your current role, fast-track your career progression, or pivot to a new area.

With UCD micro-credentials, you are benefiting from 160+ years of excellence in education and joining a global network of UCD alumni. As a UCD student, you will have access to all the services and support that UCD has to offer. Read more about the student experience here.