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What are 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.

Why UCD Micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials aim to address many of the barriers to life-long learning and enable learners to successfully balance further study with work and other commitments. When you complete a UCD micro-credential you acquire university credit (ECTS), which in many cases, can be stacked towards a UCD award, for example, a UCD Professional Diploma or UCD Masters.

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 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.

Completing a UCD micro-credential course gives you university credit in the form of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), which means it is recognised across Ireland, Europe and around the world.

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

While all UCD micro-credentials can be taken as individual courses, many can be stacked, like building blocks, into a UCD award. This approach allows you to achieve a University qualification at a pace that suits your life and work commitments.

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.

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