User Experience Design:
Online Course

UX Design Institute in partnership with UCD Professional Academy

Professional Diploma in UX Design

Build a successful career in UX with this Professional Diploma in UX Design - the  only university credit-rated online course in the world. UX designers are in demand with the average Irish salary being €40,000.

Validated by some of the world’s leading tech companies, this course is focused on the job-ready skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. It’s designed to help students kickstart a career in user experience and offers a thorough education on the principles and methodologies that are crucial to good UX design.

UX is an exciting discipline that blends psychology, technology, design and research to solve problems for users. It’s a rewarding career where professionals get to make an impact in their role. A recent NN/g study showed that UX Designers report an 85% median job satisfaction level.

This course is structured like a real UX project, so students work on the full UX lifecycle and adopt the mindset that make UX designers so valued. User experience skills are in high demand, and while many UX jobs are in the IT industry, there are opportunities in other sectors as more and more organisations develop quality digital products.

This UCD Professional Diploma in UX Design is being delivered in partnership with the UX Design Institute. As well as a deep understanding of the domain, you will develop a portfolio of work to showcase your talent to potential employers. Over six months, you will cover 130 hours of online learning, backed up by live sessions with a mentor and a work experience placement if needed.

You can secure your place with a deposit of 5% and pay the rest in instalments. Part-time students can avail of our 50-50 payment plan, whereby 50% of the fees are due upon commencement and the balance of 50% is due 30 days after you start the course. 

98% of our students say they would take another course with us. Give your career an advantage: Enrol or inquire today.

130 hours online: self-study over 6 months +9 hours live online mentoring for Springboard applicants 3500

Course content:

  • • Introduction to UX design
  • • User research
  • • User goals
  • • Structure and navigation
  • • Interactions
  • • Design principles
  • • Design patterns
  • • Mobile
  • • Workflows
  • • Prototyping and wireframing

General Information

Location Supported learning with online lectures and mentoring.

139 hours total – 130 hours of online learning part-time and 3 x 3-hour live online mentor sessions.

Delivered through an interactive online learning environment with supplementary learning resources

Next course dates

Coming soon


What to expect

  • Learn from experienced industry professionals - quality video lectures and additional course material will take you through the lifecycle of a UX project.
  • Master practical skills and knowledge that you will be able to use in your professional role.
  • Improve your employability by developing a portfolio of work from your case study projects.
  • Interact with your fellow students for support and networking.
  • On successful completion, you will receive a UCD Professional Diploma in UX Design and a Level 6 qualification.

Build your UX career with a globally-recognised, industry-approved qualification

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This course is suitable for any professional who wants to build a successful career in UX – you may be looking to transition into this field or you may want to use UX skills in your current position. This course involves completing 130 hours of online learning over six months, with much of the work being done in your own time. You will be a professional who is comfortable organising your time and staying motivated and engaged in a self-paced learning situation.

You must have a Level 6 major award or equivalent. Relevant professional experience may be accepted in place of academic qualifications. You will ideally have several years’ professional experience behind you as well.

Typically, students come from a range of professional backgrounds (such as project management, graphic design, marketing, product management, or business analysis) and have complementary skills that allow them to get the most from the course.


According to LinkedIn, UX Design is one of the top five hard skills that employers are looking for. As well as developing your skills and knowledge, this course will build your confidence from a true, deep understanding of the domain.

Completing this course will allow you to create the all-important portfolio that will show employers you have the hands-on experience to deliver successful UX projects. In the world of UX, your portfolio is your CV, so the focus will be on creating a portfolio that highlights the depth of your knowledge to potential employers. 

During the course you’ll prepare 8 case study projects, each showcasing your skills in a certain area of UX.


Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection. You do not need special software. You will be given access to our Student Portal, where you can access all your study materials and manage your account. Lectures are prerecorded, so you can watch them in your own time.

There will also be three live mentoring sessions, delivered using Zoom. Login details and instructions on how to join a Zoom meeting can be found in your Student Portal. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphone so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students. You do not have to enable your camera if you don’t want to.

Throughout the course, the Student Services team is on hand to support you.

Assessment is based on a computer-based examination lasting 120 minutes. It will measure your knowledge and UX design expertise following completion of all lessons and submission of your course project work. A range of different question formats is used, including text-based multiple-choice, image-based multiple-choice, and matching and hot spot questions.

In addition, you must submit a minimum of 8 projects as part of the case study, which is used to build your professional design portfolio.

When you successfully graduate, you will gain:

  • A Professional Diploma in UX Design from UCD Professional Academy 
  • Professional Diploma in UX Design from UX Design Institute and credit-rated by Glasgow Caledonian University
  • A Level 6 National Framework of Qualification (NFQ) and 10 credits with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

Your UCD Professional Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You’ll also be able to add the certification to your LinkedIn profile to demonstrate your achievement to your network as well as recruiters and potential employers searching for individuals with your skills and experience.


We have the below payment options:

  • Full payment before the start of the course
  • 5% deposit to secure the student's place and paying the remaining balance in instalments before the start of the course
  • 50-50 payment option (students will be required to pay 50% of the fees before the start of the course, with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing)

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