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Ensuring the integrity of your qualification

As an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of UCD, the Professional Academy is steered by a committee comprised of the President of UCD, Professor Andrew Deeks, the Vice President for Global Engagement, Professor Dolores O’Riordan, and the Bursar of UCD, Mr. David Kelly.

This Steering Committee appoints an Academic Oversight Board to oversee quality assurance and educational standards for the UCD Professional Academy. This board is chaired by Emeritus Professor Thomas Bolger, a former Head of School and longstanding member of the UCD academic community, and is further comprised of academics drawn from across the colleges of UCD.

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Governance and Quality Assurance

UCD Professional Academy awards are not part of any UCD accredited course, such as a credit bearing degree. Although UCD does not academically accredit the Professional Academy's awards, structures are in place, such as the Academic Oversight Board, which allow UCD to stand over their quality.

To view the terms of reference of our academic oversight board click here.

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Getting ahead with professional credibility

A UCD Professional Academy Award is a relatively short, practical course that gives you up-to-date skills in a professional area – everything from leadership to finance via project management. It empowers you with best practice learning from industry experts, marrying your newfound skills with credibility to help you meet the demands of employers.

Your UCD Professional Academy award is a way to verify your credentials and achieve the career recognition you deserve. By studying with us you’ll not only gain access to career-boosting skills and knowledge in a timetable that works for you, but learn alongside like minded professionals whose collaboration and shared experience support and cement your learning.

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Who should study for a Professional Diploma?

Professional Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects rather than their academic credentials.

With their tight focus and duration, UCD Professional Academy diplomas and awards are stand-alone qualifications and are not referenced to NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) levels or UCD University academic courses. They are not generally accepted for transfer credit onto academic courses, but are widely recognised and valued by employers. This is not unusual for professional courses of this nature, where the need is for fresh and actionable skills immediately applicable in the workplace.

What Our Alumni Say

Studying for a Professional Diploma in B2B Marketing was a new experience for me, I’ve never studied an online course before and it was incredible. The course was relevant to my day-to-day work, The topics were up to date and relevant to what was happening in the world at the time. I would highly recommend this course.

Leandro Costa


Business Development Executive, Munich Re Automation Solutions LTD

Studying for a Professional Diploma in Performance Management was a great way to expand my knowledge and learn about management techniques which can help my organisation continue to grow. The expert advice provided by the lecturer and learning from my classmates was extremely beneficial and created an environment where knowledge could be shared.

John Hyland


Managing Director, OTT Software Solutions

Overall I had a great experience studying for a Professional Diploma in Project Management. I feel much more confident in my new role having done this course and I know that what I've learned will help me as I continue in this role and also well into the future as I hopefully continue to grow my project management career.

Conor Flynn


Project Manager, Longboat

I had a very positive experience when studying for Effective Presentation Skills. The breakout rooms provided us with the opportunity to talk live to other students in Ireland and around the World! That was really a great learning experience. The short videos of famous people using the techniques that Anne has told us about was also very enjoyable.

Niall McGee


Teacher and coordinator of well being

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