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Genealogy - Dip

Course Fact File
Duration2 years
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
NFQ LevelLevel 7
NFQ Award TitleSpecial Purpose
Fees€1,500 per academic year. See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date31 May 2024
Next IntakeSeptember 2024

Blended - Online lectures with in person field trips. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for Further Details. 

Start DateSeptember 2024

Course Outline

The Diploma in Genealogy combines practical skills with portfolio based assessments designed to equip our learners with transferable skills aimed at genealogy, heritage and tourism employment. The course offers modules in genealogy, fieldwork, collection care and portfolio building. The Diploma offers participants the opportunity to engage in an interdisciplinary study of the past while developing genealogical research skills.

The Diploma in Genealogy (NFQ, Level 7), is a part-time course which runs over two years. Participants will complete five modules per academic year worth a combined 60 credits. This course is taught through a series of lectures and workshops.

The Modules for the Diploma are as follows:

Year 1

  • AD1031: Fieldwork in Genealogy
  • AD1895: Genealogy Sources
  • AD1897: Genealogy Portfolio
  • AD1898: Genealogical Record Keeping

Year 2

  • AD2827: Dissertation
  • AD2846: Genealogy Sources and Techniques
  • AD2858: Genealogy Contextualisation
  • AD2859: Advanced Genealogical Case Studies
  • AD2860: The Literature of Genealogy

Course Queries

For Academic Queries and Course Content Queries please contact the Programme Coordinator David Butler at

For Online Application Support please click here. 

If you require further assistance with your online application please contact the Programme Administrator Deborah Kerrisk at . 

Important Notice: Course Registration Deadlines

Please take note of the following deadlines for this course:

Round One Application Deadline: Friday, May 31st, 2024

  • If the course fills by this deadline, there will be no round two application process. Early application is advisable as there are limited numbers of places for this course. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by this date to guarantee consideration.

Final Registration Deadline: August 31st, 2024

  • In the event that there are additional places available, round two applications will open. Round two applications will close on August 31st, 2024.

We highly recommend early application to secure your place in our courses.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This course is on Thursdays from 6.30pm - 9.30pm with occasional Saturdays. 

Course Practicalities


Assessment is by various forms of continuous assessment

Who teaches this course

Dr David J Butler
An historical geographer by training, Dr Butler is a graduate of The National University of Ireland - University College Cork (UCC) in history and geography (BA: 1997); he pursued his doctoral studies at the department of Geography, UCC, culminating in 2003 with the award of PhD (N.U.I.), before going on to complete the NUI Higher Diploma in GIS. Dr Butler is also the Academic Director of the Irish Ancestry Research Centre which is based in Limerick.

A team of visiting lecturers and tutors supply the course by teaching in their areas of expertise, as required, in both years of the course.

Why Choose This Course

This course gives participants the opportunity to gain a university accreditation in genealogy. The genealogical research industry has experienced a boom in recent years and is continuing to grow as a result of developments in online research and the accessibility of resources. The Diploma is targeted at adult learners who may be returning to education and offers the opportunity to retrain, learn new skills and develop new career and employment opportunities within the genealogy industry.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Voluntary placements exist for practice based work within Genealogy research centre.

Skills and Careers Information

  • Family History Centre
  • Historical record keeping
  • Commencement to career route to professional genealogist
  • Historical researcher
  • Tourism centre


  • Candidates must be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application.
  • Candidates would normally hold Leaving Certificate or FETAC Level 5 qualification or equivalent and/or hold relevant experience or demonstrate an interest in the area of genealogy studies
  • If the course is over-subscribed, candidates may be called for interview
  • English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.
  • Candidates who successfully complete First Year may opt not to proceed to Second Year and may exit the programme with a Certificate in Genealogy.

Diploma programmes are offered subject to a minimum number of eligible applicants registering for the programme. Following completion of year 1 of this programme, should a sufficient number of eligible students not wish to progress form year 1 to year 2 of this programme as to make the year 2 viable, students will graduate with a certificate at that point. Programme viability is determined by reference to fee income and applicable costs in running the programme.

Fees and Costs

€1500 per academic year.  All ACE students are eligible to apply for loan membership of the Lough Credit Union. Students who join the Lough Credit Union loan scheme will be issued a membership number which must be inputted when registering online for this course. The purpose of this partnership is to provide finance for students, so that all may be in a position to take this course via a weekly payments system. The Lough Credit Union may be contacted at 021-4963384 or by emailing

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.

How To Apply

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 
Select the following options:
Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • 50% of the fees will also be required to complete your application. 


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