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UCC Short Course Programme Autumn/Winter 2020…we are moving online! Due to the impact of Covid-19 on the University’s teaching activities and to safeguard the health of our students and staff, we have decided to move our Autumn/Winter short course programme online. Our range of courses on offer remains as extensive as ever and we will continue to offer morning and evening courses.

The programme for Autumn/Winter is now available for online application - apply by by clicking the link, Find Out More, above.

Important dates: 

  • Our autumn/winter programme is now open for online application.  
  • All courses will begin the week commencing Monday, 5 October, 2020. 

Adult Continuing Education, University College Cork, is pleased to present a newly augmented range of short courses for the Autumn/Winter Semester 2020. Since 2005, Adult Continuing Education (ACE) has been offering an extensive programme of short courses. The number of courses on offer has increased steadily since this time, as has the number of participants that are attracted to our programmes. We are now one of the leading providers of short courses in an Irish university context. The short course programme is an integral part of ACE’s identity and to our reputation for offering high quality, relevant and topic-diverse courses has gained in the public awareness. Each year we strive to add new course subjects to our existing portfolio and this year is no different. This brings a sense of vibrancy and freshness to our programme and encourages, amongst potential participants, a sense of anticipation for what the new academic year might bring. Our selection is guided by the intention to appeal to a broad range of interests, concerns, and needs. To satisfy such a range, our courses cover a diverse range of topics from Personal and Professional Coaching Skills to Creative Writing; Michelangelo: His Life, Art and Times to The Philosophy of Everyday Life: A Beginner’s Guide to Philosophy to How to Read Art, and from Climate Change to Genealogy.

We hope that from the courses on offer, you will find one, if not more, that either serve to strengthen your knowledge in an area of existing interest or perhaps introduce you to a new area of learning or perhaps facilitate your professional development.

Furthermore, these courses showcase the work and interests of the University in a public forum. We would like to thank and acknowledge our many internal and external partners whose participation brings success and energy to our courses.

We are by nature curious for the new, be it new information, new opinions or new viewpoints. We trust that participation in a course of study will enable you to think in new ways. More importantly, we wish that your choice of course brings you enjoyment and intellectual reward in an informal and sociable setting.

While our courses are non-assessed, we see them as a means of engaging you in the rewards of lifelong learning; your participation may be the first step towards committing yourself to a more dedicated programme of education and self discovery in the future. Our short courses are not only accessible but they are also a very enjoyable and sociable way to engage with learning. And, we are happy to say that many students who come to UCC through a short course continue to longer accredited and degree courses. We aim to open to the door and welcome people in and once they take that step toward learning, we work to build confidence and to foster amongst our students a love of learning for both personal and professional development.

We wish you very success and enjoyment on our programmes.


Equality, Diversity and Rights: How to Address Discrimination and Inequality in Ireland

Design and Develop with the User in Mind: An Introduction to the Principles of User-Centered Design

Gender Identify in Ireland: Perceptions and Practice

Imagining a New Future: Building Communities and Sharing Spaces in Covid-19 Times

Research and Write Your Family Tree: A Complete Step by Step Guide

Social and Cultural Anthropology





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