What are Postgraduate Flexi-Option Modules?

Flexi-Option Modules allow you to register for some postgraduate modules without committing yourself to a full postgraduate course. They are part of UCC’s commitment to flexible learning routes at postgraduate level. You can study single modules from a wide range of postgraduate courses in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, which will allow you to up-skill your previous qualification or to explore a new area of study.


What are the Benefits?

Whether you want to get ahead at work, or to get into a new job, or to study simply for interest and personal enjoyment, a single module from one of our postgraduate courses may be suitable for you. As a registered UCC student in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, you will have access to extensive library and research facilities and the academic stimulation of a postgraduate peer group. On successful completion of each module, you receive a transcript of results. This is your certificate of attendance and an official record of having completed the module.


What Can I Study?

The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences offer a wide range of Flexi-Option modules from across the arts, humanities and social sciences subject areas. Details about individual modules can be found in the university's Book of Modules. All modules are only available as Flexi-Options subject to the agreement of the module coordinator.


How Much Will It Cost?

There is a non-refundable application fee of €35. The cost of each module is calculated as a proportion of the full fee for the postgraduate course that the module is part of (plus a small administration fee). Typically, a 5-credit module will cost about €500.


What is the Time Commitment?

The time commitment varies according to the timetable and requirements for each module. Lectures, tutorials, seminars, workships and labs take place during the week Monday to Friday, 9am - 6pm and are spread out over the course of a 12 week semester. More details are available from the module coordinator; you'll find their name in the online Book of Modules, and their contact details by using the search facility on the top right of the UCC home page.


Will I Have to Sit Exams?

You will be required to undertake the prescribed assessment for each module. Assessment varies from module to module but will consist of written examinations, essays, portfolios, in-class tests, individual or group presentations, in any combination. Details of prescribed assessment are outlined in the online Book of Modules


Am I Eligible?

You can apply to study a Postgraduate Flexi-Option module if you meet the entry requirements for the postgraduate course that the module is part of. Entry requirements for all our postgraduate courses can be found in the UCC online prospectus. In addition, you must check with the module coordinator to see if Postgraduate Flexi-Option students are allowed on their module, and that the module is not already over-subscribed. The name of each module coordinator is given in the online Book of Modules. Their contact details are available using the search facility on the top right of the UCC home page.


Can I Accumulate Credits through Postgraduate Flexi-Options?

You can accumulate up to a maximum of 20 credits of Postgraduate Flexi-Option modules. A single module can be worth 5, 10 or 15 credits. Postgraduate Flexi-Option modules alone do not lead to the award of a qualification. Nor do they guarantee entry into a postgraduate course. If you successfully complete a Postgraduate Flexi-Option module(s) on a specific postgraduate course, and successfully secure a place on that postgraduate course you may be eligible for exemptions. However, please note that exemptions last for between 2 and 5 years from the date of passing the module after which time they expire.


How Can I Apply?

To apply for one or more Flexi-Option modules, please download the  Postgraduate Flexi-Options Application Form (93kB)

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