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UCC Online Programmes

UCC Online Programmes

UCC Online - Frequently Asked Questions

The prospects of undertaking an online course can be daunting. How will I balance work, life and study? Will I be able to engage with my classmates, lecturers and the academic content via a computer screen? What if the technology doesn't work? Who do I ask for help if I don't understand something?

Learning at UCC Online offers the benefits of being flexible to your schedule. It leverages clever, but easy-to-use technology. It allows you to access the support services of your department and the entire University through your learning journey. 

Below are answers to some of the more frequent questions that you may have about UCC Online. 

  1. Can I register for a full-time course and still work full-time?
  2. What facilities will I have access to in UCC? What facilities can I access remotely?
  3. Can I complete the course from abroad?
  4. Will I need to take time off work to complete the course?
  5. What level of IT skills do I need to have?
  6. Do I require any special equipment to enable me to do an online course?
  7. How will the course be assessed?
  8. How long will I have to complete my course?
  9. Do I have to attend campus to sit exams?
  10. Will I attend graduation and receive a UCC parchment?
  11. What do I need in order to apply?
  12. How are the fees structured?
  13. Can I claim tax back on the course?
  14. Does UCC have plans for more online courses that will interest me?

 

1. Can I register for a full-time course and still work full-time?

Absolutely, that's the advantage of online and blended learning with UCC Online, in that it can suit your schedule. Some of our blended learning courses may have a limited number of on campus days, but this is indicated in each of the individual course requirements, so do ensure you read the course information carefully.

2. What facilities will I have access to in UCC? What facilities can I access remotely?

All course work and resources will be available online, and should you ever decide to visit us here in UCC, you will have full access to all the facilities and services available on campus.

3. Can I complete the course from abroad?

We have many students from all over the world who are learning with UCC Online. Some courses, however, may have a limited number of on-campus days and hence require some travel, so please ensure to check the requirements of your preferred course.

4. Will I need to take time off work to complete the course?

Our courses are designed to suit busy professionals and fit around work and home life, by means of self-directed learning guided by our lecturers. However, you will need to commit a lot of time and effort to complete your course, so we recommend you consider your course carefully and, if necessary, discuss with your employer. Some of our courses are also offered part time, where you can complete your modules over two years.

5. What level of IT skills do I need to have?

As you will be undertaking an online course, it is highly recommended that you be reasonably competent with using a computer. If you are comfortable using a web browser, logging into websites and searching the web you should be all set to begin learning online. Guidelines on using the tools and resources required for your course will be provided for you during your orientation of the course.

6. Do I require any special equipment to enable me to do an online course?

For UCC Online, we would recommend a modern computer, no more than four years old. You will also need a broadband connection with minimum of 1Mb download speed. Guidelines on using the tools and resources required for your course will be provided for you during your orientation. For courses that are more technical in nature you may need a more up-to-date computer and faster broadband. Ensure you check the specific details for your preferred course.

7. How will the course be assessed?

UCC Online courses will generally use continuous assessment to award credit for each of your modules, along with a research thesis at the end of the course. Some courses may require on-campus examination, you should check your preferred course for details.

8. How long will I have to complete my course?

Generally, all UCC Online Masters Level courses are 12 months in length, and usually start around September or in January. Some of our courses are also offered part time, where you can complete your modules over two years. Others, also have a pathway offering, so you can initially complete a PG Diploma, followed by a Postgraduate Certificate, and then leading to a full Masters qualification. Check your course for more information, or if you have any queries, do contact the individual course coordinator.

9. Do I have to attend campus to sit exams?

UCC Online courses will generally use continuous assessment to award credit for each of your modules, along with a research thesis at the end of the course. Some courses may require on-campus examination, you should check your preferred course for details.

10. Will I attend graduation and receive a UCC parchment?

Absolutely, if you are in position to attend, we would be delighted to see you!  If you cannot travel to UCC, you will graduate in absentia.  For more details about UCC conferrings, click here.

11. What do I need in order to apply?

All applications are processed online. For full information about applying to UCC, click here.

12. How are the fees structured?

All fee information is detailed online here. If your preferred course is relevant to your current career, you should consider discussing this with your employer.  Some companies and organizations offer bursaries and assistance, or even cover the full costs for their employees who are pursuing a course relevant to their business.

13. Can I claim tax back on the course?

If you are an Irish taxpayer, yes, you can – you should visit the Revenue website here for more information.  If you pay taxes outside of Ireland, you should check with your respective tax authorities.

14. Does UCC have plans for more online courses that will interest me? 

UCC Online is adding to our portfolio all the time, with both new offerings, and enhancing existing courses to cater to the demands for flexible delivery. For the full listing of our online and blended programmes, please check the UCC Online website.

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