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Most part-time programmes have specific entry requirements. Some are related to educational qualifications and others to relevant work experience. Where the term 'or equivalent' appears it means that your educational or work experience should have provided you with sufficient background to be successful on the programme. It is also important to consider the nature of the programme and your ability in mathematics, writing and other academic skills.

If you have questions about the level of academic skills required please call the contact number for that programme on the web site.

Fees for each part-time programme are listed on the TU Dublin website here

Fees are paid via on-line Registration System.  A minimum fee payment of 25% is required to register.   You will be issued with a link to the on-line Registration System once your student record has been setup. 

The schedule for paying fees are:

September Start Programmes
Can be paid in full before the start of class or in 3 instalments of 25%/25%/50%.  1st instalment due before the start of class and 2nd instalment due before 31st October and final instalment due before 31st January.

January Start Programmes
Can be paid in full before the start of class or in 3 instalments of 25%/25%/50%.  1st Instalment due before the start of class and 2nd instalment due before 28th February and final instalment due before 31st May.

NB: Examination results are not released to any student with an outstanding fee and the student will not be permitted to progress to the next Academic Session or graduate with a TU Dublin qualification.

For applicants to part-time programmes, the School to which you are applying will contact you directly to let you know if your application has been successful. In some cases you may be invited for an interview. 

Once the School have submitted your details to Registrations Service, an Invitation to Register will then be issued to your personal email address.

For detailed current calendar information, please click here.

Classes for part-time students usually begin the fourth week in September.
Classes end in early May for programmes on a three-term system, and in late May for programmes using a two-semester system.
Christmas holidays are normally three weeks starting the week of Christmas through the first two weeks in January.
Easter holidays are normally two weeks, the week before and the week following Easter Sunday.

Because TU Dublin is located in Dublin City centre, the centres are easy to reach by bus, tram or train. Details are included on the map page in this summary. There are no campus parking facilities available at this time. However there is parking on streets adjacent to most TU Dublin City Campus locations, and there are also public car parks in the vicinity.

It varies from programme to programme, depending on the type of programme. In many programmes it is a good idea to plan for two hours of outside work for each hour in class. During times when projects or assignments are due, the work outside of class would usually be heavier. The programme tutor will normally talk about the expectations for study time outside of class in the early part of the programme.

Many programmes have written examinations at the end of the academic year in May (see the TU Dublin academic calendar for exam dates). In addition, some programmes have continuous assessments including group work, reports, and project work. Information about exams and assessments is usually provided to students on the programme at the beginning of the academic year.

Details of financial assistance are in the booklet published by the Department of Education and Science called Financial Support for Further and Higher Education, which is available on their website: Tax relief may be available for fees of approved part-time programmes which have a minimum duration of two years. A list of approved programmes is available from the Revenue Commissioners. In addition, the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs offers the Back to Education Allowance to qualified applicants (unemployed people and lone parents). This allowance is available for full-time and part-time students. After being accepted on a programme, contact the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs for details about application (form EOS 1) for the Back to Education Allowance (01 874 8444).

TU Dublin is an equal opportunity institution and welcomes applications from students with disabilities. You should plan to contact the Disability Liaison Office well in advance to outline any particular facility or support which you may need for your study at TU Dublin. 

Information on Disability Support Services is available here.

Some programmes require significant work using a computer, and others do not. Computer labs are available throughout TU Dublin for use by students who need computers to complete programme work. Some programmes require highly specialised software which is only available in computer labs. Before making a decision to purchase your own computer, it would be best to attend the programme to find out how you will be using the computer in your programme. Computer skills are an advantage, but are not required for all programmes.

Each academic year, for eligible students there is a Laptop Loan Scheme available from each TU Dublin Library. Details available here

Currently only a few highly specialised programmes are available through distance learning. However, TU Dublin is planning to expand distance learning and online learning in the future. When these programmes become available they will be noted on the TU Dublin website.

This information appears in the TU Dublin Assessment Regulations, First Edition, pages 90-94. The following awards are offered by TU Dublin. Please browse the part-time programmes to determine the type of award being offered for the programme you are considering.
Higher Certificate

A Higher Certificate programme is normally two years full-time duration (or an equivalent part-time duration). Such programmes are expected to have an applied orientation and include suitable relevant aspects of the technology and techniques appropriate to the discipline. The Higher Certificate is awarded for the attainment of a total of 120 ECTS Credits, 60 at Level 1 and 60 at Level 2.
Ordinary Degree

An Ordinary Degree programme is normally of either three years full-time or of one year full-time post-Higher Certificate duration (or equivalent part-time duration). An Ordinary Degree programme reaches a significantly higher level than a Higher Certificate programme, perhaps in a more specialised area of study, entailing a significant input of both theoretical knowledge and project work, especially at the final year stage. The Ordinary Degree is awarded for the attainment of a total of 180 ECTS Credits, 60 at Level 1, 60 at Level 2, and 60 at Level 3.

Honours Degree Awards

A programme leading to a Bachelor or primary Honours Degree award is normally the academic outcome of a four-year full-time programme (or part-time equivalent). Honours Degree-level programmes have a significant conceptual orientation, with learning objectives that develop comprehension, analysis, synthesis, practical application of knowledge, and research methods.

Bachelor Degree with Honours is awarded for the attainment of a total of 240 ECTS Credits, 60 at Level 1, 60 at Level 2, 60 at Level 3, and 60 at Level 4. This Degree is usually required for entry to Master's Degree programmes.
Postgraduate Programmes and Awards: A taught Master's Degree level programme is normally of one or one and a half years' full-time study (or part-time equivalent) for holders of honours Bachelors Degrees. It requires the preparation of a dissertation on a project related to the taught content of the programme.
Postgraduate Certificate is awarded for the attainment of a minimum of 30 ECTS credits at level 5.
Postgraduate Diploma is awarded for the attainment of a minimum of 60 ECTS credits at level 5.
Taught Masters Degree is awarded for the attainment of a minimum of 90 ECTS credits at level 5.

'ECTS' stands for European Credit Transfer System. It is the common credit system in place at TU Dublin and in other universities in Ireland and in Europe to assign credits to a programme or module. This information appears in the TU Dublin Assessment Regulations, First Edition.

Each level corresponds to the equivalent of a full academic year of study. Level 1 is the first academic year of third-level studies, Level 2 is second year, etc.
Each ECTS credit corresponds to 20 'learning hours' (not all learning hours are hours spent in class sessions). A full academic year of study corresponds to 60 ECTS credits.

The following services are provided for all students, but please check with your Campus to determine opening hours.


Each TU Dublin centre has its own comprehensive library facility and total collections are at present in excess of 10,000 items. All of the TU Dublin libraries operate a book security system to protect their collections. Part-time students are provided with student cards to enable them to use the library to borrow books and to avail of inter-library loans. Library staff are always available and willing to help students find information. The TU Dublin libraries have evening and Saturday opening hours. For details, please check the library website.


Students may avail of photocopying facilities by using a special photocopying card. These cards may be purchased from vending machines in TU Dublin libraries.
Computer Facilities

Computer facilities are available in each TU Dublin centre. Some centres have computer labs open on evenings and Saturdays. Please check opening hours at each centre.

Food Services

Hot meals are usually served until 6:30 p.m., and snacks are usually available in the evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in most centres.
Students' Union Shops

Each Centre has a Students' Union shop where students may purchase stationery, confectionery, soft drinks, etc. These shops are conveniently located and remain open until 8:00 p.m. each evening when evening classes are scheduled.

TU Dublin Counselling Service is a confidential service staffed by a team of Counselling Psychologists with an office in each of the TU Dublin Centres. The Counselling Service aims to help students to identify and solve any difficulties, large and small, that might interfere with academic and personal development. Some of the issues that a student might talk to a counsellor about would include social/personal difficulties, financial worries, or study worries.

However, you don't have to have enormous problems before you talk to a counsellor. In addition to individual counselling, the service offers a variety of workshops and training seminars in such areas as study skills, stress management, and communication skills. Check the Counselling Service webpage at this link.


The chaplains form an integral part of life in the Institute. Their work is primarily one of pastoral care. The Chaplaincy is ecumenical and is directed to all who work in the Institute. One of the principal aims of the Chaplaincy is to encourage the integration of personal, social and spiritual development with academic effort and achievement. The chaplains are easily contacted at their rooms in each Centre. 

To make an appointment, please contact the Chaplaincy Service.