Frequently Asked Questions

Browse our most frequently asked questions for information about the MDU and our programmes. For other enquiries or programme specifics, get in touch with us directly.

What is included in the course fees?

Our course fees are highly competitive and include registration, core textbooks and materials. We offer a number of payment options depending on the level and duration of your programme. For detailed information on programme fees, please contact Breda Ahern on 061 202915 or breda.ahern@ul.ie.

What support is provided for learners?

We make ourselves available and accessible to all MDU learners for guidance and support throughout their studies at UL, whether it’s managing workloads or provide extra tutor support. We understand returning to education can be challenging, both personally and professionally—that’s why we take a hands-on approach to supporting learners and are committed to helping however we can.

How is my work assessed?

MDU courses do not include exams. All courses use continuous assessment to evaluate learning, which helps participants and their tutors more accurately understand their progress throughout the course. We provide on-going feedback on assignments and encourage active participation in all workshops and activities as a means of getting practical, work-related advice and improving your learning experience.

How much time will I need to dedicate to coursework on a daily or weekly basis?

Time requirements will vary depending on the learner and the chosen course. However, most participants find they spend an average of 1 to 2 hours per day on their coursework.

What is the required attendance for the programmes?

Most Certificate-level programmes meet for one day every three weeks, while the Diploma and BA in Management Practice Programmes meet for two consecutive days every three weeks. The Diploma in Health Services Management meets one day every two weeks. The MSc in Supply Chain Management is delivered 100% online.

What happens if I can’t attend a session due to personal events or work obligations?

Effective management requires flexibility! We understand that you’re managing both personal and professional requirements in addition to your education. If there’s a conflict, come talk to us or your tutor to find a solution that works for your schedule.

Where can I find schedules for the courses?

Programme schedules can vary from course to course and year to year. For the latest information and schedule details, contact Breda Ahern on 061 202 915 or breda.ahern@ul.ie.

How does my work experience qualify me for a course?

Depending on your specific role and responsibilities, you may have acquired significant knowledge and understanding of management techniques and theory during your professional career. There’s no one way to learn, but sometimes a specific academic credential is required to progress your career. We take your experience into account, regardless of the level of formal education you have completed. As each individual’s circumstances are unique, please contact us to discuss your specific qualifications and career goals.

How can I progress from a certificate through to a masters?

MDU programmes are designed to build on each other, similar to how sequential years of undergraduate study build towards a degree. So the certificate course qualifies you for the diploma, which qualifies you for the degree, which can qualify you for the masters programme. This structure helps you achieve your goals, enable your organisation and empower your future—however you envision it.

I have a degree in an unrelated field—can I qualify for the supply chain masters programme?

Supply chain management is becoming increasingly important in a number of various roles, so it’s important to look at your unique experience, responsibilities and aspirations to determine if this masters course is right for you. The best place to start is with a phone call to our programmes director, Yvonne Delaney, on 061 202 915 to discuss your suitability.

Are all tutor-led sessions held at UL?

Most workshops are held onsite at the UL campus in Limerick; however, some courses include offsite or online-only meetings, and certain employer-sponsored courses may be held at the organisation’s facilities. The MSc in Supply Chain Management is 100% online, with no onsite requirements. For details of a specific course schedule and delivery, contact Breda Ahern on 061 202 915 or breda.ahern@ul.ie.