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Short Courses (July Stimulus)

Please note that  these modules are now closed.

Short Modules or Microcredentials

We are delighted to announce, for a second year, that as part of the Government July Stimulus package UL will be offering 490 funded places on short, focused and accredited modules. Designed for those who want to upskill in a specific area, in a short time. The modules will run from September to November 2021 and last between 5 to 12 weeks. Modules are delivered online and will be recorded to study in your own time.  

Applications are now open and you can study up to three modules at a time. For FAQs and eligibilty, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Each module will be stand-alone so participants can gain skills they can put into practice immediately in the workplace. They are also accredited in such a way as to provide building blocks to a full qualification should the student so wish.

To see a summary of the courses, closing dates, approximate weekly hours and cost to the student click below. Summary Table 

Short Module Summary Table


Management Development Unit

The following modules are closed however you may express interest by clicking in to the course below 

Science & Engineering

Education & Health Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

The Short Modules are free or partially funded for candidates who satisfy eligibility criteria. 

All Level 6 programmes are 100% funded by the Government to all successful applicants.

All Level 7, 8 and 9 programmes are 90% funded for those in employment and 100% funded for those on a qualifying social welfare payment or those returning to the workforce after a period of being out of work.

A list of the module fees can be found here

The modules are available to:

  • The Employed (full time or part time)
  • Unemployed
  • Returners (have been out of the workforce but not receiving a DSP payment)
  • Formerly Self-employed
  • Recent graduates

Eligibility and other requirements in respect of modular skills courses will align with Springboard+ eligibility criteria. Further information on eligibility can be found here

Yes you can. Modular courses applicants can apply for up to 3 modular courses not exceeding 30 ECTS credits in total. If you completed a July Stimulus Module in 2020 this is counted towards your total eligibility. For example; if you completed 1 module last year, you can only apply for 2 in 2021.

The majority of teaching and learning is delivered online and the sessions are recorded. This makes it easy to study more than one at a time.

Unfortunately not. Learners can only be registered on one publicly funded higher education course whether that be Springboard+, HCI Pillar 1 or July Stimulus Postgraduate or Modular courses. Learners are not permitted to be registered on two courses in the one academic year.

To apply for a short module:

  1. Select the Short Module you would like to apply for. 
  2. Note the course code (this is very important) as you will need to enter it in your application.
  3. Select apply
  4. You will be directed to a page where you MUST enter the course code.

You will need to provide your Proof of Employment Status -  Please click here for more information. This will be requested from you post application - a call to action will be issued with a link to upload the documents via your applicant portal.

Candidates should carefully consider all noted entry requirements before making an application, including academic achievement and prior learning. Requirements have been set to support successful completion of modules.