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Technical Writing - Graduate Certificate

Course Details


Available: Part- Time

Duration: 2 Years

Award: Graduate Certificate

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Elaine Walsh
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Brief Description

Applications will open on April 6th 2021

Technical communication is a fast-growing discipline worldwide, as communication media become more pervasive and technology more complex. The University of Limerick pioneered a full-time programme in technical communication in 1995. Since September 2001, UL has offered a Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing by distance learning.

Course Contact

For additional information on the application process, please email For information on programme content and structure, please contact the Programme Director, Elaine Walsh, at


The aim of this distance learning programme is to offer flexible access to certification through distance learning for people who lack qualifications in Technical Communication. The programme emphasises that the job of a technical writer entails more than writing – graphics, cultural issues, layout, and design all play a part, and students receive tuition on all of these areas.


The specific objectives are:

• To provide distance learning students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of technical communication.

• To prepare students for productive employment as effective technical writers in industry.

• To provide people who lack qualifications in technical communication with access to certification via distance learning.


On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:

• Design and deliver instructional materials.

• Use a number of multimedia applications.

• Manage complex writing and design projects.

• Write clear, correct, precise content.



Graduates will be unique in Ireland, qualified to work as technical writers, and in a variety of related roles such as editing, web design, and technology journalism. In addition, graduates may be eligible to gain employment in the areas of instructional design and e-learning as they also receive tuition in these areas. Typically, our graduates gain employment in Ireland but as the programme is university accredited, it is also possible to gain employment abroad.



Academic Year Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 TW5211 Principles of Professional and Technical Communication and Information Design (9 ECTS) TW5212 Workplace Issues in Technical and Professional Communication (9 ECTS)
Year 2 EL6041 Instructional Design (9 ECTS) EL6072 Interactive Courseware Workshop (9 ECTS)

Normally, a primary degree in any discipline is required for admission to the course. Prior experience working as a technical writer or instructional designer will also be an advantage. Applicants lacking a formal degree can apply to be considered through RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) using the standard application form, but they must provide evidence of relevant prior learning and experience.

Applicants must have a high standard of written English.

Applicants must be proficient computer users. Whilst an ECDL qualification is not compulsory, applicants should have a similar level of computer experience i.e. a very good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and the Internet. Applicants must have access to the Internet (Broadband ideally), as the course is delivered online. During their studies, students may be invited to attend a workshop/session at the University of Limerick campus. This is an opportunity for students to visit the campus and meet their lecturers and classmates. Students are not obliged to attend these workshops, however, and the workshop materials will be posted online for all students.

The cost for EU students for the academic year 2020/21 is €814 per module. This includes the student levy of approximately €47 per semester. For non-EU students, the fees are significantly higher.

Prospective students can contact the Fees Office at UL by email ( or telephone (061 202026/ 213137/ 213436).

See also Fees schedule 2020/21  and for further details.