Why Study Online with Flexible Learning @ UL?

Our blended learning offerings mean that you can work and study at the same time thereby applying what you've learned directly to the workplace to solve issues that are significant to your industry or profession.  Peer to peer learning is also a feature of our programmes as you study alongside students from many backgrounds and industries.  Our online and blended learning programmes involve the same level of study as on-campus courses and the qualification you earn is of equal value.  

The Flexible Learning Centre previously known as Ulearning has over 14 years of experience with online learners

We have been delivering online and blended learning programmes for over 13 years and currently offer more than 21 programmes in this way. We understand the unique requirements of our online learners and have the skills and experience to meet these requirements.

Supportive Tutors using industry relevant tools

During the course of your study, students are be supported by experienced academic and industry subject matter experts. We are committed to high quality and innovative teaching to help you reach your full potential. Although the emphasis at postgraduate level is very much on independent study, support from our approachable teaching staff is always on hand. Our tutors have spent time in the industry and have a technical and professional background to complement their teaching which remains up to date and relevant.

About Blended Learning

The delivery of many courses uses a blended approach, i.e. a combination of distance/online learning materials combined with face-to-face lab sessions, tutorials, and seminars. The online element facilitates the learning in tandem with the distance-education, online materials, and classroom contact.

Students may be required to attend laboratory, tutorial or seminar session at various stages throughout the programme. Depending on the structure of the course these can vary from one to five days per semester and are generally held on campus at the University of Limerick. In addition, it is recommended that students commit 8-10 hours of study per week per module.

Students are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment: assignments, group work, online activity, practical work and an end of semester exams. The project element of each course requires the participant to apply the learning from the taught modules to their own organisations and deliver a concise and analytical report on their findings and results.

10 Things as an Adult You Need To Know About Returning To Education

Undertaking a programme of study whether it is a single module or a 4 Year course is a commitment.  Returning to education as an adult student is a different experience from the traditional-age student (between the ages of 18 and 22), and poses a unique set of challenges. So while this can be an exciting step, it can be daunting. 

Check out our '10 Things as an Adult That You Need to Know about Returning to Education' for tips and advice to help you succeed with your studies.