The NUI Maynooth Certificate & Diploma courses are linked to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). This means that students may acquire credits and apply for exemptions to other courses or degree programmes within the credit transfer system. The NUI Certificate courses carry up to 20 (ECTS) and the NUI Diploma in Arts carries 60 (ECTS).
Students who have successfully completed a subject specific NUIM Certificate (20 ECTS) may apply for exemption (20 general credits) in one subject in 1st Year Bachelor of Arts degree programmes at NUI Maynooth. This means that instead of taking three subjects in 1st Year, students already holding an NUIM Certificate may opt to take only two subjects. This option is voluntary. Please note that students must apply through the Central Admissions Office (CAO) for full-time courses.
Part-time Diploma in Arts programmes offer students an opportunity to continue their studies and to accumulate credit. Diploma courses at NUI Maynooth carry 60 credits and students who successfully complete them, can then carry their credits to our part-time degree programmes in Local Studies or in Community Studies.
Recognition of Accredited Prior Learning (APL) is considered for exemption from specific modules on the BA Community Studies and BA Local Studies part-time degree programmes. Accredited NUI Maynooth courses and accredited higher education courses provided by other institutions successfully completed by applicants are considered by a University Committee for recognition of APL.
A student can transfer a maximum of 60 credits for APL (up to 30 at Certificate level and up to 60 at Diploma level). APL credits are awarded to individual students through NUI Maynooth academic procedures, and are not negotiable.
All courses are offered on condition that enrolment numbers reach a satisfactory level.