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A Trinity College Education - Online

Online Postgraduate Courses

A Trinity College Education - Online

For over 400 years, the commitment to provide a superior education has seen Trinity College Dublin gain a well-deserved reputation as one of the world’s best universities, and as Ireland's top university.

The Online Student Experience

Trinity's online students study courses that have been created by Trinity’s world-class academics and enhanced by online learning specialists. All videos, enhanced interactive presentations, and documents are accessible through Trinity College’s Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard Learn.

Throughout each online course, students collaborate with one another and with academics to create an engaging and vibrant online community of learners. Discussions and interactions with academics are not limited to emails, and students attend weekly virtual tutorials where they can interact with their class in real-time. Using a webcam and headset, each student can see, hear, and talk to academics and other students.


Why should I study online at Trinity College Dublin?

Earn an internationally recognised qualification with the same accreditation and high academic excellence you can expect from a Trinity College education. Trinity College is ranked 71st in the top 100 world universities. Tailor your studies around your personal and professional commitments. Learn from academic experts who are leaders in their disciplines. Be supported throughout your studies by our dedicated Trinity College support services. Graduate on campus and become part of a rich community of online learners and the wider Trinity alumni.

What types of online courses do you offer?

Trinity College Dublin offers many types of online courses; Postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, postgraduate masters degrees, shorter online continuing professional development (CPD) courses, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). All our postgraduate courses have the same accreditation as our on-campus courses. Our MOOCs do not offer a formal accreditation, but are a great way of learning online from the same academic experts. For a full list of our courses see our: Postgraduate course listings.

What are the start dates for your online postgraduate courses?

All our online postgraduate courses commence in September.

How much does it cost to do an online postgraduate course?

Our course fees differ depending on the award type and course duration. Please see our full postgraduate course listings for further details.

Do I have to come to the Trinity College campus in Ireland to do my course?

All of our online postgraduate courses are accessed in a place of your choosing. There is no requirement for you to come to the Trinity College campus. We currently have students from all across the globe including Australia, the United States and Singapore.

How are online courses taught and assessed?

Trinity College uses a Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard, which allows you to interact with lecturers and other students. All students attend weekly virtual tutorials where you will be able to see, hear and talk to lecturers.

This platform also helps you access live interactive discussions with lecturers, web resources such as videos, animations, wikis and quizzes, online discussion boards to learn with other students, case studies, and other activities designed to make an engaging and fulfilling online learning experience.

A number of methods can be used by lecturers when it comes to assessment. This can take the form of continuous assignments, group assignments, oral presentations, quizzes, reflective journals, as well as standard end of module essay assignments. Masters degrees are also assessed via a research dissertation.
For full details of all our courses, and how each are taught and assessed please see our postgraduate course listings.

Is a Trinity College online postgraduate course accredited?

All Trinity College online postgraduate courses are accredited in the same way as on-campus courses. There are no differences between the qualifications you will gain online and those delivered on-campus, and strict quality assurance procedures are adhered to for our online courses. You will be awarded a qualification from Trinity College, The University of Dublin on completion of your course, and can graduate on campus in the same way as our on campus students.

Do I have to have much experience with computers or online learning?

All of our courses require a basic competency with computers. However, we don’t expect you to know how to use Blackboard before you start, and full orientation will be given before the course commences. Many of our students have never studied online before, and being motivated, self-disciplined and an independent learner are key skills.

What type of computer do I need?

To study one of our online courses, you usually only need a computer with Internet access. More details on the technical requirements for our courses are available through the individual Schools delivering the courses.

What supports are given to me as an online student?

Throughout your time as a Trinity College online student, you can access Trinity support services to help achieve your learning goals. Online students can also ask questions and be given feedback by lecturers, in real time, by attending a weekly live online tutorial.

How do I apply for an online course and find out about admission requirements?

You can apply for all of our online postgraduate courses via the course pages.

Find out more about the application process for Trinity College courses.