Taught course

Technical Writing

University of Limerick · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

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 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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • GradCert
    full time
    12-24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12-24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Elaine Walsh