GMIT Programmes and Structures All of the academic programmes leading to Undergraduate awards at different levels at GMIT are detailed in this prospectus. Each programme comprises a defined set of modules which must be passed in order to obtain the award. A module is a block of study in a specific area with clear learning outcomes (what you should know, understand and be able to demonstrate when you have finished). It typically consists of a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical classes and is examined through continuous assessment and/or final examination. Every module is worth a certain number of credits, normally five or a multiple thereof, and is designed to be at a certain level (6, 7 or 8) on the National Framework of Qualification (NFQ). Modules can be delivered within a semester (one half of the academic year) or over a full academic year. Once a module is passed, the student is awarded the appropriate credits and they are retained permanently. GMIT operates a stage-based modular progression system. A stage is an academic year, 1st, 2nd etc, and normally comprises six year-long modules or 12 semester-long modules or a mixture of both. Each stage of a programme contains 60 credits and the number of credits required to obtain the different awards are normally as follows:
All higher education undergraduate programmes are now categorised as ‘Level 6/ Level 7’ and ‘Level 8’ (see Table 1 for full classification of higher education awards). You may apply for up to 10 programmes in order of preference in both the Level 6/7 category and in the Level 8 category through the CAO system. Offers will be made for the highest Level 8 and for the highest Level 6/Level 7 preferences to which you are entitled based on points scored in the Leaving Certificate.
Higher Certificate: 120 credits at Level 6
Table 1 Classification of Awards NQAI Level Award Level 10 Doctoral Degree Level 9
Bachelor degree: 180 credits (120 at Level 6 + 60 at Level 7) Bachelor Honours degree: 240 credits (120 Level 6 + 60 Level 7 + 60 Level 8)
Masters Degree, Postgraduate Diploma Honours Bachelor Degree, Higher Diploma
Bachelor Degree Higher Certificate
Some programmes are designed to allow students to acquire an honours degree in three years (e.g. Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting). GMIT rules require that a student registers for 60 credits in an academic year to be considered a full-time student. A student who registers for less than 60 credits in a year is considered part-time. Credits may be accumulated for a full award within the student’s chosen timeframe. If full-time students are unable to complete their studies, they will receive an academic transcript specifying the modules they have passed. Students who successfully complete stages one and two of a programme are eligible to apply for a Level 6 Higher Certificate in many instances. These are known as Exit Awards and further illustrate the flexibility of the GMIT awards system. GMIT programmes comprise mandatory modules (which a student must take) and elective modules (which allow the student to choose). Some of the elective modules are programme specific, while others are school or Institute-wide offerings. They offer students the opportunity to broaden their field of knowledge and range of skills.
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Academic Progression Routes
Postgraduate Qualification (Masters / PhD)
1 Year Add-On Honours Degree
Honours Bachelor Degree Level 8 (4 Years)
1 Year Add-On Bachelor Degree Level 7
Bachelor Degree Level 7 (3 years)
2 Year Higher Certificate Level 6
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