Courses and Credits

Whilst you can choose from a broad range of courses in the fields of education, the arts and humanities, STEM and religious studies, we have developed a number of recommended courses which have been specifically designed to enrich your study abroad experience. The courses listed below offer specific opportunities to learn about the history, heritage and culture of Ireland and develop your intercultural skills. 

All Study Abroad students must register for Peacebuilding and Reconciliation and / or Northern Ireland Culture and Education.


Designed to develop an understanding of the role educators can play in promoting peace and reconciliation in post-conflict societies, the module explores areas such as the relationship between reconciliation and social justice; the role schools, youth work agencies and religious groups play in building social cohesion; peacebuilding at a conceptual and policy level; and different approaches to peacebuilding.


With an emphasis on schools and the curriculum, the module examines the Northern Ireland education system and curriculum, past and present, contrasting it with other systems globally. It also looks at cultural influences and patterns. Current issues and challenges covered include inclusivity in education, educational selection at age 11 and religious and social segregation and integration.


The module examines trends in youth culture and the implications for the personal, social and emotional development of young people. Student will gain a better understanding of youth culture and adolescent development and how historical changes and social and cultural trends affect and influence young people. Students are encouraged to put theory into practice by undertaking a placement module in a community or youth work setting.


The focus of this module is the teaching of languages to young children. Students will explore and discuss the history of second language teaching. Students will also become familiar with the theories and methodology of second language learning and acquisition. Through observation of good practice and teaching, the students will relate practice to theory and develop teaching materials in the context of the Northern Ireland Curriculum and Languages Strategy.


This module investigates a range of texts written for children, including traditional tales, picture books, fantasy, realistic fiction, historical fiction and poetry. There will be a focus on the ways in which each literary genre displays differing conventions in language and in structure. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops and deliver lessons in local schools.


In addition to the recommended modules, there is an extensive range of pathways and modules for you to create a tailored programme around your interests. Click on the below links for further details of the available courses and credits.

Primary Education modules

Post Primary Education modules

Early Childhood Studies modules

Health Physical Activity and modules


Students will typically take a full course load of 60 CATS (15 US Credits) per semester or 120 CATS (30 US Credits) for the academic year. The majority of courses are 20 CATS, however we also offer a number of 10 CATS (2.5 US Credit) courses.

Students will received a transcript from QUB detailing the courses taken and grades achieved. Your home institution will advise on how study abroad credits will be applied to your academic record.

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