Part-Time Students

As a part-time student, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s can offer you a range of study options to suit your individual needs. Students study part-time for a variety of reasons, including:

  • part-time degree study
  • upskilling for career development
  • personal interest

Whatever your reason is, you will be fully supported through the process with Carlow College. As a small college, you have direct access to academic staff and a range of support services available to help you succeed in your chosen module/s.

Part-time Degree Study

Our part-time degree study option is available for those who wish to study on a part-time basis towards gaining a level 7 or level 8 degree. It is a flexible scheme that allows you to study up to six subjects (modules) per year towards a full degree qualification in a chosen area of study. Part-time students can study up to a maximum of six modules or a minimum of one module per academic year. If you wish to complete stage 1 of the degree over a two-year period, they must study 6 modules per year (3 modules in semester one and 3 modules in semester two).

All undergraduate degree programmes are available for part-time study, as below:


Part-time study at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s may also be used as a pathway to full time education. Once a part-time student has successfully completed stage one of a programme, they have the option to progress to stage two as a full time undergraduate student or continue on as a part-time learner. As an undergraduate full time student, you may be eligible for funding by applying to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).

Career Development or Personal Interest

If you are looking to study part-time to upskill for career development or to develop an area of personal interest, you can study stand-alone modules with our current undergraduate programmes or choose from our range of part-time Certificate and Higher Diploma courses (run in the evenings or online). These modules can be completed to gain additional credits for a particular subject discipline and/or up-skill in a professional area. Under this type of study model students can choose modules that will enhance existing qualifications to improve career prospects and employability.

As modules are taught in conjunction with the main degree, you will be attending lectures with full-time students when that subject is scheduled in the timetable. Carlow College, St. Patrick’s offer learners the facility to change subjects/modules in the first week of lectures, if the timetable is not suitable. A learner must inform the Admissions Office of such changes.

An overview of available modules is available below:


Applications for part-time undergraduate study for Semester 1 2024/25 are now open. Applications can be submitted online here.