The Sunday Times this week named the University of Limerick as “the centre for technical writing training in Ireland”.
In an article featuring technical writing as a career with excellent employment prospects in Ireland, the newspaper notes that the MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning “can be completed part-time over two years or full-time over one, and is flexible when it comes to online/distance learning.” The full piece is available here.
Technical communication is a fast-growing discipline worldwide, as communication media become more pervasive and technology more complex. Most graduates go to work for multinationals; some of the biggest employers of technical writers include SAP and IBM, but smaller IT companies would also have at least one or two working in house. Other graduates gravitate more towards elearning, securing positions with companies such as Firecrest, which produces online training courses.
Quoted in the article, Course Director Dr Yvonne Cleary says:
“The skills of technical writers are in demand across a range of industries. Even during the depths of the recession, our graduates were getting work in Ireland. Any good graduate who wants a job here gets one, sometimes before they have even finished the course.”
Sean Daffy, a student studying the MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning part-time says:
“I know people who did the programme before, fellow students last year who did the technical writing cert and they are all getting jobs. This MA complemented my skills and I didn’t feel like I was starting from square one again.”
The University of Limerick has offered postgraduate courses in technical communication for over two decades, and the MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning has run since 2010. Up to 20 students undertake the programme each year, and the closing date for applications is June 30th 2017.
The University also offers a Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing which is taught online and available as a full-time (2 year) or part-time (1 year) option.
Contact the Course Director, Dr Yvonne Cleary, for further information: Yvonne.Cleary@ul.ie.