Q: Where Can I get a Degree in Technical Writing Online?


Want to be a technical writer but don’t have the time to go to university full-time? Maybe you don’t have to.

Earlier this year we asked if Online Degrees in Technical Writing as Good as Real World Universities?

The response was mostly positive. Mostly.

There’s quite a few universities that offer online degrees in the US but how about in Europe? Or how about if you want to study tech writing online? One possibility is The University of Limerick, Ireland.

This offers an excellent online course for those who want to study technical writing at home.

This university has a fantastic campus, specializes in the Arts and provides a conveyor belt of freshly-minted technical writers to Microsoft, Google and IBM in Ireland. It’s one of the few universities in Europe with a specialist degree in Technical Communications.

Online Technical Writing Courses

So, what does the course offer?

According to the website:

“This distance-learning programme was introduced in 2001 to provide flexible access to technical communication modules for people unable to attend a full-time course. The Technical Communication modules at the University of Limerick focus on writing for the IT industry, and on Instructional Design for E-learning.”


  • To provide students with a good grounding in the theory and practice of technical communication;
  • To provide tuition on the main tools of the profession;
  • To equip graduates with a professional qualification in the area of technical communication.


Semester 1
Principles of Professional and Technical Communications and Information Design, Technical Communication Theory.

Semester 2
Workplace Issues in Technical Communication,
Information Management and Content Production.


Technical writing for telecommunications and software companies, instructional design for e-learning products, Web design, technical journalism, IT training, documentation project management, editing private contracting, abstract writing

Entrance Requirements

Normally a primary degree in any discipline. Industrial and/or computing experience is an advantage (Primary Degree: Level 8 NQAI). Applicants must have a high standard of written English, and good basic knowledge of computing (ECDL or equivalent). Applicants must have access to the Internet from home or work to participate in the course.


Department: Languages and Cultural Studies.
Course director: Yvonne Cleary
Email : yvonne.cleary@ul.ie

Postgraduate Admissions Office,

Graduate School,

University of Limerick,



Tel: +353-61-234377

Fax: +353-61-233287

Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Website: www.graduateschool.ul.ie

You can read more here: http://www2.ul.ie

Let me know if you have any problems contacting Yvonne or the University. Drop them a line if you’re interested.

Post written by Ivan Walsh. Follow me on Twitter.