Micro-credentials are increasing in visibility and importance on the national and international stage, with a new EU Commission report published this week emphasising their role in supporting lifelong learning and employability.

Future fit

Something of a revolutionary change in the higher education system, micro-credential still a new term. A micro-credential is a qualification, providing evidence of learning outcomes acquired through a short learning experience.

Since earlier this year Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s leading university, is offering a variety of micro-credentials to qualified professionals and graduates in a range of fields. A suite of exciting micro-credentials offered by Trinity School of Engineering provides engineers with an opportunity to future-proof their careers and equip themselves to respond to rapid technological and industry changes

Short and flexible learning experience

Engineering micro-credentials offered at Trinity are typically 12 weeks in duration with approximately five contact hours each week. Delivery includes a mix of face-to-face and online formats, allowing busy professionals to fit study into their work and family lives.


Trinity College Dublin is offering a level 9 learning delivered by experts in the field of study, ensuring the high-quality educational experience that Trinity is renowned for.

Participants can expect to receive a transcript from Trinity as proof of the ECTS gained following successful completion of the micro-credential. The School of Engineering at Trinity is a research-led, multidisciplinary school committed to delivering world-class education, research, and innovation, which can be a great advancement in one’s engineering career.

In a previous article, we introduced that Trinity is launching micro-credentials for 'Intro to XR' and 'Spatial Audio' in January of the coming year. There will also be other industry-specific engineering micro-credentials launched next month:

Advanced Spatial Analysis using GIS - Micro-credential

This micro-credential is for anyone who works with spatial data and maps, or who would like to have the ability to analyse spatial data as well as create their own maps.

This micro-credential will enable participants to get a practical introduction to the QGIS open-source software which will be used to address an issue in their field. Participants will learn the extended fundamentals of GIS theory and techniques and will then apply these in a research project which is in a field related to their profession and uses GIS.

Motion Picture Engineering – Micro-credential

This course suits engineers in a startup in the video streaming space or designing image enhancement technology as well as those embarking on a graduate degree in video engineering.

As the areas of filmmaking and media streaming converge, engineers in post-production houses need to understand more about the latest compression standards and engineers in streaming media teams need to understand more about what high-quality image manipulation entails. This micro-credential will enable participants to learn about engineering design in both high-end post-production and best in class streaming media workflows.

More Micro-credentials

In addition to these newly developed courses, some of the previous micro-credentials for engineers will run again in 2022. Topics covered include:

  • Air pollution: monitoring, assessment and control
  • Cyber-physical systems and control
  • Low carbon power technology
  • Transport modelling and planning
  • Solar energy conversion and application

To learn more about the above or other micro-credentials offered by the School of Engineering at Trinity please visit www.tcd.ie/courses/micro-credentials/engineering or email us at micro-credentials@tcd.ie