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Mature Student Office

The University of Limerick warmly welcomes mature students to all its programmes of study and values the contribution they make to university life as increasingly many adults are choosing to return to college as mature students. Whatever your own motivation, background or experience, rest assured that you will be hugely welcomed and valued by everyone at UL and we aim to ensure that your time at UL will be an enriching and rewarding one. Mature students must be over the age of 23 on the 1st of January of the year of entry.

Supports Available

Some of you may be a little apprehensive about making a lifestyle change to that of a mature student. Perhaps you have been away from formal study for a long period of time. Most likely you will be juggling various roles as you take on yet another one – that of mature student. Your task may appear daunting so our aim in the Mature Student Office is to support the learning journey of mature students on undergraduate programmes to ensure your full and equal participation in university life.

For example, the Mature Student Office runs a special welcome programme in August for incoming first year mature students, to give you a chance to familiarise yourself with the UL campus and the supports available to you. We also run a Peer Mentoring initiative in which first year mature students are supported by mature students from later years on their programmes to adapt to life as a full-time student. The office offers advice to prospective mature students so feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about becoming a mature student or ask us for a copy of our Mature Student

Handbook (also downloadable from www.ul.ie/mso).

There is a comprehensive range of learning supports and other services in UL, which are available to all students. The following highlights some of the supports which might be of most relevance to mature students:

  • Language Centre
  • Maths Learning Centre
  • Science Learning Centre
  • Regional Writing Centre
  • Student Health Centre
  • Counselling Service
  • Students’ Union
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning (First Seven Weeks Initiative)
  • ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Learning Centre

Mature Student Access Certificate

The Mature Student Office also runs the Mature Student Access Certificate. This is a one-year full time pre-degree programme which is designed for individuals who wish to develop or refresh key learning skills before applying directly for a degree course. It offers mature students the opportunity to study introductory level subjects in one of the following disciplines: Business Studies, Engineering, Humanities or Science. Students also take modules in Computer Skills, Maths, Study Skills, Educational and Career Development. Successful completion of the Access Certificate offers mature students guaranteed progression into a range of degree courses in UL.


For further information on any of the above services or supports, please contact the Mature Student Office at:


Mature Student Office
EM023a, Main Building,
University of Limerick
Telephone: 061 202735,
Email: mso@ul.ie
Web: www.ul.ie/mso

Student Profile

Patricia O’Brien
BA European Studies

I decided to come back to college when I was out of work because I was faced with two options - either leave the country or do something to upskill myself. I was very impressed with what UL offers to mature students. I saw a huge support network here and in particular for mature students. Thanks to UL, I have really grown in confidence in what I feel I can achieve.

How I make it work is that the thirty weeks of the academic year are dedicated purely to college. There are pockets of time that I take off and make time for friends and family, but I’m very focused during the semester. When I graduate, I would like to go and work in the European Parliament for a while but my ultimate dream is to actually open my own holistic centre in Spain or possibly South America.

My advice to any mature student coming back is definitely ‘go for it’. You will have normal concerns and worries but it is so worth it. There are huge support systems here - get to know these as you might never need them but at least you will know where they are and how to access them. Make friends across the board, young and not so young. There are challenges - at home, financially.....but if you really want to do it, you will overcome them.






Contact: University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0) 61-202700, Fax: +353 (0) 61-330316

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