Building Social Connections- 5 credit Single Subject Certificate

MTU Cork Campus Service in collaboration with MTU School of Humanities, is delighted to launch a new 5 credit single subject certificate, 'Building Social Connections'- a FREE 12 week programme starting in February 2024.


This certificate is designed with the learner in mind, to provide students with an understanding of social connections and developing relationships as well as giving students a taste of what higher education is like but in a community environment. The module will:

  • Examine the importance and benefits of social connection in human life and theories to support this.
  • Examine the significance of relationships, as well as types of stress and responses to stress and when stress can become toxic.
  • Explore effective strategies to prioritise self-care as a foundational step before extending care to others.

Module content includes:

  1. Building Social Connections
  2. Holistic Development 
  3. Neuro-informed approach
  4. Stress
  5. Reflection and Self-Care 

Additional Information: 

  • FREE- no fees
  • Delivered by MTU lecturing staff, with introduction by MTU Access Service staff
  • Delivered in a community setting
  • Running for 12 weeks: Feb- May 2024 (One 3 hour session weekly)
  • Small class size- limited places
  • No classes during midterm or Easter
  • All students will receive a loan laptop and educational supplies needed for this programme (T&C apply)

Applications are now closed. 

Applications welcome from learners of all ages and in particular from the following cohorts;

  • Socio-economically disadvantaged communities
  • Socio-economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education
  • Students with a disability
  • Students with experience of care
  • Students who are carers
  • Lone and/or teen parents
  • Members of the Irish Traveller Community
  • Members of the Roma Community
  • Mature Students
  • Students from ethnic minorities 
  • Students with experience of the criminal justice system

For queries, please email or call 021-4335138. 
If you would prefer a paper application, please call 021-4335138 and we will post you out an application form. 

This course is a MTU Cork Campus Access Service Initiative, delivered in collaboration with the MTU School of Humanities and is funded by N-TUTORR.