Modularisation & Semesterisation

What is Programme Structure?
Each stage of a full-time programme is divided into two semesters. A year of full-time study is worth 60 credits.

What is a Semester?
A semester is worth 30 credits and typically consists of six modules.

What are Credits?
Credits are awarded to students who successfully complete a module.

What is a Module?
A module is a unit of learning and assessment. A successfully completed module is normally worth five credits.

What is an Assessment?
Assessment may consist of examinations, projects, essays, performance, exhibitions etc.

What happens if I fail Semester 1?
Advancement at the end of Semester 1 in January to Semester 2 is automatic. Where a student is unsuccessful in obtaining the credits needed to progress to the next stage of the programme, repeat exams will be held in August.
(see also Examination Regulations)

Courses in CIT have the following overall structures and these conform to the structures for similar courses Nationally and Internationally.

The major third-level award types are:

Level 6 Higher Certificate 120 credits
Level 7 Bachelor Degree 180 credits
Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree (Higher Diploma) 180 – 240 credits
Level 9 Taught min. of Masters Degree (Postgraduate Diploma) 300 credits
Level 10 Doctoral Degree N/A


  1. Examinations and assessment workload will be spread evenly across the academic year. There should be less cramming for end of year exams!
  2. Students will be given clear, consistent and transparent guidelines on assessment related issues
  3. Modularisation & Semesterisation is designed to be compatible with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) which will provide a better opportunity for students to study abroad for short periods and for student exchange programmes.
  4. Within programmes generally, there are some elements of choice which enable students to select modules from a wider range of study.