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COVID-19 Update for Students

We are all currently facing unprecedented challenges. At National College of Ireland, we will do everything in our power to make the remainder of this semester as smooth and as stress free for everyone as we can. We ask for your patience and support, as we transition to remote delivery for all programmes from next Monday 23rd March. There will be some disruption and teething problems, and this is when we need students to be most patient.

Please also note that students in the School of Business, in the School of Computing, and in the Centre of Education and Lifelong Learning (Education Programmes), will receive a more detailed communication from their Dean in due course.

It is vitally important, therefore, that each of you check your student emails, Moodle and the college website regularly for any updates. Please also note that, due to volume of inquiries, we won’t be able to handle individual questions where that information has already been made available on Moodle or on the college website.

Please see current important updates below:

Students on All Taught Programmes:

Class Delivery

  • There will be no more face-to-face classes or tutorials for the remainder of this semester.
  • Projects, undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision will continue online.
  • School of Computing Final Year Projects will be supervised online.


  • There will be no in-person end-of-semester examinations this summer. We will only use alternative assessment.
  • Remote assessments will be arranged, where appropriate, and you will be advised if this applies to you by your programme coordinator.
  • With respect to alternative assessments to replace examinations, you will be advised of same by your programme coordinator.
  • In the event of a resit, alternative assessment will be arranged, which will not require you to be present in the College.
  • School of Computing Assessment Presentations/Vivas will take place online.

International Students

  • Students will not be expected to attend college in person for either instruction or assessment for the remainder of the semester.
  • We will continue to support your learning, whether you choose to stay in Ireland or return home.
  • In the event of a resit, you will not be required to return from abroad to NCI.
  • Online teaching resources and materials should be accessible through Moodle from anywhere in the world, should you decide to go home.
  • Please be aware that many travel restrictions are already in place, and more due to happen, so if you are going home you might need to decide on that quickly.
  • If you decide to return home, it is important that you inform the international office of your plans.

International Postgraduate Students on Taught Programmes

  • There will be no more face-to-face classes or tutorials for the remainder of this semester.
  • Postgraduate dissertation supervision will continue online.
  • You will be advised of how your programme is being addressed by your programme team or coordinator.
  • NCI’s online teaching and assessment arrangements mean that you can remain at home for the remainder of this semester.
  • Students will complete final research projects, practicum and dissertations online.


  • Should any student prefer to wait and return to college when normal service resumes, then they can apply for a deferral, which will be granted. In such circumstances, you will keep all grades/marks for modules completed and, in most cases, for assessment components completed to date.
  • There will be no academic penalty applied to any student who wishes to defer their assessment until normal service resumes.
  • There will be no repeat penalty for alternative assessment.