We are delighted that you have chosen NCI to pursue your education goals. On this page you will find everything you need in order to register as a student and prepare you for the commencement of your course.


Getting Started

Step 1 - Paying Your Fees

In order to be a registered student of the National College of Ireland you must pay your course fees.

This can be completed in a number of ways;

1.       Pay a 20% deposit and complete a direct form: If your course is listed on the direct debit schedule you can pay a 20% deposit of your course fees now and spread the remainder over a number of months. Make sure to check the direct debit schedule for details of how the remainder of your payments are spread over the calendar year.

You must return a completed and signed direct debit form in order to completely confirm your registration. The completed form can be emailed to fees@ncirl.ie

 

2.       Pay 50% of your course fee: If your course is more than 13 weeks in duration you can pay a 50% deposit before the course commences and a further 50% will be due before the commencement of your second semester.

 

3.       Employer Sponsorship/Funding: If you are in receipt of funding for your course please complete the Sponsorship Form and return to fees@ncirl.ie. Please ensure you confirm the amount you will be funded for on this form. The sponsorship form must arrive at least 5 days in advance of your course commencing to ensure you are registered on the course.

 

Fees can be paid over the phone by calling 1850 221 721 and picking option 3. Payments can be made using a debit or credit card. The College does not accept cash on the premises or American Express.

If payment is made over the phone, a receipt will be sent out within 5 working days. 

 

Step 2 - Log In Details

Before commencing your course you first need to login to your NCI account and set your password.

You do this on the Password Management section of the website.

The Setting your Password  guide will give you a step-by-step guide through this process.

Step 3 - Get Your Student Card

NCI offers a service which allows students to download a photo app to their smart phone or desktop/laptop and take their own Student Identification Photo. This photo will then be used to print your student card.

New students must submit their ID photo via the app in order to receive their student card. 

To print your student card, the college requires a passport style photograph. Please follow our step by step guide to downloading the app and taking your student card photo. 

(Please note photos uploaded during the application process will not be used for your student card).

Please note that due to current government guidelines and level 5 restrictions, there will be a delay in the printing and distribution of student cards. A further update on the distribution of student cards will be published over the coming weeks. 

Step 4 - Your Timetable

Semester Two 2020/2021 timetables will be published in January 2021. 

Once published, timetables will be available from the timetable section of the website. On this site, you will also find guides on how to use generate your timetable and how to use the timetable app. 

Step 5 - Your Online Classroom

To access your online classroom, please read the instructions below. This guide is for Windows 10 users. A mac guide will be available shortly.

Students are also advised to watch the informational video which will go through some handy hints and tips.
  • Download Teams by following these steps;
    • Open your browser and search for "Microsoft teams download"
    • Click into the Microsoft link
    • Click the "Download for Desktop" option
    • Click "Download Teams"
    • Once the application is downloaded and installed you will need to login using your NCI username (e.g. x12345678@student.ncirl.ie) and password. To set your logins please refer to Step 2 above.
  • Next you need to check your timetable to see what lecture is scheduled. 
  • Then go to Teams and click on the Calendar icon
  • You should see your class has been scheduled and you will be able to join by clicking into the event and pressing "Join".

Troubleshooting

Q. What if there is no learning event scheduled in Teams or Outlook?

A.   IT Support have provided step by step guide to assist you in setting up your lectures in Teams. 

You may have registered with the College after your learning event was set up and cannot see a scheduled event in Teams or Outlook.  This is nothing to worry about it, simply watch the instructional video on syncing your lecture calendar. 

Please be aware when doing the above the sync is not immediate, it will take a couple of hours for your events to show in your calendar. Please ensure you complete the above in enough time BEFORE your lecture is due to commence. 

Q. The course commences today and I have only registered yesterday or today. 

A. Part time students who are registered or pre-registered 48 hours before the course commences should be able to see their learning events by following the steps above. Unfortunately if you register later than that, you may not be able to access your learning event. 

You can access a recording of your missed learning event once your access has been enabled. 

Q. I have been told my class will not be using Teams

A. Some specific classes will be using Adobe Connect. These classes will be contacted directly by the School of Computing with further information. 

Step 6 - Returning to Campus

NCI staff, in collaboration with representatives from the Students' Union, have put together a protocol for students ahead of your return to campus. The document outlines the measures the college has put in place for your safety and it is a requirement that you read through the protocol before returning to campus. 

Return to Campus Safety Protocol for Students (PDF 676KB)

It is mandatory for students to complete a COVID-19 Questionnaire and to receive a response confirming that you may return to campus. You may be asked to show this email confirmation at the entrance of the College. If you receive an email saying that you must not attend a campus, be assured that the COVID Manager will contact you within 48 hours to explain why or to better understand your circumstances.


Orientation and Start Dates

Part-Time Masters

Registration

On-site registration will not take place for courses commencing in September 2020. Students are asked to pay fees following the instructions outlined in Step 1 of the Getting Started section. New students can then reset their log in details online and obtain their student card using the Student Photo App. Instructions on how to complete these tasks are contained in Steps 2 and 3.

 

Orientation

Master of Science in Data Analytics (Top-Up) To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Master of Science in Cloud Computing ( Top-Up) To join your Orientation session, Click here.
MSc in Cybersecurity (Top-Up) To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Master of Science in Data Analytics (Top-Up, Old Version) To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Master of Science in Management To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Master of Science in International Business To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Master of Arts in Human Resource Management  To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Master of Science in Data Analytics To join your Orientation session, Click here.
MSc in Cybersecurity To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Master of Science in Cloud Computing To join your Orientation session, Click here.


 Your Orientation Session:

  • Please watch the short overview video: How to Get Started with Microsoft Teams

  • Download & install the Microsoft Teams App to your PC prior to your orientation session - Download Microsoft Teams
    * please note the use of mobile devices is not recommended

  • Login to the Microsoft Teams App using your NCI username & Password. Please note your username format should be x12345678@student.ncirl.ie

  • During your orientation session you may be required to use a webcam and microphone

  • It is recommended to use headphones during the session as it reduces audio feedback.

For any questions on your orientation please email orientation@ncirl.ie.

 

Course Start Date

Please find below indicative start dates. All dates are subject to change. Timetables will be made available from the Timetable section of the website in January, so please ensure you check your timetable to confirm the date and time of your first class. 

Course Start Date
   
Course Start Date
MSc. Data Analytics Top-Up  Week Beginning 25th January
MSc. Cybersecurity Top-Up Week Beginning 8th February
MSc. Data Analytics  2 Year Online Week Beginning 25th January
MSc. Cybersecurity 2 Year Online Week Beginning 25th January
MSc. Cloud Computing Top-Up Week Beginning 8th February
MSc. Data Analytics Top-Up (Old Programme
MSCDATOP_OLD)
Week Beginning 8th February

 

Part-Time Postgraduate Diplomas

Registration

On-site registration will not take place for courses commencing in January 2021. Students are asked to pay fees following the instructions outlined in Step 1 of the Getting Started section. New students can then reset their log in details online and obtain their student card using the Student Photo App. Instructions on how to complete these tasks are contained in Steps 2 and 3.

Orientation

Postgraduate Diploma in Data Analytics To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Security - Evening  To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Data Analytics To join your Orientation session, Click here.


Please watch the short overview video: How to Get Started with Microsoft Teams Your Orientation Session:


  • Download & install the Microsoft Teams App to your PC prior to your orientation session - Download Microsoft Teams
    * please note the use of mobile devices is not recommended

  • Login to the Microsoft Teams App using your NCI username & Password. Please note your username format should be x12345678@student.ncirl.ie

  • During your orientation session you may be required to use a webcam and microphone

  • It is recommended to use headphones during the session as it reduces audio feedback.

For any questions on your orientation please email orientation@ncirl.ie.

 

Course Start Date

 

Please find below indicative start dates. All dates are subject to change. Timetables will be made available from the Timetable section of the website in January, so please ensure you check your timetable to confirm the date and time of your first class. 

 

Course Start Date
Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Data Analytics (PGDDA_JAN) Tuesday, 26th January 2021 (6pm)
PG Diploma in Arts in Science in Cyber Security (PGDCYB_JAN) Monday, 25th January 2021 (6pm)

Part-Time Higher Diplomas

Registration

On-site registration will not take place for courses commencing in January 2021. Students are asked to pay fees following the instructions outlined in Step 1 of the Getting Started section. New students can then reset their log in details online and obtain their student card using the Student Photo App. Instructions on how to complete these tasks are contained in Steps 2 and 3.

 

Orientation

Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics 1 Year  To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Higher Diploma in International Financial Services (Apprenticeship) To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics 2 Year Online To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Blockchain) 1 Year
To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Blockchain) 1 Year Online To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (AI/ML) 1 Year To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (AI/ML) 1 Year Online To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing  (Software Development) 2 Year Online To join your Orientation session, Click here.
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Cyber Security) 1 Year Online To join your Orientation session, Click here 
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Web Development ) 1 Year Online To join your Orientation session, Click here 
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Software Development) 1 Year To join your Orientation session, Click here.

 

   

 Your Orientation Session:
 
  • Please watch the short overview video: How to Get Started with Microsoft Teams

  • Download & install the Microsoft Teams App to your PC prior to your orientation session - Download Microsoft Teams
    * please note the use of mobile devices is not recommended

  • Login to the Microsoft Teams App using your NCI username & Password. Please note your username format should be x12345678@student.ncirl.ie

  • During your orientation session you may be required to use a webcam and microphone

  • It is recommended to use headphones during the session as it reduces audio feedback.

For any questions on your orientation please email orientation@ncirl.ie.

 

Course Start Date

 

Please find below indicative start dates. All dates are subject to change. Timetables will be made available from the Timetable section of the website in January, so please ensure you check your timetable to confirm the date and time of your first class. 

 

Course Start Date and Time
Higher Diploma in Data Analytics (One Year Blended) Monday 25th January, 6pm
Higher Diploma in Computing Blockchain (One Year Online) Tuesday 26th January, 6pm
Higher Diploma in Computing Blockchain (One Year Blended) Tuesday 26th January, 6pm
Higher Diploma in Computing Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (One Year Blended) Tuesday 26th January, 6pm
Higher Diploma in Computing Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (One Year Online) Tuesday 26th January, 6pm
Higher Diploma in Computing Software Development (One Year Blended) Tuesday 26th January, 6pm
Higher Diploma in Computing Software Development (Two Years Online) Tuesday 26th January, 6pm
Higher Diploma in International Financial Services Tuesday 26th January

 

Part-Time Honours Degrees

Registration

On-site registration will not take place for courses commencing in January 2021. Students are asked to pay fees following the instructions outlined in Step 1 of the Getting Started section. New students can then reset their log in details online and obtain their student card using the Student Photo App. Instructions on how to complete these tasks are contained in Steps 2 and 3.

Orientation

Dates and times of January 2021 orientation TBC. 


Please watch the short overview video: How to Get Started with Microsoft Teams Your Orientation Session:


  • Download & install the Microsoft Teams App to your PC prior to your orientation session - Download Microsoft Teams
    * please note the use of mobile devices is not recommended

  • Login to the Microsoft Teams App using your NCI username & Password. Please note your username format should be x12345678@student.ncirl.ie

  • During your orientation session you may be required to use a webcam and microphone

  • It is recommended to use headphones during the session as it reduces audio feedback.

For any questions on your orientation please email orientation@ncirl.ie.

 

Course Start Date

Please find below indicative start dates. All dates are subject to change. Timetables will be made available from the Timetable section of the website in January, so please ensure you check your timetable to confirm the date and time of your first class. 

 

Part-Time Certificates

Registration

On-site registration will not take place for courses commencing in September 2020. Students are asked to pay fees following the instructions outlined in Step 1 of the Getting Started section. New students can then reset their log in details online and obtain their student card using the Student Photo App. Instructions on how to complete these tasks are contained in Steps 2 and 3.

Orientation

Dates and times for January 2021 orientation TBC. 
Certificate in Learning & Technology To Join your Orientation session, Click here 
Certificate in Technology Enhanced Learning To Join your Orientation session, Click here 
CIPD Award in Digital and Blended Learning To Join your Orientation session, Click here 
Leaders for Change - Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Management To Join your Orientation session, Click here 
Certificate in Social Protection Studies To Join your Orientation session, Click here 
Certificate in Managing Social Protection Services To Join your Orientation session, Click here 
Certificate in Business Analysis 6 months Online To join your orientation session, Click here
Higher Certificate in International Financial Services (Apprenticeship) To join your orientation session, Click here
Certificate in Computing 12 weeks Online To join your Orientation session, Click here
   
 

Please watch the short overview video: How to Get Started with Microsoft Teams your Orientation Session:


  • Download & install the Microsoft Teams App to your PC prior to your orientation session - Download Microsoft Teams
    * please note the use of mobile devices is not recommended

  • Login to the Microsoft Teams App using your NCI username & Password. Please note your username format should be x12345678@student.ncirl.ie

  • During your orientation session you may be required to use a webcam and microphone

  • It is recommended to use headphones during the session as it reduces audio feedback.

For any questions on your orientation please email orientation@ncirl.ie.

 

Course Start Date

Please find below indicative start dates. All dates are subject to change. Timetables will be made available from the Timetable section of the website in January, so please ensure you check your timetable to confirm the date and time of your first class. 

Course Start Date
CIPD Certificate in HRM Saturday 23rd January, 9am
Leaders for Change Certificate in Non Profit Leadership and Management Monday 18th January, 9.30am
Certificate in Learning and Technology Tuesday 12th January, 10am
Certificate in Technology Enhanced Learning Thursday 14th January, 10am
Higher Certificate in International Financial Services Tuesday 19th January
Certificate in Social Welfare Decision Making Wednesday 24th February 
Certificate in Credit Union Business (ROI) Monday 1st March
Certificate in Credit Union Business (NI) Monday 1st March
Certificate in Computing February (Date TBC)
Certificate in Learning & Technology (March Start) Tuesday 16th March

 

Part-Time CIPD Courses

Registration

On-site registration will not take place for courses commencing in September 2020. Students are asked to pay fees following the instructions outlined in Step 1 of the Getting Started section. New students can then reset their log in details online and obtain their student card using the Student Photo App. Instructions on how to complete these tasks are contained in Steps 2 and 3.

Orientation

 
CIPD Award in Digital and Blended Learning To join your Orientation session, Click here
CIPD Certificate in HRM To join your Orientation session, Click here
CIPD Diploma in HRM To join your Orientation session, Click here
CIPD Award in Employment Law and Employee Relations To join your Orientation session, Click here
   

 

 

 Your Orientation Session:

  • Please watch the short overview video: How to Get Started with Microsoft Teams

  • Download & install the Microsoft Teams App to your PC prior to your orientation session - Download Microsoft Teams
    * please note the use of mobile devices is not recommended

  • Login to the Microsoft Teams App using your NCI username & Password. Please note your username format should be x12345678@student.ncirl.ie

  • During your orientation session you may be required to use a webcam and microphone

  • It is recommended to use headphones during the session as it reduces audio feedback.

For any questions on your orientation please email orientation@ncirl.ie.

 

Course Start Date

Please find below indicative start dates. All dates are subject to change. Timetables will be made available from the Timetable section of the website in January, so please ensure you check your timetable to confirm the date and time of your first class. 
 
Course Start Date
CIPD Certificate in HRM Saturday 23rd January, 9am
CIPD Diploma in HRM Saturday 23rd January, 9am
CIPD Award in Employment Law and Employee Relations Monday 25th January, 6.15pm
CIPD Award in Digital and Blended Learning Saturday 16th January, 9am
CIPD Award in Reward Management Tuesday 23rd March, 6.15pm

 

Part-Time Awards and Diplomas

Registration

On-site registration will not take place for courses commencing in September 2020. Students are asked to pay fees following the instructions outlined in Step 1 of the Getting Started section. New students can then reset their log in details online and obtain their student card using the Student Photo App. Instructions on how to complete these tasks are contained in Steps 2 and 3.

 

Orientation

Details regarding orientation for autumn 2020 students are TBC. Please check this website regularly for further updates. 

 

Course Start Date

Please find below indicative start dates. All dates are subject to change. Timetables will be made available from the Timetable section of the website in January, so please ensure you check your timetable to confirm the date and time of your first class. 

 


Essential Information

COVID-19 Guidance

2020 students are asked to note that in light of current and potential future guidelines around social distancing and other measures advised in response to COVID-19, some changes to advertised delivery methods for programmes at NCI may be necessary. 

These may include social distancing measures on-campus, some additional online delivery of classes which may replace some classroom delivery, changes to assessment and other structures.  Students will be advised of any changes as soon as practical. National College of Ireland strongly recommends that all students have a laptop in order to facilitate the use of the online learning environment, as well as various forms of elearning and e-assessment.

It is recommended that your laptop meets the below requirements. Please note these are recommendations and should be seen as guidelines. Please note that certain courses (particularly ICT courses) may have specific laptop requirements. You are asked to consult your course information page where any further requirements will be specified.

Processor: 

  • Intel  7th (or higher)  generation processors (Core i-3, i-5, i-7,i-9-7x)
  • or AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation Processors , running at 2.0Ghz and above

(Intel Atom/Celeron or AMD Athlon/Sempron Processors may cost less, but may not meet your requirements)

Random Access Memory (RAM):

  • 8 Gigabytes minimum

Solid State Drive (SSD) Capacity:

  • 256 Gigabytes minimum

Wireless Card:

  • 802.11 a/b/g/n compliant with Bluetooth Capability
  • (incompatibilities have been noted with the Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Adapters and software device drivers)

Graphics Card:

  • Direct X9 or later

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 10 Pro

IT Services - "How To" Videos

Course & Assignments

Programme Co-ordinators administer the daily management of all courses in the college.  The school administration offices are located in Room 3.03 on the 3rd floor.   Please follow the signs provided.

The programme coordinators can help you with course information, queries around timetables and any issues or concerns you may have while completing your studies with NCI.  You will be assigned a specific programme coordinator depending on your course of study.

All students should enrol in the School of Business or School of Computing information page on Moodle. Here you will find all required details for your programme such as your Programme Director, Programme Co-ordinator, Continual Assessment schedule and Programme Handbook.

You can contact a Programme Co-ordinator by emailing:

School of Business - SOBoffice@ncirl.ie

School of Computing – SOCoffice@ncirl.ie

Library Services

The Library– we have a range of services and all the information is just a click away from the front page of the college website.

The Library Essentials – starting out as a new student, the best place to find the information you need to know is our #10 Library Essentials guide.

Opening Hours & Access – take a look at when we’re open and how best to access the library.

Finding Books – once you start looking at your reading lists, you’ll need to know how to find a book in the library; this guide shows you how to do it.

Borrowing & Renewing Books – how you can borrow books, how they are renewed and how you can keep an eye on your library account.

Computers, Printing & Photocopying – all you need to know about using the PCs or your own devices in the library and how to use the printers and photocopiers.

Library Guides – instead of just searching the internet, we highly recommend you use our library guides to help you discover the best online resources for your course; you can access these guides here.

Discovery – another way of accessing the library’s online resources is by using the library search engine Discovery; this guide shows you how best to use it.

Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism – when writing your assignments, you will be asked to reference the information you use and avoid plagiarism; this guide helps you better understand what’s required.

Group Study Rooms – you can book the library’s group study rooms online, further details here.

Library Help Centre –you can get advice and assistance from the Library Help Centre to help you with your assignments and research; further details can be found here.

International Students – if you are an international student, you may find adjusting to college life a little more challenging; this guide is designed to help you make that adjustment.

Contact Us - As you begin your course, please don’t hesitate to ask us for help; drop into the library, call us on 01-4498590 or email us at library@ncirl.ie

Support For You

In the Learning and Teaching Office you will find the Student Support team who are available to help you in a variety of areas. Through their “Getting to Grips” sessions, they will help you with academic support. You will also find the Disability Support service here who can provide learning, assistive technology, exam support and more.

If you need any help while in NCI drop into the Learning and Teaching Office beside reception, the team are always happy to offer a listening ear, have a chat or they can link you with the college counsellor and medical service.

 

Students Union - Get Involved

The Students’ Union is your voice in the college. Whether it’s issues concerning your course or the college entertainments, student welfare, clubs & societies or entertainments, the Executive team represent all NCI students and provide support for any problems you face throughout your time here.

The SU space is one of the social hubs of college. A great place to relax, here you’ll find pool tables, games consoles, casual seating space and the Executive offices. Events are held throughout the year and all students are encouraged to get involved.

You can find out all about the SU on their website.

Academic Calendar

Have a look at the published Academic Calendar to assist you with your planning over the coming year

HEA Data Collection Notice

NCI is required to collect data from students, and pass this data to the Higher Education Authority in order for them to perform their statutory functions under the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971. Students are advised to consult the Student Collection Notice published here for further information. 

The Equal Access Survey is an annual voluntary survey of first year full-time and part-time undergraduate new entrants to Higher Education Authority (HEA) funded colleges. The Equal Access Survey is conducted by NCI and data from the survey is returned to the HEA for analysis purposes. Information from the HEA regarding the survey can be accessed here