Hibernia College

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Hibernia College
Coláiste Hibernia
Hibernia College Logo.jpg
Established 2000
Type Private
Location Dublin, Ireland
Campus Online
Affiliations HETAC
Website http://www.hiberniacollege.com/

Hibernia College is a private online higher education college based in Ireland and the UK with offices in Westport, Dublin, and London. It was founded in 2000 by Dr. Seán M. Rowland and was the first online college accredited by the Irish Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC). The college is a specialist in providing undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications. Students are located in Ireland, Great Britain, China, India and 71 other countries. Hibernia College delivers programmes in teacher education, health sciences, business, management, and computing.


The college offers a Higher Diploma in Arts in Primary Education accredited by the Department of Education and Skills. The programme blends online and face-to-face tuition, and is aimed at those who want to continue working while studying for their teaching qualification. The programme is also suited to individuals who do not have time to spend commuting to and from lectures daily. Since its first intake of students in 2003, the programme has grown to the point where it now provides more primary school teachers each year than any other course in Ireland. The programme results in a HETAC Level 8 award and is professionally accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

The college also runs a Professional Diploma in Education (previously the H.Dip. in Arts in Post Primary Education*) which was established to encourage a broader range of people to consider teaching as a profession by providing a more flexible route to becoming a fully qualified post primary school teacher.

In addition, the college delivers continuous professional development courses for teachers, a masters qualification in teaching and learning and online PhD's in education.

Vincent Twomey Controversy[edit]

[1] The religious education section was previously written by Vincent Twomey and criticised in 2011 by Atheist Ireland for including the statement "atheist humanism produced the worst horrors history has ever witnessed", also presented as a true-false exam question with required answer "true".[2][3][4] The college authorities agreed to revise the material in consultation with Atheist Ireland.[3]

Other Programmes[edit]

Hibernia College works closely with industry and academic leaders in the health sciences. Health Sciences qualifications include the Master of Science in Regulatory Sciences and the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Medicine (HETAC). Hibernia College also offers a suite of online continuing professional development courses for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Hibernia runs a number of other online programmes in association with international institutions including undergraduate programmes in Computing, Business and Management.[5][6]

2012 has seen further development of the link with the University of London, and which sees Hibernia College provide the Undergraduate degrees, such as the B.Sc in Creative Computing; a B.Sc in Computing and Information Systems; a B.Sc in Management and a B.Sc in Business, as well as a Diploma in Management.[7]

The College Logo consists of a Salmon (Salmon of Knowledge) above Ogham writing (some versions of the logo have it on the back of Celtic spirals).


  1. ^ "H.Dip. in Arts in Primary Education / Syllabus". Hibernia College. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Bohan, Christine (28 February 2012). "Atheists criticise religion exam at student teacher college". TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b McGarry, Patsy (10 March 2012). "College removes atheism statements". The Irish Times. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland and Fr Vincent Twomey on Newstalk Lunchtime". Newstalk. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Irish Times Irish Times
  6. ^ Agreement announced between Irish and Austrian academic institutions Irish Press Releases, 6 September 2010
  7. ^ Online college in link-up with top London university by Sean Flynn, Education, Irish Times, 12 July 2012.