How Micro-credentials Are Transforming the Way That Engineers Upskill for the New World of Work

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Micro-credentials are transforming the way that professionals advance their learning in areas of emerging skill needs and future proof their careers for the evolving world of work. These short, accredited, and flexible learning experiences ensure learners are equipped to respond to rapid technological, economic, and societal change.

Trinity Micro-credentials

 As Ireland’s leading university Trinity College Dublin are  offering busy working professionals a new way of studying via micro-credentials. Trinity micro-credentials are offered through a variety of online, blended, and on-site learning. Content is tailored to the needs of enterprise, and delivered by academic experts in the field, ensuring the high standard of education and quality assurance that Trinity is renowned for.

Successful completion of a Trinity micro-credential leads to accreditation in the form of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), a European standardised system, where credits are both portable and stackable. 


School of Engineering at Trinity

The School of Engineering at Trinity is a research-led, multidisciplinary school committed to delivering world-class education, research, and innovation.  Their innovative teaching, research excellence and state of the art facilities are the perfect backdrop for new and innovative micro-credential offerings. Micro-credentials that are currently being taught in the school cover areas including air pollution, solar energy, transport modelling, cyber-physical systems and low-carbon technology. 

New Suite of Dynamic, Industry-specific Micro-credentials

For January 2022, the school are launching a new suite of dynamic, industry-specific micro-credentials that include:

Intro to XR – Micro-credential

This micro-credential is suitable for anyone looking to begin exploring the development of interactive environments for VR and AR, using Unity software. The module will encourage learners to creatively apply their audio, 3D visual and interactive media skills in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Through the development of portfolio-standard applications, learners will take a deep dive into VR and AR development, enabling them to apply their new knowledge in a creative manner.

Spatial Audio – Micro-credential

This micro-credential is intended for those interested in using spatial audio techniques in a variety of different contexts, including but not limited to; spatial music composition, cinema surround sound, virtual reality and 360 media, multimedia performance and interactive installations, audio production and recording, surround sound for gaming and mobile devices, sonification, auditory interfaces, and psychoacoustics. This course is intended to enable future audio engineers, composers, researchers, and sound-designers to clearly determine the optimal spatialization schemes and techniques for a given application and environment, as well as motivating further innovation and artistic creativity in the field.

Advanced Spatial Analysis using GIS – Micro-credential

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used in many professions and industries including engineering, wherever spatial information is important, where maps may be used as a key means of communication of information, and where analysis of the spatial data provides valuable new information. The production of good informative maps and the analysis of spatial data are valuable but scarce skill sets. With developments in GPS, mobile devices, and software, organisations are now collecting more and more spatial data and need spatial specialists to manage, analyse and report this data. This micro-credential will enable the learner to get a practical introduction to the QGIS open-source software and will use the software to address an issue in their field. Examples of projects completed by students recently include the identification of the best location for a new waste-to-energy plant, and a study of the effect of green-ways on the local population. In these, publicly available spatial data was used to investigate a topical issue

Motion Picture Engineering – Micro-credential

This course suits engineers in a start-up in the video streaming space or designing image enhancement technology as well as those embarking on a graduate degree in Video Engineering. 

As the areas of filmmaking and media streaming converge, engineers in post-production houses need to understand more about the latest compression standards and engineers in streaming media teams need to understand more about what high-quality image manipulation entails. This micro-credential will enable participants to learn about engineering design in both high-end postproduction and best in class streaming media workflows.

More Micro-credentials 

In addition to these newly developed courses, some of the previous micro-credentials for engineers will run again in 2022. Topics covered include:

  • Air Pollution: Monitoring, Assessment and Control
  • Cyber-physical Systems & Control
  • Low Carbon Power Technology
  • Transport Modelling and Planning
  • Solar Energy Conversion and Application

To learn more about the above or other micro-credentials offered by the School of Engineering at Trinity please visit or email us at

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Trinity College Dublin is a prime choice for anyone looking to pursue a postgraduate course in Ireland. Explore here.

Steven Galvin

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