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Mature Students (Full-Time Courses)


Cork Institute of Technology strongly encourages applications from mature candidates and is continually working towards wider entry routes in order to increase participation of adult learners. Returning to education after a break, or entering it for the first time as a mature student, is becoming very popular. The Mature Student brings with him/her life experiences along with determination and focus, all of which are conducive to successful learning. The ‘mature student’ very often becomes the ‘ideal student’.

There are a wide variety of courses at certificate, diploma and degree level to choose from within CIT. This webpage highlights for you the entry mechanisms and gives you some information on the supports available for mature students. 

Mature Student Orientation 2018


This event will give you the opportunity to

  • Meet other Mature Students
  • Take a tour of the CIT Bishopstown Campus
  • Become familiar with Mature Student Support Services
  • Learn about student e-mail and the college ‘Blackboard’ system
  • Find out more about fees and financial supports

Please note that this event is not intended to provide specific course information and timetables will not be available.

Date & Time:  Wednesday 29th August 2018  10.00am - 2.00pm

Venue:  Room T101, Tourism & Hospitality Building, Bishopstown Campus, CIT.


Returning to education after a break or entering it for the first time as a mature student can be very exciting but also quite daunting. In order to assist your transition into CIT, I invite you to participate in an event which is specifically aimed at mature students entering CIT for the first time on a full time undergraduate programme of study.

An Invitation to the Mature Student Orientation will be sent to incoming students via e-mail from the Mature Student Officer. For queries, please e-mail


Mature Student queries - click on the link most relevant to you below

Note: Applications must be made through the Central Applications Office (CAO) for entry into Year 1 of a full-time undergraduate programme in CIT. For application to a Post year 1 programme, apply through .  Application to Postgraduate courses can be made directly to the Institute. Click here or contact  tel: 021-4335040 for further information.


The Mature Student Officer, Christine Nolan, is based in the Access Service, Student Centre, Bishopstown Campus.

Christine Nolan, Mature Student Officer,
T: 021-4335109


Deirdre Creedon, Access Officer,
T: 021-4335140



Mature Student Guide: 



Are you a Mature Student?

To be eligible under this category, applicants must be 23 years or older by the 1st of January of the proposed year of entry.