Postgraduate study in IT

There is still a skills shortage in the computing and IT sector, which means that there are skilled jobs waiting to be snapped up by qualified postgraduates.

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Over half of all permits issued in
Ireland are for those working in the IT
sector. This is because, according to
most colleges and employers, not
enough Irish students are graduating
with computer science and maths
degrees, and there are a lower
number of PhD students here than
many other western economies. This
puts highly qualified graduates in a
very good position.

54 per cent of employers say that
they are struggling to hire graduates
with the right IT skills and IT
companies make up the third largest
group of graduate recruiters (18.4
percent). Remember IT is one of the
easiest fields to convert to. One-year
courses are the normal route in, such
as the Higher Diploma in Applied
Science (Applied Computing
Technology) offered by University
College Cork, the Higher Diploma in
Information Technology at the
Maynooth University, or the Graduate
Diploma in Information Technology at
Dublin City University.

Pure conversion courses, such as
DCU’s Diploma in Information
Technology, are designed specifically
to fast-track graduates from other
disciplines into an IT career.
For unemployed people in receipt
of social welfare payments, many
postgraduate courses in ICT are
currently offered free of charge as
part of the government’s Springboard
initiative. Participants also get to keep
their social welfare payments.

Preference for acceptance to a course
is given to the long term unemployed,
though all people receiving
Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s
Benefit are eligible.
Multidisciplinary postgraduate
programmes, such as University
College Cork’s MSc in Bioinformatics,
have also become very popular,
reflecting the convergence of formerly
distinct fields such as pharmaceuticals
and ICT in recent years.

Professional bodies, such as BCS,
The Chartered Institute for IT in the UK
and Northern Ireland, also offer industryaccredited
courses such as the
Professional Graduate Diploma in IT.

Professional bodies and trade associations

• ICT Ireland

• BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

• Institution of Engineering and Technology

• Irish Software Association

• Irish Computer Society

• Momentum (trade association for ICT industry in Northern Ireland)

• Science Foundation Ireland

Further study and courses Check out for a searchable database of computing and IT courses in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Visit Springboard for further upskilling information.

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