Applied Computer Networks - Online

This programme is a targeted response to a clearly identified need in specific occupations and sectors of the economy in relation to applied computer networks with the objectives of:

Providing education to a level of best international practice in computer networks, that will enable participating companies to gain competitive advantage through the application of the basic and advanced computer networks principles and to drive improvement and to be able to demonstrate measurable results.

Delivering the programme through blended education, participants will be able to access it remotely, on-site or by conventional means. Access is therefore greatly improved, and the interruption to a participant's work is minimised.

The programme will bring together lecture material on best practice computer networks techniques, tools and implementation practices (both national and international), recognised methodologies and skills, and processes to enable participants to excel in their careers while encouraging life-long learning.

Certificate in Applied Computer Networks (Special Purpose Award Level 9, 30 Credits)

Subjects taught

What modules will I study?

1 Network Design (10 ECTS)
2 Data Centre Design& Networking (10 ECTS)
3 Private Cloud & Software Defined Networking (10 ECTS)

Embedded Professional Certification


(a) VMware Data Centre Virtualisation (VCA)
(b) VMware Data Centre Virtualisation (VCP)

(a) Certified Data Centre Professional
(b) Certified Data Centre Specialist

Entry requirements


A minimum PASS honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a cognate discipline or

A minimum PASS honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a non-cognate discipline with considerable experience and/or ability evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning or

Equivalent Qualifications. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

Application dates

Application Deadline
TBC for 2022

Application Process

All applicants must complete the online application form and upload the below supporting documents.

To complete your application process you must include the following with your application.

1. Current CV
2. Proof of existing educational qualifications

Assessment Info

Students will be assessed through a variety of methods throughout the course.

This includes; research projects, group work, one examination, presentations, reports and essays, seminar contribution and reflective self-assessment.


DURATION 1 Year Online

TBC for 2022

2 X 15 week Semesters. 2 classes per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm.

Semester 1 Schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 4pm to 6pm - Network Design. This module will have also have a pre-recorded lecture each week that students will have to view prior to the Tuesday class session, and will also involve online labs/workshops which will be agreed with the students in advance.

Thursday 4pm to 6pm - Data Centre Design & Networking

Classes will be delivered primarily online with some face to face workshops required to cover certain module content.

Location: Online

Enrolment dates

Entry year 2020

Post Course Info

What are the career prospects?
IT Manager
Information Systems
Network Manager
Data Centre Designer
Network Administrator
Systems Administrator
Computer Network Engineer
Network Analyst

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Afternoon,Daytime

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