The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding with specific abilities in the areas of computing technology and associated best practices, as well as to act as a basis on which to progress to higher studies in computing

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is suitable for degree holders at NFQ Level 7, or higher who want a skills conversion path to an IT environment, that is, individuals who wish to redirect their careers into the ICT industry (Conversion to IT).

The emphasis on the course is on a theoretical and practical approach in a modern working environment with the latest appropriate technology and techniques necessary for the cultivation of advanced computing skills valuable to today's ICT market place at the level appropriate for a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing.

Entry requirements

Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree in a non related discipline or Ordinary Bachelor Degree in Computing (NFQ level 7) where their date of award exceeds 5 years previous from their date of application.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Software Engineering 1
Computer Systems
Web Development Introduction

Semester 2
Software Engineering 2
Communications and Networking
Modelling and Database Design

Semester 3
Web Application Development
Project Skills

Semester 4
Web Software Engineering
Project Design and Development


Credits for Full Award: 60 @ NFQ Level 8.


2 years part-time

1 Saturday per month 9.30am - 5.30pm plus blended learning which consists of 12 hours per week of directed learning delivery online. * Average of 12-18 hours of independent and online study required per week


€2,450 per year.

An application fee of €50 must be paid at the time of online application. This fee is non-refundable.

If you are made an offer on an undergraduate or postgraduate course you will be required to pay an acceptance fee to secure your place, this fee will be offset against the course fee and is non-refundable.

• Undergraduate acceptance fee €100
• Postgraduate acceptance fee €300

Please note 25% of the course fee will be due at time of registration, full details on payment deadlines can be found at:

Enrolment dates

Applications for the 2019/20 academic year are now being accepted.

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How to Apply
1. Check course details and minimum entry requirements for your course before making your application at

2. Apply online: Please see Application Weblink below.

3. An application fee of €50 must be paid at the time of online application. This fee is non-refundable.

4. Following receipt of your application you will receive an email from the course administrator within 5 working days requesting evidence that you meet the minimum entry requirements, where applicable.

This programme is also being offered under the 2019 Springboard+ initiative and reduced fees may apply for eligible applicants.

Post Course Info

Graduates of this course may progress on to BN528 Master of Science in Computing (Applied Cyber Security) or BN529 Master of Science in Computing (Applied Cyber Security)

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