Computing Science - Applied Computing Technology - Conversion Course

Course Outline
Our Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology is a conversion course open to graduates from non-computing disciplines. The course will provide you with an understanding of the principles of internet-based computer systems and equip you with a range of core IT skills, including web design, web server configuration, managing and manipulating multimedia content, interfacing with databases and working with common office software.

The Higher Diploma is offered as a one-year full-time course (over 9 months) or a two-year part-time course (over 18 months).

Course Practicalities
A typical 5-credit module includes:
• two lecture hours per week
• one to two hours of practicals per week
• outside these regular hours, you are required to study independently

Why Choose This Course
• Conversion Course
This is a conversion course and is intended for graduates who do not have a Computer Science degree and would like to attain skills in demand by the IT sector.

Companies actively recruiting our Applied Computing Science graduates include the following:

Abtran, Accenture, AIS, Amazon, Apple, Bank of Ireland, BrickSave, CoreHR, Cork Airport, Cork College of Commerce, Daon, Dell EMC,, Enterprise System Partners, First Data, Health Service Executive, IRI America, Johnson Controls, Nirto Cell, Permanent TSB, PWC, Scott Brown Ri, Spearline Labs, Tintri, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, University College Dublin, Virtustream, Voxpro, Zyte, and more.

Subjects taught

Students take a total of 60 credits: 30 credits in Semester 1 and 30 credits in Semester 2.
• CS5002 Web Development 1 (5 credits)
• CS5007 Computer Applications Programming (5 credits)
• CS5008 Internet Computing (5 credits)
• CS5009 Multimedia (5 credits)
• CS5018 Web Development 2 (5 credits)
• CS5019 Systems Organization I (5 credits)
• CS5020 Systems Organization II (5 credits)
• CS5021 Introduction to Relational Databases (5 credits)
• CS5222 Introduction to Programming & Problem Solving (15 credits)
• CS5523 Multimedia 2 (5 credits)

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years. Part-time students take 30 credits in each of the two academic years as follows:
Part-Time: Year 1
• CS5002 Web Development 1 (5 credits)
• CS5018 Web Development 2 (5 credits)
• CS5021 Introduction to Relational Databases (5 credits)
• CS5222 Introduction to Programming & Problem Solving (15 credits)

Part-Time: Year 2
• CS5007 Computer Application with Visual Basic (5 credits)
• CS5008 Internet Computing (5 credits)
• CS5009 Multimedia (5 credits)
• CS5019 Systems Organization I (5 credits)
• CS5020 Systems Organization II (5 credits)
• CS5523 Multimedia 2 (5 credits)

See the Postgraduate College Calendar (HDip Applied Computing Technology) for further details on course content.

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Entry requirements

• Note: This Higher Diploma conversion course is open to graduates of any discipline other than Computer Science or a similar discipline.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, available at

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Application dates

Closing Date: Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June

Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under
How to Apply - Application Date Weblink below.

How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
• Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
• Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.

5. Rounds
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates.

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
• You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
• Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
• Please upload your CV.

Assessment Info

The Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology will be examined through a combination of end-of-year exams and module assignments.


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
Graduates of this Higher Diploma can:
• Continue to MSc Computing Science having achieved a 1H diploma or
• Exit and take up employment in one of the following areas:

o Development - with experience leading to Senior Developer, Designer, Architect, Management;
o Test/QA - with experience leading to Test Automation, Business/Systems Analysis, Management;
o Desktop/Helpdesk Support - with experience leading to Network/Systems Admin, Cloud/Virtualization Engineer.

The IT sector is booming and the demand for graduates outstrips demand. The Technology Skills 2022: Ireland's Third ICT Action Plan outlines the current status of the ICT sector in Ireland and the growing demand for skilled IT graduates.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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