Computing - Software Development - ICT Skills - Conversion Course - Galway

A 12 or 18 month conversion course

If you come from a non-computing background and wish to convert to a Software Programmer role.

You can complete the course over 12 or 18 months.

The course is fully ONLINE, with optional programming workshops once per month on a Friday evening.

Includes a 3-6 month placement in an IT related role, or a placement equivalent.

Up to 80% of those who completed this course in previous years obtained paid employment within three months of the course ending

You will be able to:
Design and develop software applications using an OO Language

Carry out OO analyses using UML

Design and implement relational schema and query such schema

Use appropriate data structures and algorithms

Contextualise information and computing systems knowledge in a work environment

Demonstrate an understanding of Computer Architecture

Explain the role and nature of Operating Systems

Apply good user interface design principles

Critically evaluate design and implementation issues in the specialised area.

Integrate advanced theoretical knowledge and solve complex problems in new, ill-defined or unfamiliar domains, and/or domains at the forefront of learning.

Entry requirements

Eligibility criteria:

Department of Education & Skills:

You must have a full NFQ Level 8 Honours Degree (or equivalent if earned outside the EU, see

RPL applications will be considered from those holding a Level 7 who have significant working experience which would match the learning outcomes of a Level 8.

Subjects taught

This course provides you, as a Level 8 graduate, an entry path into careers in computing and it includes a placement in the IT industry.

There is the assumption behind the course that Level 8 graduates from other disciplines will already have developed significant transferable skills in analysis, communications and independent learning and that graduates are in a position to quickly learn a focused subset of computing knowledge at level 8.

The aim of this course is to provide you with this focused subset of knowledge and the requisite skills to apply it in a work environment.

The make up of this course is:
Object Oriented Software Development (10 credits)
Computer Architecture and Technology Convergence (5 credits)
Network Technologies (5 credits)
Database Design and Development (5 credits)
Web Applications Development (5 credits)
Agile Software Development (5 credits)
Mobile Applications Development (5 credits)
Operating Systems and Cloud Computing (5 credits)
Advanced Object Oriented Software Development / Project (10 credits)
Computational Thinking with Algorithms (5 credits)
Work placement/ internship (15 credits)


2 years online delivery

There are two options (full-time and part-time) as follows:

Full-time Mode: (January – December 2020):
Semester 1: Modules: 1 – 5 [30 credits]
Semester 2: Modules: 6 – 10 [30 credits]

Part-time Mode: (January 2020 – May 2021):
Semester 1 (Jan - May 2020): Modules: 1, 2, and 3 [20 credits]
Semester 2 (Sep - Dec 2020): Modules: 4, 5 and 6 [20 credits]
Semester 3 (Jan - May 2021): Modules: 7, 8, 9 and 10 [20 credits]

Delivery Mode:

Fully Online. It is anticipated that a number of optional on campus workshops at GMIT, Galway will take place each term; approximately three per term on Friday afternoons.


Free to Unemployed applicants. 10% Fees (750 Euros) for Employed applicants.

Enrolment dates

Now open for Applications for January 2020 start.

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The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is an Honours Degree level graduate conversion award which gives graduates from non-computing backgrounds the skills and knowledge to start a career in the IT industry.

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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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