Data Science & Analytics

Data Science has become a hugely important topic in recent years with a growing demand for practitioners in a variety of industries. With ever increasing growth in data generation and collection, the value of data to industries is highly dependent on appropriate analysis of the data. Consequently, data science and analytics has become a core component of both public and private sector companies wishing to maintain competitiveness.

The Higher Diploma in Science in Data Science & Analytics (NFQ Level 8) in CIT is a collaboration between the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science. The programme aims to develop highly skilled and competent graduates in the rapidly expanding field of Data Science. The programme has been designed and developed with industry experts to ensure that graduates develop core skills in programming, database management, statistical modelling, time series analysis, machine learning, data visualisation and interpretation and serves to address skills shortage in the area of Data Science and Analytics.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants will already hold a Level 8 degree, and must be highly motivated and capable of independent learning. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in cognate and analytical disciplines, who would benefit from an opportunity to rapidly and successfully convert their qualifications to industry relevant ICT skills. All candidates with a Level 8 qualification or equivalent will be considered.

Candidates with a Level 7 qualification and significant relevant experiential learning may be eligible through our recognition of prior learning processes. Please see for further details.

Subjects taught

This is a 60 credit programme, in which three core strands: Statistics & Mathematics, Computer Science, and Data Science, are developed over two semesters (full-time)/four semesters (part-time), with an increasing specialisation to the "big data" context. There will be significant opportunity throughout to apply theoretical knowledge and develop problem solving skills through practical and laboratory sessions. The learner will also undertake a capstone project, which will be a key opportunity to demonstrate the ability to synthesise the learning acquired in the programme, and to apply it to the solution of an authentic problem in Data Science and Analytics.

The graduate will gain significant practical experience, in software packages and programming languages including R, Python, Excel, SQL, NoSQL, Tableau, Spark and Hadoop for example.




1 Year Full-time

2 Years Part-time

September 2020 - May 2022 - depending on the start date of Semester 2


Fees: €350 per 5 credit module, and €700 for the 10 credit project module. These fees include examination fees. Thus the total fee for the full 60 credit programme is €4,200.

Students pay for the relevant modules at the start of each semester.

Enrolment dates

Course commencing September 2020.

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