Information Technology

The Higher Diploma in Information Technology is a postgraduate conversion course intended for graduates whose primary degrees are not in Computing and Information Technology. On completion of the course participants would be expected to reach a level of competence equivalent to that of 3-year computer science graduates.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the course are required to hold a university degree, or its equivalent, in non-computing discipline(s) recognised by the Senate of the University. Applicants who have taken substantial computing units previously may not be admitted and are recommended to apply for the Higher Diploma in Science (Computer Science) MHG58 instead. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include introduction to computer systems, software testing, multimedia technology, software engineering, web information processing, databases and operating systems.


1 year Full-time


In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Post Course Info

Information Technology and Software Development is one of Ireland's foremost export sectors driving the smart economy. Most of the leading multinationals have made significant investment in Ireland along with hundreds of other indigenous Irish companies. The industry has a wide range of strengths in insurance and banking applications, telecommunications, e-learning, healthcare and systems software. One of the major needs identified by software companies is for more people with expertise in computing combined with other domain specific knowledge such as a business qualification. This is where a blend of the Higher Diploma in Information Technology with an existing degree qualification can open many job opportunities.

Information Technology is an interesting area of study with a broad educational value that opens many doors. The flexibility of career paths, and the wide range of business, social, medical and artistic areas with which computing interacts can make it particularly attractive to women.

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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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