Networking & System Administration

This programme aims to provide participants with acquired knowledge of network management, administration and design. Graduates will also have advanced knowledge of System Services and will be able to design, implement, manage and troubleshoot typical System Services in a heterogeneous environment.

At the end of the course the students will have an in-depth understanding of networking and systems protocols and the skills to configure, troubleshoot and maintain both. This course will also build on the students existing software skills and apply them to the networking and systems environment. Following from this the students will then be able to migrate these systems to the cloud if required.

Subjects taught

Course Content
Networking (5 credits)
Operating System Administration and Management (10 credits)
Network Protocols (5 credits
Programmable Networks (10 credits)
Management & Security (5 credits)
Virtualization (5 credits)
Infrastructure Services (5 credits)
Cloud Technologies (5 credits)
Routing and Switching (10 credits)
Work Portfolio (15 credits)

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for admission to the Higher Diploma in Science in Networking and Systems are:

A level 8 qualification in Computing (or cognisant areas)
OR a level 8 STEM qualification with two or more year's experience in the IT sector

Applicants with a level 7 qualification and extensive experience in the IT sector will also be considered. Where appropriate applicants will be invited for an interview. Prior basic knowledge of Networking and Systems will be essential.

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but have significant relevant experience may apply to access this programme under the Institute's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. This allows for the recognition of both formal and informal learning, non accredited personal, professional education and work-based learning.


2 Years

This course is delivered fully online. over two semesters but participants will be required to attend campus once persemester for exams

Post Course Info

Progression Opportunities
On the successful completion of this Higher Diploma, students who obtain Second Class Honours, or higher, will be eligible to be considered for entry to an MSc in Computing programme (taught or research)

More details
  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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