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This higher diploma programme provides formal education and training for graduates (in any discipline) who wish to pursue careers in areas related to computing and information technology. Holders of the qualification will normally be expected to enter employment involving business ICT, with a view to progressing to a managerial position. They will also be suitable for vacancies in the smaller organisation where a broader base of knowledge and skills is required, while a career in computer hardware/software sales is another realistic objective. The programme emphasises the importance of practical/project work across all modules.

The course will provide you with an understanding of the key competencies involved in business analysis, as well as the theoretical concepts and practical aspects associated with the ICT industry. It will enable you to develop a critical awareness of the strategies and methodologies used in providing computerised solutions to business-related problems. You will gain the ability and sensitivity to plan, design, implement and review a project using the necessary supervisory, interpersonal and project management skills. You will also obtain a detailed understanding of the workings of commercial computerised systems and develop an analytical awareness of the implications, uses and potential of the internet as a tool for the development of e-business.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree (Level 7) or a Bachelor degree (honours, Level 8) in any non-computing discipline is required.


2 years; 24 weeks per annum, Monday and Wednesday 6.00pm to 10.00pm. Plus approximately one Saturday per month.

Careers or further progression


As a graduate of this Level 8 programme, you are eligible to be considered for the Master of Business one-year, full-time programme at AIT. Those achieving a 2.1 award are also eligible to apply to progress to the MSc in Software Engineering at AIT. Alternatively, you may decide to pursue postgraduate study at another institution. Full details of postgraduate opportunities at AIT are contained in the postgraduate prospectus.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this programme, you will have a wide range of skills and will be well suited to gain employment across a broad range of industries building on your original qualification(s), but now enhanced with this business computing qualification.

Further enquiries

Janine King

+353 (0)90 648 3050

Subjects taught

Over Two Years

Computer Technology, Database Applications, Enterprise Applications, Object Oriented Programming and Design, Systems Analysis and Design, Systems Development and Implementation.


Course Award:Higher Diploma
Course NFQ Level:Level 8

Assessment method

Assessment Information

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