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About the course
The course is designed to meet the ongoing industry demand for computer professionals. While focusing on current and future growth areas in computing, this higher diploma programme bridges the gap between non-computing disciplines and Computing Science. Its specific aim is to provide rigorous and stimulating classes for students who wish to acquire theoretical and practical training in computing and, particularly, in software development.

This course is ideal for non computing graduates who want to compete favourably against computing science graduates for the broad range of computing related employment available.


1 Year Full-Time, 1.5 Years Part-Time.

Careers or further progression

On successful completion of this diploma, graduates who obtain second class honours or higher are eligible to be considered for entry to the M.Sc. in Computing Science programme.

The primary reason why students choose this course is to change the focus of their careers. The widespread impact that Computing Science has on our daily lives cannot be underestimated; neither can the job prospects on completion of this course. Successful students can expect to enter careers as systems analysts, IT managers or software developers.

Further enquiries

For Further Information
Please contact the Admissions Office
t: +353 1 415 0415

Subjects taught

Full-Time Programme
Semester I
Computer Programming, Computer Architecture and Organisation, Data Communications and Networks, Discrete Mathematics, Relational Databases

Semester II
Programming and Data Structures, Object Oriented Development, Operating System Design, HCI and GUI Programming, Software Engineering for Web Applications


Validated by QQI.

Enrolment and start dates

Application can be made directly to the GCD Admissions Office or via the website

Applications for all direct entry programmes (undergraduate, postgraduate, part-time/evening time) must be made on the website and relevant* supporting documentation can be emailed to or posted to:

The Admissions Office,
Griffith College Dublin,
South Circular Road,
Dublin 8.

*All applications for direct entry to undergraduate programmes should include a copy of official Leaving Certificate results with the exception of mature applicants (who must supply evidence of date of birth).

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