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What is this programme about?
The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is designed for graduates of non-computing disciplines. It equips successful participants with a range of core IT skills, which open career routes in the vibrant Information Technology (IT) sector. This programme has two streams, namely:

• Systems and IT Services
• Software Development for Games and Apps.

Semester 1 modules are shared by both streams. Semester 2 modules differentiate the two streams and allow participants to specialise in a manner that develops their interests and career aspirations. A 3 month work placement concludes Semester 2 of both streams.

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?
Apply knowledge of proven and emerging protocols, methods and tools of software engineering, computer networking, information systems and systems management in the development and management of IT systems and services.

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from those with Honours Degree (Level 8) or equivalent. Applicants may be called for interview.


2 years part-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Study Opportunities
Graduates of this programme can progress to postgraduate study at either Masters or Doctoral level in IT Carlow including the MSc in IT Management.

Potential employment opportunities for graduates:

Systems and IT Services Stream
There are many career paths available to graduates of this stream ranging from careers as Web Developers to Network Administrators to IT Consultants and many careers in between! Organisations with IT departments are many and varied, so graduates of this stream may find suitable career opportunities in an SME, a government department, or multi-national corporation.

Software Development for Games and Apps Stream
The games industry is a multi- billion euro industry and it is expected to increase even more over the next few years. There are excellent employment opportunities for Computer Game Programmers to find work with game publishers or game development studios at home and abroad. Students will also be able to fulfil any roles normally filled by graduates of Computing or Software Engineering degrees if they so wish.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Semester 1
• Object-Oriented Software Development
• Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks
• Systems Analysis and Testing Information Systems
• Web and UI Design

Semester 2
Stream: Systems and IT Services
• Scripting
• Network and Systems Management Computer Networks
• Project
• Work Placement

Semester 3
Stream: Software Development for Games and Apps
• Software Development for Apps
• Object-Oriented Software Development for Games
• Project
• Work Placement


Special Features Of The Course
Suitable for graduates of non-computing disciplines. Includes a three month work placement in the vibrant IT sector.

Application date

Closing Date for Applications

All Postgraduate Applications – 12 noon 14th August 2017

All other applications – 12 noon Friday 25th August 2017

Course fee

Fully funded for those employed

Enrolment and start dates

Registration / Orientation Saturday 2nd September 2017

Courses Commence
Monday 11th September 2017

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