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Financial Services Technologies - IT Conversion Course

Is this the course for you?
The Higher Diploma in Financial Services Technologies is a one-year taught course in technologies which are central to the financial services sector. The course was developed in collaboration with a number of key employers from the financial services industry and also incorporates a work placement.

The Higher Diploma is essentially designed as a ‘conversion’ course from other disciplines into Financial Services Technologies. The course develops a very employable skill set in mainframe business systems and quality testing for the financial services sector with a strong emphasis on systems development using the business language COBOL.

The course also adds complementary skills in client server business systems development, including databasedriven and mobile platforms. Graduates from the course are strongly targeted to become best-of-class software developers and testers with an understanding of financial services core business processes and technologies. Graduates will also be equipped with the professional skills required to become future technology leaders.

Key features
• Strongly aligned with industry job requirements regionally and nationally
• Skill set transferable to the wider computing and general financial services sectors regionally and nationally
• Blended/ flexible mode of delivery
• Full access to IBM Mainframe services
• Personal and supportive approach to teaching and learning
• Non-degree holders with relevant experience may be eligible to apply

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Level 8 Honours Degree in any discipline, second class honours (2.2).

If you don’t have an honours degree but have relevant experience you may also be eligible to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
The continued strength of the financial services sector in Ireland means there continues to be a high demand for skilled graduates from financial services organisations such as banks, insurance brokers and credit card companies. Graduates of this course have a 100% employment record.

Roles include:
• Financial software developer
• Quality tester/ engineer
• Business systems analyst
• Mobile application developer

Follow-on courses
• Industry Standard Lotus and Loma Certification
• Masters degrees at LYIT and in institutes and universities at home and abroad.

Further enquiries

Patricia Doherty Head of Department of Business Studies,
E- Mail:
Telephone: (074) 9186202

Subjects taught

Mandatory modules
Semester 1
• Mainframe Development 1
• Quality – Development Requirements & Testing
• Client Server Databases
• Financial Planning and Insurance Services

Semester 2
• Mainframe Development 2
• Quality – Process Improvement & Test Automation
• Mobile Applications
• Teamwork
• Work Based Learning


Key Programme Successes
• 100% graduate employment record
• LYIT was the best performing third level institution overall in UK & Ireland region of the IBM Master the Mainframe competition 2015/16.

Application date

This course begins in September each year and is currently recruiting for the 17th of May. Late applications may be accepted up to 6th September, however preference will be given to those submitted before 17th May.

Enrolment and start dates

This course begins in September each year.

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