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Is this course for me?

Our Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is a nine month course that will guide graduates from non-computing fields and help augment your skills and knowledge in preparation for a career in the computing industry.

The course is specifically designed to ensure you have both a base for continuing self-development and a set of core competencies which are transferable to the broader computing industry.

With a strong emphasis on teamwork, the aim of the course is to empower you with the necessary theoretical and hands-on skills to allow you to work and participate effectively in a commercial IT environment. Modules include Software Design, Database Technology, Software Development and Testing.

Following graduation you can look forward to a rewarding career in the likes of the insurance industry, the public sector, banking and companies with significant IT infrastructure. Typical roles include being a technical writer, software tester and database administrator.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Level 8 Honours Degree in any discipline, or equivalent, second class honours (2.2). If you do not 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

Further enquiries

Further Information
Thomas Dowling
Head of Department
Telephone: +353 (0)74 918 6304

Subjects taught

Semester Proposed Modules Mandatory/elective Credits Hours Per Week

Software Development Mandatory 10 5
Database Technology Mandatory 10 5
Computer Systems Mandatory 10 5

Software Development & Testing Mandatory 10 5
Software Engineering and Quality Assurance Mandatory 10 5
Database Administration Elective 10 6
Internet Applications Development Elective 10 5

Application date

Application Deadline - 17 August

Course fee

EU Fees: €3,000.00
Non-EU Fees: €9,000.00

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