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Mainframe Business Information Systems & Infrastructure

Is this the course for you?
The Higher Diploma in Mainframe Business Information Systems and Infrastructure is a one-year taught course in mainframe development and systems programming. The course was developed in collaboration with a number of key employers who have identified a gap in mainframe programme provision in Ireland. The Higher Diploma is essentially designed as a ‘conversion’ course from other disciplines into mainframe computing and incorporates a work placement.

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

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Mainframe programmers are currently in very high demand. Successful graduates may find themselves working in a wide range of sectors. Graduate careers typically include:
• Mainframe Tester
• Mainframe Programmer
• Mainframe Developer
• Mainframe Administrator
• Analyst/Programmer
• Systems Administrator
• Cobol Developer

Follow-on courses
• Master of Science in Systems & Software Security
• Masters degrees at LYIT and in institutes and universities at home and abroad.

Further enquiries

Head of Department
Thomas Dowling
Telephone: 074 918 6304

Subjects taught

Mandatory modules
Semester 1
• Mainframe Application Development 1 (Cobol) (M)
• Mainframe Application Development 2 (Cobol/DB2/CICS) (M)
• SYSPROG 1 (z/OS Infrastructure) (M)

Semester 2
• SYSPROG 2 (z/OS Systems Programming Fundamentals) (M)
• SYSPROG 3 (IBM MQ V8 System Administration for z/OS) (M)
• Mainframe Application Development 3 (PL/1) (M)
• The Mainframe IDE and Supporting Coding Languages (M
• Work Based Learning (M)

(M) = Mandatory, (E) = Elective


Key Features
• Strongly aligned with industry job requirements 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

Enrolment and start dates

Proposed Commencement Date: September (annually)

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