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Mainframe Business Information Systems & Infrastructure

Is this course for me?

Our Higher Diploma in Arts in Mainframe Business Information Systems & Infrastructure is a one-year course in mainframe development and systems programming. Designed in collaboration with industry experts, it identifies a key gap in mainframe programme provision and equips graduates with the knowledge to fill it.

This Higher Diploma is designed as a 'conversion' course from other disciplines into mainframe computing.

Key features include modules that are strongly aligned with current industry requirements now and into the future. With a personal and supportive approach to learning you will enjoy full access to IBM Mainframe services as part of the programme.

Following graduation you can look forward to a career in a wide variety of sectors and in an equally diverse number of roles including Mainframe Tester, Programmer, Developer, Administrator and Cobol Developer.

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 part-time

Careers or further progression

Add-on Courses

On successful completion of this programme, learners may transfer to the following programmes at LYIT:
Systems & Software Security

Follow-on Courses

Follow up programmes elsewhere include:
Master degrees in institutes and universities at home and abroad

Career Pathways

The main employers are:
Financial Services

Graduate Careers

Former graduates are employed in the following capacities:
Mainframe Tester
Mainframe Programmer
Mainframe Developer
Mainframe Administrator
Systems Administrator
Cobol Developer

Further enquiries

Further Information
Patricia Doherty
Head of Department
Telephone: +353 (0)74 9186202

Subjects taught

Proposed Modules Mandatory/elective Credits

Mainframe Application Development 1 (COBOL) Mandatory 10
Mainframe Application Development 2 (COBOL / DB2 / CICS) Mandatory 10
SYSPROG1 (z/OS Infrastructure) Mandatory 5

Work Based Learning Mandatory 5
Mainframe Application Development 3 (PL/I) Mandatory 10
SYSPROG2 (z/OS Systems Programming Fundamentals) Mandatory 10
SYSPROG3 (IBM MQ V8 System Administration for z/OS) Mandatory 5
The Mainframe IDE and Supporting Coding Languages Mandatory 5

Application date

Application Deadline - 24 August

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