Computing / Ríomhaireacht

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is an Honours Degree level graduate conversion course which gives graduates from non-computing backgrounds the skills and knowledge to start a career in the IT industry.

Level 7/8 Honours Degree with a significant numerate element. RPL processes may be used to allow access for candidates who have a Level 8 qualification and may wish to use Institute prior learning processes to demonstrate numeracy/problem solving experience. Suitability of individual applicants usually supported by interview and aptitude testing.

With vital current skills in Software Development, Database, ICT infrastructure, Systems Analysis, Testing and User Experience allied to hands on use of Web, Mobile and Cloud frameworks this course will give you real ICT knowledge and skills to add to your existing graduate qualification. Your previous experience and knowledge allied to current ICT knowledge provides a very attractive offering for potential employers.

This course is designed to provide an entry path for Level 8 graduates in other numerate disciplines into graduate entry level careers in computing. It includes a placement in target industry. The philosophy behind the programme is that Level 8 graduates from other disciplines will have developed significant transferable skills in analysis, communications and independent learning as so will be in a position to learn quickly a focused subset of computing knowledge to level 8. The programme features semester 2 specialisation in software development, infrastructure, data analytics, or a computer science teachers stream.

On successful completion of the course graduates can pursue a career in anyone of a number of areas in the IT and ICT industry sector such as Software Development, Database, ICT infrastructure, Systems Analysis, Testing and User Experience and the areas Web, Mobile and Cloud development. 

Year 1 (Semester 1 & 2)


  • Information Systems
  • Fundamentals of Software Development
  • Web and UI Design
  • Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks
  • Systems Analysis and Testing
  • Elective
  • OO Software Development Principles
  • Data Analysis

Year 2 (Semester 3 & 4)

Group Elective 1:

  • Software Specialisation
  • Object-Oriented Software Development 2
  • Enterprise Applications Development
  • Project – Software Development Specialisation

Group Elective 2:

  • Data Analytics Specialisation
  • Social Media Analysis and Information Integration
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation
  • Big Data Technologies
  • Project – Data Analytics Specialisation

Group Elective 3:

  • Infrastructure Specialisation
  • Secure Network Design and Implementation
  • Virtualisation Infrastructure Management
  • Project – Network Infrastructure Specialisation

Group Elective 4:

  • Computer Science for Teachers Specialisation
  • Web Applications Development
  • Information Management
  • Programming Embedded Systems
  • Project – Computer Science for Teachers Specialisation

Semester 5

  • Work Placement/Internship or Exit Award

Year 1: Mondays (bi-weekly), Wednesdays (weekly) & Thursdays (weekly) (18:00-22:00)

Year 2: Wednesdays (bi-weekly) & Thursdays (bi-weekly) (18:00-22:00)

  • Note: Timetable is subject to change.

Applications are closed for this semester.

For queries on the application process please contact:

Graduates from the course will be eligible for progression to an MSc programme in Computing in TU Dublin.

TU Code



Level 8


Higher Diploma in Science in Computing


2 years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery

Classroom, Online

Commencement Date

September 2022





Fees (Non-EU)


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