Computing / Ríomhaireacht

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is an Honours Degree level graduate conversion programme 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 programme 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 programme 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 programme 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
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 made onlineApply Here

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





Higher Diploma in Science in Computing


2 Years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery

Classroom, Online

Commencement Date

January 2021





Fees (Non-EU)


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