Computing / Ríomhaireacht

Programme Title: Higher Diploma in Science in Computing

Ordinary Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 7 )in a non-related discipline or Ordinary Bachelor Degree in Computing (NFQ Level 7) where their date of award exceeds 5 years previous from their date of application.

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding with specific abilities in the areas of computing technology and associated best practices, as well as to act as a basis on which to progress to higher studies in computing

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is suitable for degree holders at NFQ Level 7, or higher who want a skills conversion path to an IT environment, that is, individuals who wish to redirect their careers into the ICT industry (Conversion to IT).

The emphasis on the course is on a theoretical and practical approach in a modern working environment with the latest appropriate technology and techniques necessary for the cultivation of advanced computing skills valuable to today’s ICT market place at the level appropriate for a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing.

IT Requirements: A MEDIUM spec (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. Be able to use Wi-fi and camera to attend online classes, use other software such as SPSS, Adobe Connect, Minitab, Maple, so needs more RAM, SSD, etc.)

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Semester 1

  • Software Engineering 1
  • Computer Systems
  • Web Development Introduction

Semester 2

  • Software Engineering 2
  • Communications and Networking
  • Modelling and Database Design

Semester 3

  • Web Application Development
  • Internetworking
  • Project Skills

Semester 4

  • Web Software Engineering
  • Project Design and Development

1 Saturday per month 9.30am - 5.30pm and blended learning * Average of 12-18 hours of independent and online study required per week 

Provisional Dates

  • Saturday September 25th
  • Saturday October 16th
  • Saturday November 20th
  • Saturday December 11th

These dates are provisional and will be confirmed in September 2021.

The programme is predominantly online. There will be some campus workshops and assessments in 2021/2022. Dates for these will be advised at the commencement of the semester.

Course will commence week of 27/09/2021

**Please note that class timetables and modes of delivery are indicative and may be subject to change, depending on public health advice**



This course is being offered under the Springboard+ initiative in 2021. Applications will be considered subject to the Springboard eligibility criteria and the minimum entry requirements for the course. Applications must be made via

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Graduates of this course may progress on to the Master of Science in Computing (Applied Cyber Security) or Master of Science in Computing (Applied Data Science & Analytics)

TU Code



NFQ Level 8


Higher Diploma in Science


2 years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery

Classroom, Online

Commencement Date

September 2021




Funded under Springboard+ in 2021.

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