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Course Title: Higher Diploma in Science in Computing

Honours Bachelor Degree or equivalent (NFQ Level 8) in a Computing non-related discipline or Degree in Computing where their date of award exceeds 5 years previous from the date of application.  In addition to academic entry requirements, applicants must also meet the Springboard eligibility.

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Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (options in Software; Data Analysis (AI); Cloud Infrastructure; Computer Science). 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. There are a host of employers who have taken full and part-time graduates of this programme with major multiple employers being SAP and AWS.

For 2022-2023 the TU Dublin proposal adds updated specialisations and more flexible learning options with an increased proportion of online delivery. Material is aligned to Certifications in various specialisations such as Cloud Computing, Data analytics & Networking which allows students deepen their knowledge in their chosen area of specialty.

With part time version of the programme project where students do not wish to or cannot afford to give up their current work then experiential learning and project activities are agreed with the student such that they can prepare themselves for particular roles in ICT. Of course where the student wishes to undertake a full time placement they are supported in this.

The range of specialisations allow students to target a specilisation which works for their own background and aspirations. In some cases specialised modules are shared with Year 4 honours students underlying the quality of standard reached in the specialised niche."

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)

Part time: Online, with some attendance for Examination/assessment

Note: Timetable is subject to change.

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With this programme I was able to combine my new skills and knowledge in ICT with my previous working  experience. The Higher Diploma was essential for getting started in my current career and complements my existing knowledge and experience with real, current, IT Skills and project work.

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


2 years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery

Classroom, Online

Commencement Date

September 2023



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€3,750 per year

*Springboard+ funding available

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