Higher Diploma in Science in Computing / Ríomhaireacht

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.

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 plus blended learning which consists of 12 hours per week of directed learning delivery online. * Average of 12-18 hours of independent and online study required per week 

Provisional Dates

  • Saturday September 26th
  • Saturday October 17th
  • Saturday November 21st
  • Saturday December 12th

Above dates are provisional and will be confirmed in September

**Note: Classes will be delivered remotely online with some workshops delivered on-site

 * Average of 12-18 hours of independent and online study required per week 

Springboard 2020 

This course is funded through Springboard for 2020. For further information regarding eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see the Springboard website at springboardcourses.ie.

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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 2020




€2,450 per year

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