Graduate Skills Conversion Course: Higher Diploma in Computing

Take one year to become an ICT professional.

The Dublin Institute of Technology along with its partners in 10 other Institutes of Technology nationwide is delighted to announce that it has been successful in acquiring funding to offer free places on a one-year Higher Diploma in Computing, starting in March 2012.

The programme provides students with a route into careers in exciting areas of computing such as:

  • Software Development
  • Computer Games

It does so by providing participants in the programme with:

  • Excellent foundation skills in ICT
  • Specialist skills in one area of ICT, such as Software Development or Computer Games, for example with other areas available subject to demand.
  • Six months of work placement with industry leading companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, Dell, and many others across Ireland

This one year, full-time programme is offered to graduates from disciplines such as Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, Science, Business and similar numerate disciplines who wish to pursue careers in Computing.

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in Ireland remains very strong despite the economic problems currently facing the country. New job announcements are made in the sector on a monthly basis. It is well recognised that there are insufficient qualified individuals in Ireland to fill the many vacancies in areas such as Software Development, IT Infrastructure, IT Security, Computer Games and many others. These vacancies exist at a time when there are a large number of graduates in other disciplines whose background demonstrates a suitability to a career in ICT, and who would require a short additional period of education to transition into the ICT sector.

Now is the time to begin your career in computing. Apply now to the Dublin Institute of Technology.

What will I study?

The programme is run in the Dublin Institute of Technology’s Kevin Street campus, in the city centre close to St Stephen’s Green. Through collaboration with other Institutes of Technology, participants on the programme can transfer in their second semester to a partner Institute of Technology which will offer specialist streams and modules in other disciplines. Participants continuing their study in the Dublin Institute of Technology can specialise into areas such as Software Development and Computer Games with other areas of specialisation also being available subject to demand and interest.

The programme is structured into the following components:

1. Core Computing

From March 2012 to July 2012, participants will follow a broad immersive set of modules in the fundamentals of computing covering

  • Software Development: Learn how to write computer programs using structured and object-oriented languages
  • Systems Analysis and Testing: Exploring the design process and lifecycle, and learning skills in software testing
  • Information Systems:  Learn to design, implement and query a database system
  • Architecture, Operating Systems and Networking: Learn about the fundamentals of computing, and develop skills in the design and implementation of networked systems
  • User Interface and Web Design: Learn to design and implement web applications.

2. Specialisation

From September 2012 to January 2013 students take a specialisation which builds on their own strengths and skills acquired on the programme to that point. This element is a focused set of modules and project work which is designed to give the candidates the required depth for their chosen specialisation. The student will be guided both by academic and professional partners in the selection of an appropriate specialisation for their skills and goals.

Specialisations available in Dublin Institute of Technology include but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Software Development
  • Computer Games

Students on this programme will also be eligible to apply to join specialisations in other Institutes of Technology nationwide.

3. Work Placement

Students will complete a six month work placement with an Industry partner, after which they will graduate and become eligible to apply for positions in the ICT sector and pursue advanced  study in computing.

What will I do afterwards?

This programme is designed to provide students with the skills and experience needed to begin a career in the thriving ICT sector in Ireland. Companies engaging with this programme are actively seeking talented graduates to add to their teams. The large number of partners involved demonstrates the high demand from industry for talented graduates with diverse backgrounds and appropriate skills.

Graduates can also access a wide range of part-time and full-time Masters programmes from the 11 Institutes of Technology involved.

What if I don’t live in Dublin?

This special programme is delivered nationwide through a network of Institute of Techonlogy partners involving:

  • Institute of Technology Tallaght Dublin
  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
  • Institute of Technology, Carlow
  • Institute of Technology, Tralee
  • Institute of Technology, Sligo
  • Limerick Institute of Technology

If you cannot easily access the programme in Dublin Institute of Technology, you can:

  • Complete the Core Computing semester from March to July 2012 in DIT and then apply to transfer to another partner closer to home for your specialisation semester.
  • Apply to participate in the programme now in one of the other Institutes of Technology closer to home which is offering the Core Computing semester in March 2012.

You can, of course, complete the six month placement with a company close to home. Our network of industry partners built through the 11 Institutes of Technology covers the whole country.

Am I eligible?

This programme is funded under the HEA ICT Skills programme and eligible applicants will not be required to pay fees.

Applications to the Higher Diploma in Computing will be accepted from prospective students who have an Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8) qualification in a discipline other than ICT.

Given the target technical market for graduates of this programme candidates will be required to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem solving skills as part of previous programme learning.

Graduates from disciplines which do not have technical or mathematical problem solving skills embedded in their programme will need to be able to demonstrate technical or mathematical problem solving skills in addition to their NFQ Level 8 programme qualifications (Certifications, Additional Qualifications, Certified Experience and Assessment Tests).

Applicants will have one of the following:

  • Gained a minimum of a Level 8 qualification in a numerate discipline. Typical disciplines which would fall into this category would be
    • Engineering
    • Architecture
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
  • Gained a minimum of a Level 8 qualification in a programme with a significant ICT component and/or significant numerate element. Such programmes vary greatly in mathematical and information technology content and assessment would be by detailed examination of subject content , assessments and syllabi.  Typical programmes which would fall into this category could include
    • Management Information Systems
    • Accounting
    • Marketing
    • Management
  • Gained an equivalent qualification on the NFQ and/or equivalent industry experience but will need to be considered for admission by the programme admissions committee on a case by case basis.

How do I apply?

Apply now through the Bluebrick website here. The application deadline is 5:00pm on Friday, 17th February 2012.

Who can I contact?

If you have any further questions, please contact Claire Walsh on 01 402 4819, or

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