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Computing (Database Systems)


Programme Description

This is a flexibly structured programme which provides students with basic introduction to Database Systems with a focus on SQL technology and data modelling. Students can take the 1 module CPD course for a CPD Certificate with 10 ECTS credits or can combine the core Database Systems module with another appropriate module such as Programming & Algorithms 1 or Computer Technology 1.


The content of the Database Systems module on the programme covers the Relational Model, Database Design, the Structured Query Language (SQL), Normalisation and Transaction Management.

Entry Requirements

As a continuing professional development diploma, this is aimed at individuals who have an interest in web design and implementation, and require development of skills in this area, and have an existing qualification at level 5 (Leaving Certificate or above) or relevant experience equivalent to that level or above.


The CPD certificate can be completed in one semester for 10 ECTS credits. Students requiring additional modules can complete 15 or more ECTS in one or two semesters for a CPD Diploma. Accepted students may discuss appropriate module selections with the Programme Contact Staff. 


Written assessment and / or continuous assessment for each module taken.


Students who complete a DT249P CPD certificate or dimploma will be entitled to exemptions upon application to the part-time DT249 degree programme.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme have database design and implementation skills which they can apply in their professional work. This is not a major award programme, and is intended for upskilling of individuals in the workplace. Graduates can apply for admission to major award programmes in the School of Computing, and may apply for exemptions from relevant modules on database systems.

In particular, graduates are encouraged to apply for admission to the part-time BSc Information Systems and Information Technology (DT249) in the School of Computing.

How to apply

Online via DIT’s online application system. However, all candidates are requested to review all information on the DT249 / DT249P website, and in particular the application page HERE for detailed and up to date information on the application process.


Students can select modules based on their needs, so exemptions are not relevant for this programme.


Students who complete the programme are given a Continuing Professional Development Certificate in Database Systems at Level 6 or 7 (depending on level and modules chosen) on the National Framework of Qualifications, usually with 10 ECTS.

Students may take additional modules in coordination with the Programme Chairperson and attain 15 or more credits for a CPD Diploma.