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Computing (Geographic Information Systems)


Programme Description

This is a programme normally delivered over one academic semester providing students with knowledge and skills for the design and implementation of geographic information systems.

Students on this course are presented with the current state of the art in GIS (Geographical Information Systems). The course covers four broad areas of modern GIS, the principles, techniques, technology and analysis. On completion, the student will be competent in the use of the market-leading commercial GIS software system and will be able to develop GIS applications in a variety of technologies including spatial databases, web mapping and data mining applications.

Students may take additional modules in coordination with the programme contact personnel.


The programme is designed to meet the needs of the student, and is strongly focussed on practical skills. Depending on the needs of the student different modules can be selected for either day-time or evening-time study, at introductory or advanced level, and using a choice of technologies.

The CPD certificate or diploma is entirely flexible to the student’s needs and can be tailored using the full suite of geographic information systems, spatial databases and web mapping modules available in the School of Computing, including study during the day-time or the evening time.

Entry Requirements

As a continuing professional development diploma, this is aimed at individuals who have an interest in database design and implementation, and require development of skills in this area, and have an existing qualification at level 7 (Leaving Certificate or above) or relevant experience equivalent to that level or above.


The CPD certificate can be completed in one semester for 5 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 geographic information systems 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. 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 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications, usually with 5 ECTS.

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