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Computing (Internet Application Development)


Programme Description

This is a programme delivered over one academic semester providing students with knowledge and skills for the design and implementation of internet and web-based systems. Students with a background in computer programming can participate in the programme at an advanced level where they will learn how to build a tiered application with HTML/XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL and an application server.

Students undertaking this course at a beginners level will cover HTML/XHTML and CSS in more detail and may choose to advance to the next level upon completion.


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 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 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. Those wishing to take this module at the advanced level should have a good background in programming and database systems either through formal education or practical experience.


The CPD Certificate can be completed in one semester for 10 ECTS credits. Students requiring longer courses with additional skills can complete the programme over a longer period of time for additional credits.


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 web application 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 web design.

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 Internet Application Development at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications, usually with 10 ECTS. Students can flexibly choose more modules if necessary. In such a case those with greater than 15 credits will be awarded a CPD Diploma in Internet Application Development.