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Computing / Ríomhaireacht, Higher Diploma



This programme is designed to provide an entry path for Bachelors Honours graduates in other numerate disciplines into graduate entry level careers in computing. The philosophy behind the programme is that graduates from other disciplines will have developed significant transferable skills in analysis, communications and independent learning and so will be in a position to learn quickly a focused subset of computing knowledge to level 8. Learners on the programme will acquire core knowledge of computing concepts in the first part of the programme, They will then progress to a deeper knowledge in their chosen specialisation.

Specialisations available include the following:

  • Software Development
  • Data Analytics

Note that not all specialisms may run each year.

Entry Requirements:

The minimum admission requirement is an Honours Bachelors degree (level 8) in a non computer science discipline. Applicants with other qualifications and relevant experience may also be considered for entry as exceptional cases.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes, satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on academic grades and any work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview.

Career Opportunities

It is expected that students will, at a minimum, obtain a work placement or internship with associated industrial partners for a 6 month period. It is anticipated that in many cases these placements may lead to a full time offer of employment with the company. This possibility is strengthened by the flexibility to tailor the specialisation and project to the needs of the company. Internships or work placements are seen as crucial to providing graduates with the context and confidence in their new knowledge.

As students on this programme will have a primary degree, a Higher Diploma (Level 8 Conversion) and relevant experience, they will, on successful completion of the programme, be eligible for entry into specialist computing MSc programmes which are available through both full and part-time modes of delivery. The advantage of this approach is that it will ensure that the graduates of the higher diploma will be demonstrably of an appropriate level 8 standard.

Course Content

Core Modules

Object-Oriented Software Development 1

Information Systems

Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks

Web and User Interface Design

Systems Analysis and Testing


Software Development Specialisation Modules

Enterprise Application Development

Object-Oriented Software Development 2

Programming for Mobile and Smart Devices


Work Placement


Data Analytics Specialisation Modules

Data Analytics

Probability Models and Statistical Inference

Advanced Databases


Work Placement

For Further Information

School of Computing
College of Sciences and Health
DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8

Contact: Dr Bianca Schoen-Phelan
T: 01 402 4767

Contact Email Addresses


Students can choose to exit with a CPD Certificate in Fundamentals of Computing on completion of the core computing modules (30 ECTS) or a CPD Certificate in Computing on completion of the core computing and the specialism modules (60 ECTS). These certificates are considered by DIT as Masters Qualifiers for the MSc in Computing Programmes offered in the DIT School of Computing. Students who achieve a particular threshold grade in these certificates will be eligible for entry into these MSc in Computing programmes.

Students will be eligible to achieve the Higher Diploma award on successful completion of all core and specialism modules as well as work placement. HDip graduates will be eligible for entry into specialist computing MSc programmes.

Who Should Apply?

Graduates with Honours Bachelors degrees in other numerate disciplines who wish to extend their skills into graduate entry level careers in computing.

Timetable / Hours

Teaching hours will take place Monday to Friday. Evening attendance may be required for some modules.


This programme is currently funded under the HEA ICT Skills Initiative (Graduate Conversion programme) and is therefore fully funded and offered full-time at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications without fees to graduates of engineering, science and similar disciplines. Eligibility information is available here. To apply for funding, applications must be made via the Springboard website.

Confirmation of continued funding support for the programme will be available in May.

The programme is also available to fee paying applicants in Sept 2018.

EU Fees

*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change

For information on postgraduate fees click here

For information on funding please see the following link: Fees and Funding

Applications for funded places should be made through the HEA Springboard website: