Data Analytics and Software Development (Higher Diploma) [September 2017]

University of Limerick (17HDDASD)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime


1 Year Full Time

ECTS Credits



0613 Software and applications development and analysis

Skills Area

Information/Communications Technology

General Information

Nikola Nikolov





CPE will assist with entry, administrative and admissions queries.

Course Director, Nikola Nikolov will assist with any technical queries on course content


Administrator/Course Director

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


About this Course

The Higher Diploma in Data Analytics and Software Development course will provide learners with fundamental theoretical and practical skills, abilities and knowledge to gain a comprehensive understanding of data analytics closely aligned to current employer needs.

The programme has been designed in consultation with a number of businesses that are based in the west/mid-west regions (all part of the Limerick for IT group). Vistakon, Analog Devices, HP (Galway), DELL and General Motors have all been involved in the course design.

This course provides a blend of advanced data modeling, statistical analysis and database design concepts that will provide participants with the skills to work alongside business Subject Matter Experts to fast track the use and adoption of
advanced analytics techniques and solutions that will enable further performance improvements.

An industry learning experience (work placement) will form a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various concepts in the portfolio of the participant.

Job readiness and support into employment will be provided through a series of workshops and seminars and an active engagement with motivated students in attaining employment.


This course provides a blend of advanced data modelling, statistical analysis and database design concepts that will provide participants with the skills to work alongside business Subject Matter Experts to fast track the use and adoption of
advanced analytics techniques and solutions that will enable further performance improvements.

Entry Requirements

The principal entry requirement for the course is a Level 8 honours primary degree, at minimum second class honours (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent), in a relevant engineering, computing, mathematics, science or technology discipline.

Applicants from other disciplines who have a significant mathematics or computing element in their primary degree will also be considered.

Education qualifications, work experience, motivation and overall potential to be successful on the programme are considered in evaluating an application.

The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

Applicants may be required to undertake an interview and satisfy the course admission team that they have the ability to complete and benefit from this course.

Applicants are required to meet the University of Limerick English Language requirements.

The University of Limerick policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning will apply to applications for this programme.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Long Description


Autumn Semester:

CS4171 Introduction to Model Driven Development
CS4055 Data Mining and Data Warehousing
MA4603 Science Mathematics 3
CS5051 Programming A
CS5061 ICT Employability Skills Workshop

Spring Semester:

CS4004 Software Testing and Inspection
MS4303 Operations Research 1
CS4065 Web Infrastructure
CS4416 Database Systems
CS5052 Programming B

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Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details

Carmel O'Dwyer


Continuing & Professional Education,
University of Limerick,
Limerick, Ireland




Application Procedures

Stage 01: Apply on Springboard Courses to register your interest in taking this course at the University of Limerick.

Stage 02: Start the University of Limerick on-line application process and save it until you have all documentation ready.

UL Online Application System for Data Analytics and Software Development Higher Diploma
(If you are prompted on the UL online application form to pay an application fee of €25, please select the “Pay by Cheque” option to waive this fee. Springboard applicants are exempt from fees.)

Stage 03: Gather the required documentation to support your application as detailed below. Support Documents required with your application:
1. A detailed CV out lining your education, employment and professional qualifications and experience in line with the entry requirements for the course as listed on the Springboard+ site.
2. Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts/college results. Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number. We can access their student transcripts using this number.
3. Photo or Scanned copy of birth certificate or passport to verify ID and full legal name.
4. Digital quality head and shoulders photograph to passport standards for your ID card.
5. Documentation to support your application, such as a detailed CV or professional certificates.
6. Applicants who do not have English as their first language must include the following additional documents with their application form:
•English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
•English language competency certificate
Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to have a high level of competence in English.

These are compulsory documents and are required for enrolment at the University. An application will not be deemed to be complete unless it includes the documentation listed above.

Stage 04: Email your Application and documents to the University of Limerick to .
Please note, your application will not be processed until all documentation is received

Stage 05: The University of Limerick will make you an offer if you are successful.

Stage 06: Accept the University of Limerick Offer by the due date indicated in the offer email.

Stage 07: The Springboard Application System will offer you a place which you should accept to avail of free fees. You will be liable for fees of €6,5000 unless you accept the Springboard Application System Offer.

In order to avail of free fees you must provide written confirmation from your local Department of Social Welfare (DSP) office that you were in receipt of a Social Welfare payment at the time of application for this course.
*If you are not in receipt of a Social Welfare payment and you are in employment, you do not need to provide this letter.