Graduate Diploma in Computing (with optional specialisms in Data Analytics and Software Engineering) [March 2018]

Irish Times Training (Graduate Diploma in Computing)
Key Programme Details

Graduate Diploma in Computing (with optional specialisms in Data Analytics and Software Engineering)

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime, Classroom - Evening


2 Years Part Time

ECTS Credits


Skills Area

Information and communication (including ICT)

General Information

Jonathan Beatty



(01) 472 7129


Irish Times Training,
The Irish Times Buidling,
24-28 Tara Street,
Dublin 2


ICT Programme Co-ordinator

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About this Course

Irish Times Training, Ulster University and Microsoft Ireland have collaborated on the design of a Graduate Diploma in Computing and Information Technology which has been designed to facilitate the conversion of graduates from various cognate disciplines for careers in the ICT sector.

The programme will be structured on a block basis and delivered in Microsoft Leopardstown.

One of the particular and unique features of the programme are the Application Workshops which will be delivered throughout the duration of the course. The Application Workshops, which will be non-academic credit bearing, will focus on the latest developments taking place within the ICT sector. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of knowledge during the Workshop programme. The Application Workshops have been designed by industry and will be delivered by ICT practitioners, all of whom are experts in their field. On average, two Application Workshops will be delivered per semester.

This programme will be delivered on a part-time block-release basis. It will provide students with a rigorous study of the theory and principles underlying development and maintenance of modern computing applications alongside an opportunity to obtain knowledge in a selected area of interest.

At the end of the programme students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of selected tools, practices and methodologies used in the specification, design, implementation, critical evaluation and maintenance of computer software systems;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the key legal, social, ethical and professional issues involved in the sustainable exploitation of computer technology;
- Apply key concepts and practices that underpin computing as an academic discipline and its relevance to everyday life;
- Analyse problems, identify requirements and propose alternative solutions for software systems;
- Develop appropriate testing criteria to evaluate the functionality of computer-based systems, considering factors such as limitations and constraints, fitness-for-purpose and trade-offs;
- Specify, design and construct computer-based systems for a range of application areas;
- Make selective and effective use of a wide range of learning resources to guide and enhance learning;
- Appreciate the need for continuing professional development in recognition of the need for lifelong learning. Students will gain extensive software development skills.

The programme will be delivered on a part-time block-release basis with students typically attending lectures on a Friday afternoon and Saturday.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the Springboard+ eligibility criteria.

- In addition; applicants must hold a degree (min. Level 7) from a recognised third level institution and be looking to obtain a qualification in ICT.
- This programme is also open to those without a degree who have a number of years of practical industry experience. These participants must complete an Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) to demonstrate relevant experience to be accepted on this high-level programme.

Typically, holders of more technical, numerate degrees are likely to gain a higher ranking in any order of merit in selection for this programme.

An IELTS score of a minimum of 6.0 (with no band score less than 5.5) or equivalent is required, where previous study has been conducted in a language other than English.

Long Description

In part-time mode, the taught content will be delivered over 4 semesters, with the fourth semester requiring the completion of a work-based project. Students will have the choice of undertaking as an elective Software Engineering or Data Analytics module, allowing a specialism to be developed. Where a student goes on to undertake a project in either of these specialist areas, and this is evidenced through the assessment process, the student can choose to graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Computing or add one of the specialisms to their award title in brackets after the main award title: “Graduate Diploma in Computing (Data Analytics)” or “Graduate Diploma in Computing (Software Engineering)”

Curriculum for the Graduate Diploma in Computing (Level 8):
- Software Development 1 (10 ECTS credits)
- Software Development 2 (10 ECTS credits)
- Data Structures (10 ECTS credits)
- Database Systems (5 ECTS credits)
- Cloud Development for Employability (10 ECTS credits)
- Data Analytics (E) (10 ECTS credits)
- Software Engineering (E) (10 ECTS credits)
- Work Based Project (20 ECTS credits)

Career Opportunities

In 2012 there were an estimated 68,280 ICT professionals working within the ICT sector and across other sectors of the economy. According to the report of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs” Addressing Future Demand for High Level ICT Skills” Ireland is likely to face an average increase in demand of 5% a year to 2018 with employment of ICT professionals likely to reach 91,000. The “ICT Skills Action Plan 2014-2018” set a target to meet 74% of the forecast industry demand for high level ICT skills from our own education system by 2018. Given current graduate projections it is unlikely that target will be met by 2018 without increasing the enrollment on ICT courses.

The Graduate Diploma in Computing with specialism options allows learners to move into more technical career focused areas such as Software Systems Development and Data Analytics as well as General Computing.

This programme has been designed to meet the National Skills Requirements in these areas.

Timetable Info

The programme is intensive in nature, with teaching and laboratory activites. It is run over 2 academic years, over 4 semesters on a part-time block basis with students typically attending lectures on a Friday afternoon and Saturday.

Delivery Location

Dublin 18

Delivery Notes