Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing (September 2019)

National College of Ireland (PGDCLOUD_SEP)
Key Programme Details

Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Evening


Part Time

ECTS Credits



School of Computing

General Information

The Springboard Team



1850 221 721 (Option 4)


National College of Ireland
Mayor Street
Dublin 1


Springboard Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

Overview of Entry Requirements:
This course is ideal for computer science or engineering graduates, ICT industry practitioners, system administrators, and those with an interest in gaining practical experience in cloud computing who have a level 8 honours degree in computing/ computer science or in a cognate area (STEM) NOTE: Candidates are expected to have programming ability already before they apply to this course.

Overview of Course:
The global Cloud Computing market is expected to reach 287 billion USD in 2018, according to research firm Gartner Inc., giving it a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.1% from 2011-18. In Ireland. The Postgraduate Diploma in Cloud Computing is focused on addressing a range of core cloud technology skills assembled into two different sub-areas of specialisation:

• Development: Enables learners to get not only practical experience with the SaaS delivery model, but also some basic concepts of programming for data analytics
• Infrastructure: Focuses not only on the foundations of the IaaS delivery model, but also on the migration and low-level management of distinct virtualisation architectures

Overview of Eligibility:
Even though this course is open to applicants irrespective of their employment status the HEA requests that we must prioritise those in receipt of a social protection payment and those classified as ‘returners’ to upskill or reskill and re-enter the workforce by providing places free of charge. Therefore, a number of places on this course will be reserved for these applicants. Please note that to participate in a NFQ Level 9 (Post Graduate) course, a period of at least one year must have elapsed since completing a full time undergraduate degree course leading to a major award at level 8 on the NFQ.

Fees: A student contribution fee of €650 is applicable if you are in employment. No fees are applicable if you are unemployed and in receipt of an eligible DEASP payment. This amount must be paid in full no later than Friday 15th November 2019. If a student withdraws before the commencement of the course the full amount that they have paid is refundable. No refund will be processed once the student commences the course the week beginning 16th September 2019. Please see for more details. The scheme does not cover any allowance for books and materials.


As a graduate of this course you will be able to:
. Create and deploy commercial multi-tier applications onto multiple (public/ hybrid) cloud platforms
. Plan and architect highly-scalable computing/data analytics solutions for business and scientific needs
. Design pattern-based application code to run efficiently in a cloud environment
. Evaluate security strategies associated with cloud computing and apply them to ensure the technical sustainability of an organisation
. Perform a migration from a traditional ICT environment to a cloud-based platform
. Manage the process of running an IT department from a cloud environment.

Entry Requirements

To be admitted as a student, an applicant must have earned an honours (NFQ Level 8) primary degree in Computing or a cognate area with a 2.2 award or higher. Cognate area means a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree that also taught programming/application development related modules. An assessment and/or interview may be conducted to ascertain suitability if necessary for candidates who do not meet the normal academic requirements. NOTE: Candidates are expected to have programming ability before they apply to this course.

Non- English speaking applicants must demonstrate fluency in the English language as demonstrated by IELTS academic score of at least 6.0 or equivalent.

Laptop Requirements
This programme has a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. Specifically, students are expected to successfully participate in lectures, laboratories and projects using a portable computer (laptop/notebook) with a substantial hardware configuration. Its minimal suitable configuration is 8GB of RAM (16GB are recommended); a modern 64-bit x86 multi-core processor (Intel i5 or superior); 250+ GB of available space in hard disk; WiFi card; and a recent version of Ubuntu, macOS, or Windows.

Long Description

Year 1/Semester 1
• Cloud Security
• Cloud Application Development
• Cloud Infrastructure Management
• Career Bridge

Year 1/Semester 2
• Utility Computing
• Cloud Architecture
• Business Strategies for Cloud Computing
• Career Bridge

Year 1/Semester 3
• Research in Computing
• Cloud Application Services - Elective
• Programming for Data Analytics - Elective
• Virtualisation - Elective
• Data Storage and Management - Elective
• Career Bridge

Relevant Employment/Placement can be undertaken within the course timeline, generally 2nd or 3rd semester or commenced within 3 months of course completion.

Why Choose This Course

The Career Bridge module is worked into each of the programme schedules. Assisting students develop and achieve their career goals is a core mission within the NCI Career Development & Employability Office (CDEO) who have won the AHECS “Excellence in Employability Award” for 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018. These were awarded for the work undertaken with students completing skills conversion programmes. The Career Bridge module involves producing a career action plan and develops in students the ability to self-manage their careers, identify and apply for career opportunities, develop an online brand, network effectively and promote themselves at interview

Career Opportunities

Recent NCI graduates in cloud computing have gone on to work as technology analysts in EY & Citi, support engineers and application delivery engineers in SAP, network engineers in HP Enterprise, software developers in Verizon Connect, cloud consultants in Hewlett Packard site & reliability engineers in Asavie, and operations engineers in IBM and Workday.

Timetable Info

1 Year, 3 semesters from September to December 2019, January to May 2020 and late May to August 2020.

Indicative Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 18.00 - 22.00
(Career Bridge classes will be delivered one day per week 17.00 start - day to be confirmed).

While every effort is made to schedule exams for part-time students in the evenings or Saturdays this is not always possible and all students, Part-time and Full-time, are expected to sit end of semester examinations during the day and evening Monday to Saturday

*All start dates and schedules are indicative and can be subject to change unless otherwise stated*

Delivery Location

National College of Ireland
Mayor Street
Dublin 1

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

The Springboard Team


Springboard Office,
National College of Ireland,
Mayor Street,
Dublin 1


1850 221 721 (Option 4)


RPL Information

For candidates who do not meet the minimum entry requirements the college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme - meaning applicants may be considered based on relevant work or other experience.

Application Procedures

ACTION ITEM: Throughout the application process please continue to check your Spam and Junk folders in your email account as emails from can at times default to these folders instead. In addition, please ensure that you have only one email address registered with Springboard. The email address that you login to your Springboard account with must match the email address on your Springboard application form. If the email address on the application form is different, you will need to update it. Failure to do so will only cause confusion and as a result you may end up missing vital emails from the Springboard team in regards to your application. We also ask you to review the postal address that you have included on your application form and ensure that is up to date.

This supporting documentation must be uploaded to along with your application or within a few days of having submitted your application to ensure that your application can be assessed for a September start.

1. Your current curriculum vitae:
Please provide an up to date CV. The Employer Name and Location needs be outlined for every job. If you were unemployed or travelling for a period of time this too needs to be included on your CV including the dates and location(s) of where you resided during that time. Any unexplained gaps will result in a delay in the processing of your Springboard+ application

2. Career Statement:
Please include a 300 word career statement detailing what has motivated you to undertake the programme and how the programme fits in with your career objectives. This statement is compulsory and must be course specific. It should clearly demonstrate that you have researched the course and have a broad understanding of the course you are applying for. Unless it refers explicitly to the course you are applying for it will not be accepted. Please also ensure that you have included your full name and the exact course title on the career statement.

3. Educational Transcripts for any relevant qualifications listed in your application form and the final certificates for any qualifications listed in your application form. Alternatively a Diploma Supplement will suffice if it contains a breakdown of all subjects taken for the duration of the course.

4. Candidates whose qualifications are in foreign languages - please ensure all documentation is provided in its original language. You must also have these documents officially translated into English by a professional, registered translation company. Translations done by you, the applicant, are not acceptable. There are a number of such companies here in Dublin 1 who will do this for you.

5. A copy of your current passport

6. Non-EU applicants will need to provide a copy of their GNIB card showing a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM . You will need to upload evidence of your first Stamp 4 Visa and your current Stamp 4.

7. Verification of Status Required:
Employed- please provide a recently dated letter from your current employer on headed paper, signed and dated.
Returner - Please provide a letter/statement signed by the Commissioner for Oaths confirming your current status. A form to complete the process is available here:
Department of Social Protection - Please provide a recently dated letter confirming that you are on the live register detailing which payment you are in receipt of (alternatively your most recent post office receipt will suffice) or a letter confirming that you are signing for social insurance contribution credits.
Previously Self Employed - A letter from your accountant or revenue confirming that your business is no longer trading.

This supporting documentation must be uploaded to along with your application or within a few days of having submitted your application to ensure that your application can be assessed for a September start.

Further Documentation/Interview Requirements
Depending on your background you may be required to submit additional documentation and/or participate in an interview or logic test. The Course Director may also request to meet you in person for an informal interview to assess your suitability for the course. We will advise you in due course if any of the above applies to you.

English Language Requirements
Candidates whose first language is not English may also be required to sit the free NCI Academic Competency Test. Regardless of how long you have lived or worked in Ireland if you have not already successfully completed an academic course through English lasting at least one year and if you cannot provide a suitable IELTS or TOEFL test result you may need to do the NCI Academic Competency Test. We will advise you if this applies to you.

Please note that once courses are at capacity they may close without warning.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Cloud Computing

You will find more in depth information on the programme outcomes and contents of each module by following the link below. Please be aware that the semester/schedules contained in the link below are not reflective of how the course will be run for Springboard students. That information can be found under “Timetable Info” and the “Long Description” above.