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Course Details

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing

Course code: BN509 Entry Route into programme:
  • Bachelors Degree
Duration: 1 year Full time
NFQ level: 8
Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday
Award title: Higher Diploma in Science
Fee: €4,900 (EU Students) **  
Credits for Full Award: 60 @ NFQ Level 8
Awarding Body:                  Technological University Dublin  


Minimum Entry Requirements

Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor Degree in a non related discipline or Ordinary Bachelor Degree in Computing (NFQ level 7) where their date of award exceeds 5 years previous from their date of application.


The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding with specific abilities in the areas of computing, information technology and associated best practices, as well as to act as a basis on which to progress to higher studies in computing.

Who Should Apply?

The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is suitable for degree holders at NFQ level 7, or higher:

  • Working as IT professionals at the level of the enterprise (Enterprise IT).
  • Working as IT professionals in the localisation industry (IT and Localisation).
  • Who want a skills conversion path to an IT environment, that is, individuals who wish to redirect their careers into the IT industry (Conversion to IT).

What does the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Achieve?

  • The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing introduces students to theoretical foundations in a variety of specialist areas to prepare students for further postgraduate and higher degree studies.
  • The course is built on the premise that there are a number of domains of knowledge and skills that are fundamental to a graduate with a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing qualification.
  • The course streams provide a flexible but comprehensive study path through key skill areas.
  • The complementary nature of the subject modules means that the students will receive a sound theoretical knowledge grounded in a strong practical ability coupled with focus on quality and technical solutions.

The emphasis on the course is on a theoretical and practical approach in a modern working environment with the latest appropriate technology and techniques necessary for the cultivation of advanced computing skills valuable to today’s IT market place at the level appropriate for a Higher Diploma in Science in Computing.


Course Content

Semester 1
  • Software Engineering 1
  • Computer Systems
  • Communications and Networking
  • Modelling and Database Design
  • Web Development Introduction
Semester 2
  • Software Engineering 2
  • Internetworking
  • Web Application Development
  • Project Skills
  • Project Design and Development

Electives :

  • Web Software Engineering
  • IT Business Management
  • Advanced Network Security


Electives will only be available at the discretion of the institute, subject to availability of lecturing staff and sufficient expression of interest from students.

** International Student Fees

International students who wish to apply for this course should email for more information about course fees.


For further details on intakes in 2019 please contact our marketing team on 01 885 1530 or e-mail:

What our students say...

Michael Stumpf

"I chose this course due to the fact that I had experience in the field but my previous degree was not and the lack of a relevant credential hampered my ability to be competitive in the job market. Since I was not able to go back to do a traditional three or four year programme, this course was an excellent compromise between being a full-time student and a full-time employee."

Michael Stumpf,
Higher Diploma in Science in Computing

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