Programme Details

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Higher Diploma in Science in Computing

Programme Purpose

Ireland has an exceptionally strong ICT services sector with a highly creative and talented workforce, an open economy and a competitive corporate tax environment. As a result, there is a continuing need for well-educated staff that have skills and competencies in a wide range of ICT management, innovation and operational areas. Ireland is a very profitable location for ICT services, due to the combination of high productivity and a cost base that is very competitive with other locations, which have similarly sophisticated ecosystems. Ireland's National Skills Strategy 2025 and the Expert Group on Future Skills Need 2019 identify a need for further education in this area to fill the skills gap, which arises in start-up, indigenous and multinational companies. The shortage of ICT talent is potentially significant for a number of sectors where ICT professionals (e.g. programmers, software engineers, web designers and others), ICT managers and ICT technicians are required. The programme is aimed at both domestic and international learners who seek an underpinning in key ICT theories, concepts as well as ICT processes and skills. The programme accommodates a wide audience of learners whose specific interests in Computing and specific ICT areas, such as Software Development, Mobile Technologies, Web and Cloud, IT Infrastructure and Networking or DevOps. This ensures learners acquire an integrated, balanced, and dynamic ICT education enabling the development of ICT knowledge, including previously acquired knowledge and experience. The programme engenders an awareness of the importance of transferable and cross enterprise skills required of competitive organisations and which stimulate sustainable and diverse careers in ICT. This programme is a 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time programme.

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Dublin City

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Centres offering Higher Diploma in Science in Computing

Name Address Contact Website
Dublin Business School Exams Office, 13/14 Aungier Street,, Dublin 2 , D02 WC04. 01 417 7500