Higher Diploma Science in Computing

  • Higher Diploma Science in Computing
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Carlow
  • Not applicable
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


The Higher Diploma in Science in Computing is designed for graduates of non-computing disciplines. It equips successful participants with a range of core IT skills and opens career routes in the vibrant Information Technology (IT) sector.

This programme has two streams, namely:

  • Systems and IT Services
  • Software Development for Games and Apps

Semester 1 modules are shared by both streams. Semester 2 modules differentiate the two streams and allow participants to specialise in a manner that develops their interests and career aspirations. A 3-month work placement concludes Semester 2 of both streams.

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?

Graduates of this course will be able to apply knowledge of proven and emerging protocols, methods and tools of software engineering, computer networking, information systems and systems management in the development and management of IT systems and services.

What subjects will I study?

Semester 1
  • Object-Oriented Software Development
  • Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks
  • Systems Analysis and Testing Information Systems
  • Web and UI Design
Semester 2 - Stream: Systems & IT Services
  • Scripting
  • Network and Systems Management Computer Networks
  • Project
  • Work Placement
Semester 2 - Stream: Software Development for Games and Apps
  • Software Developoment for Apps
  • Object-Oriented Software Development for Games
  • Project
  • Work Placement

Special features of the programme

Suitable for graduates of non-computing disciplines. Includes 3 month work placement in the vibrant IT sector.

Entry Requirements

Applications will be considered from those with Honours Degree (Level 8) or equivalent qualification in a cognate discipline. Applicants will be called for interview as part of the application process.

Study Opportunities

Graduates of this programme can progress to postgraduate study at either Masters or Doctoral level in IT Carlow including the MSc in IT Management.

Gradustes may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities in both Ireland and abroad upon successful completion of this programme.

Potential employment opportunities for graduates

There are many career paths available to graduates of this stream ranging from careers as Web Developers to Network Administrators to IT Consultants and many careers in between.

Organisations with IT departments are many and varied, so graduates of this stream may find suitable career opportunities in an SME, a government department, or multi-national corporation.

Software Development for Games and Apps Stream

The games industry is a multi-billion euro industry and expected to increase even more over the next few years. There are excellent employment opportunities for computer game programmers to find work with game publishers or game development studios at home and abroad. Students will also be able to fulfil any roles normally filled by graduates of computing or software engineering degree, if they so wish.

Graduate Profile

James Finn

Senior Engineer, Internet Engineering at Mastercard

How has the Higher Diploma in Computing helped you with your career?
I previously completed a Civil Engineering degree from IT Carlow, due to the economic conditions  at the time opportunities were limited in that sector. I returned to complete a Higher Diploma in Computing with no background in Computing. This course has opened up a world of opportunities to me in the technology sector in Ireland. The course touches on most aspects of the technology sector including Networks, Web Design, Java, Scripting etc. On completing the course I gained employment immediately in an IT infrastructure team in AIB in Dublin. I spent 18 months with AIB before moving  to MasterCard in April 2015 where I am currently working as a Senior Engineer in the Internet Engineering space. Without completing the Higher Diploma in Computing in IT Carlow I would not have access to any of these opportunities.

Would you recommend this course  ?
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is thinking of pursuing a career in technology.Currently, Ireland’s technology sector is booming & jobs are plentiful. This course enables candidates to avail of these opportunities.

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Not Available in 2020/2021

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
CWS08 Higher Diploma Science in Computing Carlow Full-time €3,000 Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages

How to apply

Programme Not Available in 2020/2021

  1. Research & choose your programme from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant programme information including entry requirements, programme code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email: graduatestudies@itcarlow.ie.

All Non-EU applicants should refer to the International section of the website for further information.


Dr Keara Barrett
BSc, PhD
Programme Director
P: 059 917 5500


Nigel Whyte BSc, MSc
Head of Department - Computing & Networking
P: 059 917 5500
E: nigel.whyte@itcarlow.ie