Springboard+ Graduate Diploma in Computing

Programme Overview

AWARD Graduate Diploma in Computing (with optional specialisms in Data Analytics and Software Engineering) |
AWARDING BODY Ulster University |
DURATION 2 Years |
COURSE SCHEDULE 2 Evenings a week (Tuesday and Wednesday) & occasional Saturdays |
COST Free or 90% funded depending on eligibility status |
START DATE Tuesday 9th October 2018 |
APPLICATION DEADLINE Friday 21st September 2018 |
CONTACT Jonathan Beatty | jbeatty@irishtimes.com | (01) 472 7129 |

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Irish Times Training, Ulster University and Microsoft Ireland have collaborated to design and deliver a Graduate Diploma in Computing (with optional specialisms in Data Analytics and Software Engineering) under the Springboard+initiative.

The Graduate Diploma in Computing is an ICT skills conversion course delivered on a part-time primarily evening basis in state-of-the-art facilities located in Microsoft Sandyford.

The programme 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.

One of the particular and unique features of the programme is the Application Workshops which  focus on the latest developments taking place within the ICT sector.


The Graduate Diploma in Computing is a 2 Year part-time programme based on an academic timetable. The taught content will be delivered over 4 semesters on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings and occasional Saturdays. In the fourth semester, students will be required to complete 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)”.


A fee of €347.50 per year (€695 overall), which is 10% of the total cost of the programme, is payable to the provider for those in employment.

Eligibility & Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the Springboard+ eligibility criteria.

For admission consideration, applicants must also satisfy the entry criteria (below) and also be suitably prepared to achieve the aims and objectives of the Programme.

  1. Applicants must hold a second class honours degree or better from a university of the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard;


  1. an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification;

In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the 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.

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