Springboard+ Graduate Diploma in Computing March 2018

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 Part-time block basis (Friday afternoon/Saturday) |
START DATE 9 March 2018|

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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, which is fully funded, is an ICT skills conversion course open to graduates from cognate disciplines and will be delivered on a part-time block 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 will be delivered throughout the duration of the course and 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 a block-release basis on Friday afternoons and 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)”.

Eligibility & Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the Springboard+ eligibility criteria.

  • In addition; applicants must hold a degree (min. Level 7) from a recognised third level institution and be looking to obtain a qualification in ICT.


  • This programme is also open to those without a degree who have a number of years of practical industry experience. These participants must complete an Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) to demonstrate relevant experience to be accepted on this high-level programme.

Typically, holders of more technical, numerate degrees are likely to gain a higher ranking in any order of merit in selection for this 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.

What’s Next?

For more information, contact Jonathan: jbeatty@irishtimes.com, (01) 472 7129.

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