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 School of Computing and Mathematics |
DURATION 2 Years |
COURSE SCHEDULE Part-time block basis (Friday afternoon/Saturday) |
START DATE 29 September 2017 |
APPLICATION DEADLINE 22 September 2017 |

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Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025 identified emerging skills shortages in certain areas and occupations which included the Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector. The government have since committed to delivering skills in this key area by a number of interventions including launching ICT skills conversion courses under Springboard+ 2017.

Under Springboard, 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).

The Graduate Diploma in Computing, which is fully government funded, is 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’s Irish Headquarters in Sandyford, Co. Dublin.

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.

Structure

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; for admission consideration, applicants must hold a Primary Honours Degree (Level 8) in a cognate discipline from a recognised third level institution or equivalent qualification. 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.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
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 University Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route.

What’s Next?

Request a course brochure or for more information: Nikki Browne, [email protected], (01) 472 7101

Apply Online via the Springboard Website

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