Springboard+ Graduate Diploma in Computing

Irish Times Training, Ulster University and Microsoft Ireland have collaborated to design and deliver a two year part-time Graduate Diploma in Computing (with optional specialisms in Data Analytics and Software Engineering) which is 90% funded for people in employment and fully-funded for “Returners” through the Springboard+ initiative.

Delivered on a primarily evening basis in Dublin City Centre, this programme is designed to facilitate the conversion of graduates from various disciplines into careers in the ICT sector.

You will gain extensive software development skills as well as taking foundational modules in computer hardware, operating systems and database systems. This will provide you with a set of skills that not only makes you directly employable within the industry but which also offers a solid underpinning that will facilitate and enable further continuing professional development.

Duration: 2 Academic Years

Study Mode: Part-time, 2 evenings a week

Start Date: TBC

Please note all places have been filled. Contact us to register your interest for the next course.

Location: Dublin City Centre

Cost: Free or 90% subsidised depending on eligibility status


  • Software Engineering (E)
  • Software Development
  • Data Structures
  • Database Systems
  • Cloud Development for Employability
  • Data Analytics (E)
  • Work Based Project

Contact: jbeatty@irishtimes.com | (01) 472 7129

For more information about the course, contact us to request a brochure.

For more information on eligibility, visit the Springboard+ website.

To apply via the Springboard+ Website, click the button below.


Employee Development

Want to give your employees the opportunity to grow, develop in-demand skills and gain a university qualification? Irish Times Training offers a range of free and subsidised Springboard+ higher education courses in areas of identified skills gaps.

For more information or to arrange a meeting, please contact gencourses@irishtimes.com or call (01) 472 7101.

About Springboard+

Springboard+ provides free higher education courses in areas of identified skills needs to unemployed people, those previously self-employed and those returning to work. Courses will also be free for employed people on NFQ Level 6 courses. For employed participants on courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee will be funded, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.

Springboard+ allows you to bring your career to the next level – learn new skills, enhance your existing skills, get the promotion or job you’ve always dreamed of.

Springboard+ is managed by The Higher Education Authority on behalf of The Department of Education and Skills. Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.


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