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About This Program

If you wish to pursue a career in the ICT sector but graduated from a non-IT related discipline, then enrolling in this Applied Computing Technology Higher Diploma program will help you gain IT skills to break into the industry.

And why not switch careers if computing or information technology is already your hobby or interest? Or if you just want a more stable career?

The IT sector in Ireland (and in many countries as well) is booming and the demand for graduates outstrips the demand.  With a thriving tech sector, the ICT industry in Ireland is still thriving with approximately 75% of the industry employed in multinational companies.  And with an open economy and competitive tax incentives, Ireland has 8 out of 10 global IT companies with established presence in the country.


Course Delivery

A typical five credit module includes:

  • two lecture hours per week
  • one to two hours practicals per week

You will be required to study on your own outside these regular hours.  Assessment may be a combination of:

  • End-of-year exams and;
  • Module assignments.


If you graduate from the Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology program, you can:

  • Continue to the MSc Computing Science program OR;
  • Exit and take up employment in areas such as:
    • Development.  Once you have gained sufficient work experience, you might go on to become a Senior Developer, Designer, Architect, Management;
    • Test / QA.  Once you have gained sufficient work experience, you may apply for positions leading to Test Automation, Business / Systems Analysis, Management;
    • Desktop/Helpdesk support.  With experience, you mY qualify for jobs leading to Network / Systems Admin, Cloud / Virtualization Engineer

There are a number of multi-national firms who have either established their global Head Quarters or European offices in Ireland.  These include:
Accenture, Aer Lingus, Amazon, Apple, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Ireland, Cisco, BT Communications (Ireland) Limited, Cisco, CiTi-Technology, Cloudreach, Dell, Digital Turbine Asia Pacific, EMC, Enterprise Ireland, Ericsson, First Derivatives, Guidewire, IBM, Intel, Open Text, Paddy Power, Pilz, PWC, SAP Galway Transverse Technologies, Trend Micro, Uniwink, Version 1 (Software).

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, you should have attained skills that are in demand by the IT sector.

This program provides you with an understanding of the principles of internet-based computer systems.  You will be equipped with a range of core IT skills, including:

  • Web design;
  • Web server configuration;
  • Managing and manipulating multimedia content;
  • Interfacing with databases and;
  • Working with common office software.

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Course Outline

This is a conversion program and is intended for graduates who do not have a computer science degree.

You will be taking 60 credits as follows: 30 credits in teaching period 1 and 30 credits in period 2.

CS1117 Introduction to Programming
CS5002 Web Development 1
CS5007 Computer Applications with Visual Basic
CS5008 Internet Computing
CS5009 Multimedia
CS5018 Web Development 2 
CS5019 Systems Organization I 
CS5020 Systems Organization II 
CS5021 Introduction to Relational Databases 
CS5022 Database Design and Administration 

Course Info

Course Code : CK008

College : Science, Engineering and Food Science

Duration : 1 year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 8

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee


Total Cost - International Fees


The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

Therefore, when estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, insurance, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, health, books and materials.

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa or Education Counselor periodically for any changes.

Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is in September 2017.

The  next intake date is September 10, 2018.

IVC will be accepting applications only until MARCH 31, 2018.  This 5-month preparation period includes, among others:

  • Review by the UCC department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your education bond;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

It is important to apply early as this course may be over-subscribed. Please note the following protocol:

  • If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list. You will be given priority over later applicants.
  • If the course has not been filled in the first round, or by the first round waiting list or your application is successful, you will receive an offer or a conditional offer.
  • If you meet the application requirements but the course is full, you will be placed on the waiting list.

View IMPORTANT INFORMATON about APPLYING for an Irish Student Visa

Make sure you apply early!  We allow two month to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation, insurance, pay your tuition fee, and process your education bond.  The next three months is reserved for the visa application process. 

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Academic Achievement: Master Degree or Bachelor Degree from a Centre of Excellence or Prestigious University. If you did not graduate from a prestigious university, you will have to submit your credentials earlier for an extensive review.
  • If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:
    • IELTS (Academic Test): 6.5 Overall band score, 6.0 Minimum band per ability
    • TOEFL iBT: 90 Overall Score. Minimum scores of: 17 for Listening and Writing; 18 for Reading; 20 for Speaking;
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C;
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B;
    • Pearson PTE: 63 Minimum score, No section score below 59.


If you did not meet the academic requirement or there is no equivalency for your country, let us know!  Send your inquiry HERE.

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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