Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science [2-year Part-time Mode - Starts mid-January 2019]

Higher Diploma in ScienceHDip in Computer Science [2-year Part-time Mode - Starts mid-January 2019]

Level 8
Cork Road
2 years


90  ECTS


Applications now open - Course starts mid-January 2019

This course is a 24-month ICT conversion course designed to allow honours graduates from non-computing disciplines to acquire the industry-relevant ICT and software development skills, expertise and practical experience required to become suitable candidates for employment in the ICT domain in general and in software development in particular. 

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The course will be delivered in distance/fully online mode. Lectures will be available via Adobe Connect/Synchronous delivery – with recorded playback available. Labs and practical workshops will be fully online, with appropriate use of workflow/messaging services (e.g. Moodle + Slack), screen sharing tools and virtualisation technology (Virtual Machine made available by the programme team). This flexible mode will permit a more effective use of the calendar – with semester duration adjusted to match the learning needs.


Course Outline

HDip Comp Sci - 2-year Part-time

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Orientation Day on site in WIT Computer Systems (5 credits)
Programming (10 credits)Computer Networks (5 credits)
Web Development (5 credits)Project Proposal element (5 credits) including optional onsite day at WIT
Summer School module (5 credits) including optional onsite day at WIT
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Enterprise Service Development (10 credits) Mobile App Development (10 credits)
Developer Operations (5 credits)EITHER Industry-Based Project Implementation and Report (20 credits)
Project Prototype element (5 credits) of the Project/Placement including optional onsite day at WITOR Work Placement and Report (20 Credits)


Academic Eligibility

To be eligible for an ICT skills conversion course a person must meet the residency and nationality criteria, be suitably qualified and hold a Level 8 Degree in a cognate discipline.

Applicants who do not currently meet the academic entry requirements may wish to consider using WIT's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism. The Springboard RPL form is available at https://www.wit.ie/images/uploads/Education_School_PDF/WIT_RP6_Springboard_RPL_Form.docx 
Please complete the form electronically and submit by email along with all supporting documentation such as education and training certificates etc.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details. http://www.wit.ie/about_wit/documents_and_policies/english_language_requirements

Funding Eligibility

For the two-year part-time ICT Conversion courses, you may also be eligible if you are employed. Employed people will pay a fee of €850 for the course with the Government paying the remaining 90% of the course fee on your behalf. The fee will be payable only at the final stage of the application process when you have been offered a place. If you are unemployed and in receipt of a jobseekers payment (including Farm Assist and Qualified Adults of Working Age) you are not eligible for the two year ICT Conversion courses. However, if you are in receipt of other social protection payments, e.g. One Parent Family or Disability Allowance, you may be eligible for the two-year part-time Conversion programmes. Please consult with your DEASP Case Officer to establish this.  Please see more information at www.springboardcourses.ie/eligibility




Course Graduate Kevin Fan from Waterford now working with Errigal

Having recently completed the Higher Diploma in Computer in Waterford Institute of Technology, Kevin can say it was a very rewarding experience. Prior to enrolling to the course, he had a Bachelors in Biochemistry but always had an interest in technology. The course arms you with core knowledge and skillset that is sought after within the ICT industry and coupled with the work placement, puts you ahead of competitors. Intensive, but will come out with a strong knowledge base to tackle even new technologies. The lecturers and staff were always helpful.  This course has given Kevin the skillset and experience to transition into the IT industry and one that he would highly recommended to others. Following the placement Kevin was offered a full-time job with Errigal as a Software Developer. 

Declan Lawlor, Chief Technical Officer at DoneDeal

“The ICT Conversion in WIT has been a great innovation. With the current demand for Software Engineers in Ireland and the South East, WIT has succeeded in developing a programme that equips graduates from other disciplines to transfer directly into IT. The fact that graduates are already equipped with excellent problem-solving, team work and communication skills from their previous disciplines makes them very attractive to employers.”

The ICTSkills course is tailored to produce the programmers and software developers that are in very high demand across multiple sectors:

  • Software Development
  • Financial Services
  • Online retailers / publishers / services providers / customer support services
  • Manufacturing / Logistics / Industrial Control and Automation
  • Advertising & Media
  • Enterprise Software Services

Specific skills areas:

  • Programming
  • Developer Operations
  • IT Administration & Management
  • Web Development
  • Systems Administration
  • Technical Support

Sample job title:

  • Software Developer
  • DevOps Administrator
  • System Administrator
  • Support Engineer
  • Web Designer / Developer
  • Business Systems Analyst



The dedicated ICTSkills/Springboard Work Placement Coordinator, Joan Mangan, works with ICTSkills students and employers from the outset of the course in order to match all students with productive and fulfilling work placement experience. In the ICT industry work placements frequently lead to job offers and that has very much been our experience. 

Please see more information on ICTSkills Work Placement here.

Placement Coordinator: Joan Mangan
Tel:   +353 51 302 849
Email: [email protected]

Postal Address:

Work Placement Coordinator (A03)
School of Education & Lifelong Learning
Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Road, Waterford.

Course Leader(s)

Course Coordinator: Joan Mangan

Phone:051 302849
Email: [email protected]

Course Leader: Eamonn DeLeastar

Email: [email protected]

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