Funded computing courses to help organisations with digital transformation

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Pictured is WIT's Walton IT building.

Pictured is WIT's Walton IT building.

Opportunities available in Enterprise Software Systems, Information Systems Processes, Data Mining, Mobile App Development and User Experience & Design

A number of full-time Masters and modular courses in the computing discipline at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have Government-funded places for students starting in January 2021.

WIT has won over €1m funding to offer 84 places on one-year full-time masters courses and 233 places on shorter ‘modular provision’ courses under the Government’s ‘July Stimulus’ initiative.

Five computing options

In the field of computing there are two Computing masters programmes available to apply for and three modular courses: Data Mining, Mobile App Development and User Experience & Design

The institute is opening applications on 20 November 2020 to engineering, business and computing courses which will have a late January 2021 start.

The Masters programmes in the Department of Computing and Mathematics that adult learners will now able to apply for a 90% or 100% subsidised place on are the MSc in Enterprise Software Systems and MSc in Information Systems Processes.

Suitable to all sectors

Dr Alan Davy, Head of the Department of Computing and Mathematics explains the two Masters programmes are attractive to computer science graduates wishing to further progress their education to postgraduate level 9. “Recent level 8 graduates or returning professionals would all be suitable candidates for these programmes. Graduates from our MSc programmes would be aspiring senior developers or management roles in both the software industry or digital transformation across all sectors of enterprise.”

The MSc in Enterprise Software Systems, he says, will provide postgraduate skills related to software development within the enterprise sector. Modules covered include Cloud, Agile Software Development, User Experience and Design among others.

WIT’s MSc in Information Systems Processes. Dr Davy adds, will provide postgraduates with the skills to drive digital transformation of organisations across a range of industries. Modules covered include Business Processes, Project Management, Human Centred Systems among other.

In-demand skills

“The skills delivered by these programmes are highly sought and are in increasing demand,” he says.

In October 2020 Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD announced over €30 million in free and subsidised higher education places under the Jobs Stimulus package to help get people back to work, upskill workers and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of COVID-19.

Minister Harris said that many of courses focus on future proofing the skills of those in employment, particularly in roles that may be impacted by digitalisation.

"These courses will enable people across the country to embark on new pathways, or refresh or reskill in their employment. We must ensure a jobs led recovery by putting upskilling and SME supports centre stage. This is a crucial part of the jigsaw."

The courses fall into two categories: full-time postgraduate courses and ‘modular courses’ are short and focused and will be offered in a flexible manner, allowing people to gain important skills without taking a considerable period away from the labour market.

Neil Quinlan, Head of the Department of Lifelong Learning at WIT welcoming the funding said:

“Minister Harris and the Higher Education Authority deserve credit for bringing this new stimulus scheme to fruition amidst the pandemic. Building on the success of the Springboard initiative it offers a “broad range of further upskilling opportunities to people in the South East to upskill and reskill to better meet the current and future challenges we’re dealing with.”

All courses will open for online applications from 20 November 2020 at www.wit.ie/fundedcourses.

Related Courses

Master of Science in  Computing (Enterprise Software Systems)
Master of Science in  Computing (Information Systems Processes) (full time)

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