Postgraduate
HDip Computer Science – Applied Computing Technology

University College Cork

Course Overview


The Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology is a CONVERSION COURSE open to graduates from non-computing disciplines.

The course provides you with an understanding of the principles of internet-based computer systems and will equip you 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.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options

This is a short intensive course which does not contain a placement option.


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 18,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • This is a CONVERSION COURSE and is intended for graduates who do not have Computer Science Degree and would like to attain skills in demand by the IT sector.
  • The course provides you with an understanding of the principles of internet-based computer systems and will equip you 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.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

  • This CONVERSION COURSE is open to graduates of any discipline other than Computer Science or a similar discipline.

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET):
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): DET 100-110 + Skills Check. DET 115 or more eligible for full offer
IELTS Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5
TOEFL Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): TOEFL 80 Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing 17
CPE Cambridge Proficiency Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
CAE Cambridge Advanced Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
Pearson PTE Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): 59 Minimum individual sections 51
Trinity ISE:
Trinity ISE III with at least merit in each skill category

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology can:
1. Continue to the MSc Computing Science having achieved a 1H diploma or
2. Exit and take up employment as in areas such as:
– Development – with experience leading to Senior Developer, Designer, Architect, Management
– Test / QA – with experience leading to Test Automation, Business / Systems Analysis, Management
– Desktop / Helpdesk Support – with experience leading to Network / Systems Admin, Cloud / Virtualization Engineer
The IT sector is booming and the demand for graduates outstrips demand. The Technology Skills 2020: Ireland’s Third ICT Action Plan outlines the current status of the ICT sector in Ireland and the growing demand for skilled IT graduates.

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