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Higher Diploma in Science in Networking and Systems (Full-Time)

Course Points
75
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
15 Places
Course Start Date
January 2023

Course Summary

This is a one-year full-time conversion programme (funded by Springboard HCI) which is suitable for graduates with a software background who wish to gain knowledge on the Systems and Networking side for the design, deployment and support of on-premise and cloud solutions. It is also suitable for those already employed in the IT sector who increasing find they need to understand the systems and networks they are interacting with - whether on-premise or in the cloud. This programme aims to provide participants with acquired knowledge of network management, administration and design. Graduates will also have advanced knowledge of System Services and will be able to design, implement, manage and troubleshoot typical System Services in a heterogeneous environment.

Important notice about this course

NOW ENROLLING FOR AUTUMN 2022

This course is supported by Springboard+. You can find more information on Springboard by visiting the Springboard website.

This HDip in Science in Networking & System is also offered as a 2-year part-time online programme funded through Springboard+. For more information about the part-time version of this programme, visit the course page.

This is a one-year full-time conversion programme suitable for graduates with a software background who wish to gain knowledge on the Systems and Networking side for the design, deployment and support of on-premise and cloud solutions. It is also suitable for those already employed in the IT sector who increasing find they need to understand the systems and networks they are interacting with - whether on-premise or in the cloud. This programme aims to provide participants with acquired knowledge of network management, administration and design. Graduates will also have advanced knowledge of System Services and will be able to design, implement, manage and troubleshoot typical System Services in a heterogeneous environment.

At the end of the course the students will have an in-depth understanding of networking and systems protocols and the skills to configure, troubleshoot and maintain both. This course will also build on the students existing software skills and apply them to the networking and systems environment. Following from this the students will then be able to migrate these systems to the cloud if required.

Please note: This programme is funded for eligible applicants via Springboard+.

Indicative Modules (subject to validation):

  • Networking (5 credits) - This module covers the building blocks of networks, including LAN transmission protocols & switches.
  • Operating System Administration and Management (10 credits) - Covers administration & management of server operating systems in Linux and Windows environments.
  • Network Protocols (5 credits) - The main protocols considered in this module include IP, UDP, TCP, DHCP, DNS, SMTP, Telnet and SSH.
  • Programmable Networks (10 credits) - This module will cover the latest technologies and practices used in Software Defined Networking.
  • Management & Security (5 credits) - Builds an understanding of network management protocols, applications & practices.
  • Virtualization (5 credits) - Learn to plan, design and automate the provision of a virtualised solutions.
  • Infrastructure Services (5 credits) - Introduces the main infrastructure services in use in a computer network - load balancing & security.
  • Cloud Technologies (5 credits) - This module will cover Cloud Terminology, Technologies and Cloud Providers.
  • Routing and Switching (10 credits) - Understand key networking technologies & be ability to configure/support LAN & WAN.
  • Work Portfolio (15 credits) - Learners demonstrate their work experience through a portfolio /complete an industry-focused project.

The Higher Diploma in Science in Networking and Systems culminates in a 15-credit Applied Industry Project module, which will give students the opportunity to integrate system administration and network administration skills learnt in an applied setting – either in the student's current employment setting (if appropriate), through a work placement or via an applied industry-relevant project.

Students' analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities will be forged in the identification of an appropriate project proposal framed to solve a specific industry problem and capable of adding value to an organisation. Their investigative, research and project management abilities will be applied in the analysis, design, implementation, deployment, testing, management and communication of their identified solution. The focus on building core technical & analytical skills and an ability to work independently applying advanced techniques and specialist knowledge in a real-world setting, means students will develop independent thinking and work-ready skills.

This Higher Diploma in Science in Networking and Systems (full-time) will run over 1 year, with online delivery over 3 days per week. Delivery will consist of a combination of online classes running Tuesday to Thursday (daytime and evenings), and will involve a blend of "live" synchronous classes supported by additional asynchronous contact hours (videos/practical tasks), to be completed within the same week but at a time of the student’s choosing.

Any End-of-semester final exams will take place onsite in DkIT, and participants will be required to attend.

Please note the Higher Diploma in Science in Networking and Systems is also being offer in part-time mode, with delivery online 2-evenings per week, funded through Springboard.

On the successful completion of this Higher Diploma, students who obtain Second Class Honours, or higher, will be eligible to be considered for entry to an MSc in Computing programme (taught or research). 

The following are eligible to apply for courses in 2022/23 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all requirements, e.g. academic requirements):

  • Returners: May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.
  • People in employment: May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.
  • The unemployed or formerly self-employed: All courses are open to these categories of applicants
  • Recent Graduates: One-year full-time and two-year part-time ICT Skills Conversion courses are open to recent graduates. However, to participate in an NFQ Level 9 (Post-Graduate) course, 2020 graduates will be required to pay 10% of the course fee (€527.10).

For more information of fees and eligibility criteria, please visit the Springboard+ Website. You may also contact Dr Tim McCormac for more information about Fees for this programme:

DkIT Graduate Office
Unit 13, Regional Development Centre

E. graduatestudies@dkit.ie

T. +353 (0)429370458

The standard minimum entry requirements for admission to the Higher Diploma in Science in Networking and Systems are:

  • A level 8 STEM (or cognisant areas) or higher; OR
  • A level 8 non-STEM qualification or higher with relevant experience in the IT sector.
  • Level 7 in computing with at least two years of relevant experience in IT.

Where appropriate applicants will be invited for an interview, and applicants will be advised in advance of the interview criteria.


Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but have significant relevant experience may apply to access this programme under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. This allows for the recognition of both formal and informal learning, non-accredited personal, professional education and work-based learning.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Dundalk Institute of Technology recognises that knowledge, skills and competencies can be acquired from a range of learning experiences, including formal, non-formal and informal. This is in line with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) goals, which aim to recognise all learning achievements by supporting the development of alternative pathways to qualifications (or awards) and by facilitating the recognition of prior learning. The RPL policy applies to the admission process for a programme and to module exemptions.

Dr. Fiona Lawless (Head of Department of Computing Science & Mathematics, DkIT)
Phone: +353 42 9370283
Email: fiona.lawless@dkit.ie

Dr Philip McGuinness (Department of Computing Science & Mathematics, DkIT)
Email: philip.mcguinness@dkit.ie

Course ID n/a
Course Type Springboard, Postgraduate
Study Mode Full-Time
Level 8
Duration 1 Year
Fees €527.10
Starting Date January 2023
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Computing Science and Mathematics
Credits 75
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Apply to Springboard
Delivery Method Blended

How to Apply

You can enrol online for this course today via Springboard+ by clicking the button below and following the instructions to apply. Application deadline 31st December 2022.

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For further enquiries, please contact graduatestudies@dkit.ie