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What is HCI?

HCI Funded Postgraduate Courses 

What is HCI funding?

Announced as part of Budget 2019, the primary objective of the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1 is to enable the higher education system to respond to changes in both skills requirements and technology. 

Upcoming Courses - January 2023

Course Title
Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Data Analytics for Sustainable Agri-Food Production (now Sep '23 start)
Higher Diploma in Science in Networking and Systems (Jan'23 start)
Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Data Analytics
Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Data Analytics for Business (Jan '23 start)

HCI Pillar 1 is a government education fund and will run from 2020 - 2023. It is aimed at upskilling and reskilling graduates with postgraduate, industry relevant skills for emerging technologies. HCI Pillar 1 postgraduate programmes will provide between 90% and 100% funding support to upskill for future job prosperity.

Who is it for?

These HCI postgraduate conversion programmes are aimed at recent level 8 graduates, employed professionals, those returning to education and unemployed applicants who have been in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for at least 9 months prior to application.

How much are the fees?

These postgraduate programmes are heavily subsidised and offer a minimum of 90% HCI funding for all successful applicants.

Why complete a postgraduate programme?

  • Upskill for career progression and future job prosperity
  • Gain a recognised, professional qualification
  • Programmes developed in collaboration with industry
  • Avail of substantial funding support

How will programmes be delivered?

The majority of these programmes are delivered in a 'blended format' ie. a mix of online and classroom delivery. Blended Learning programmes can have between 20% and 80% of the content delivered online with the remaining involving either lectures / practical / tutorials delivered at DkIT.

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