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What is HCI?

HCI Funded Postgraduate Courses 

What is HCI funding?

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 - September 2023

Course Title
Postgraduate Diploma in Building Surveying
Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Data Analytics for Business (Jan '24 start)
Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Food Technology & Innovation
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science

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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