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This page provides answers to perspective student's frequently asked questions. Useful information for currently enrolled students can be found under Current Students> Students. For any other questions, please contact us directly.

Is this a part-time programme?

Yes, all classes take place in the evening, from 18:30 to 21:30 in DIT Kevin St.

How much does the programme cost?

Fees for a whole stage are €2,820 per year. Fees can be paid in a single payment at the start of the academic year or they can be split in two with the first payment due at the start of the first semester and the second payment would be due at the start of semester 2. Please note, no exam results can be released until a student has paid all of their fees for the acadmeic year. Individual modules cost €470 (except 5 credit modules at stage 4, which cost €230. Students do not necessarily have to take all modules for a single stage in a single academic year. Therefore it is possible to spread a stage out if necessary for time or monetary reasons. The fees for this programme are the same for both EU and non EU students. All fees listed here are for the 2017/2018 academic year - these are subject to change for future academic years.

When can I join the programme?

New students are admitted to the programme each September. Applications are invited from January.

Students wishing to take individual modules as short courses without registering for the programme can take these modules in September of January - depending on when the module is offered.

How can I join the programme?

Follow the application instructions.

Am I entitled to exemptions?

All students may apply for exemptions based on prior certified learning. Exemptions are considered by the Admissions and Exemptions Committee, which will inform the applicant when a decision is made. The onus is on the student to submit comprehesive documentation to support their request for the exemption. Documentation such as module descriptors from modules previously completed along with results transcripts from your previous academic institute. This must also be accompanied by the Exemption Request form which can be found in the Downloads section.

How long does it take to complete the programme?

It is possible to complete stages 1, 2 and 3 in three years. Stage 4 takes a minimum of 1.5 years to complete.

You can elect to take the programme at your own pace, completing stages over a number of years.

How often do I need to attend?

Lectures are run on three nights per week. There is one additional lab night. No new material will be taught on the lab night, so students who are willing to complete the lab tasks in their own time do not need to attend the lab night. On the lab night, the lab will be supervised by a lecturer qualified to help you with your lab tasks.

Please note that this is not a distance learning programme. Student are expected to attend classes. Materials will not necessarily be made available online.

Where do classes take place?

All lectures take place in the Main Building or Annex Building of DIT Kevin St. Labs take place in the Annex Building in Kevin St.

At what times do classes take place?

Classes take place on weekday evenings between 18:30 and 21:30, with the exception of the Research Practise module at stage 4.

What is the difference between the three awards?

The Higher Certificate is a a Level 6 qualification. Graduates at this level are assumed to have strong technical skills.

The BSc (Ordinary) is a Level 7 qualification. Graduates at this level are assumed to have a critical understanding of the well established principles in a field of study and the application of those principles in different contexts.

The BSc (Honours) is a Level 8 qualification. Graduates at this level are assumed to have a critical understanding of the at the forefront of the field of Information Systems and Information Technology. An honours qualification is normally a prerequisite to admission for postgraduate study (Levels 9 and 10).

Read about the National Framework of Qualifications.

Am I eligible for all three awards?

Students who exit with a Higher Certificate or BSc (Ordinary) must apply for advanced entry if they wish to return to the programme. They will not be allowed to do so immediately.

When must I complete my examinations?

All semester 1 modules are examined in December and January. All semester 2 modules are examined in May. Supplemental examinations take place in August and September. If you are unable to take your examinations in January, May or August, you must apply for a deferral through the examinations office.

When must I submit my project?

The Ordinary Degree Project are submitted in April and the Honours Degree Projects are submitted in January. In certain circumstances students may apply to submit their project in August, but they must complete the project without supervision over the summer months.

What is the difference between the Ordinary Degree Project and the Honours Degree Project?

The Ordinary Degree Project is primarily technical and requires the student to produce a working software artefact.

The Honours Degree Project requires substantial background research and reflection on the part of the student. The additional modules at stage 4 broaden the scope of possible topic areas and the reflective nature of the analysis.

What books should I purchase?

Your lecturer will inform you about books when the modules begin.

What if I'm finding the course very difficult?

You should let your lecturers know and contact your year mentor and/or the programme chairperson.

How much are fees for the CPD programmes?

Fees for all CPD programmers are based on the number of modules taken. 10 credit modules cost 470 euro while 5 credit modules cost approximately 230 euro. So if you take a 2 10 credit module CPD programme, the fees will be approximately 900 euro for the year. See other FAQ questions for typical module choices for CPD programmes.

How many or what modules are involved in a CPD programme?

The DT249P CPD programmes each draw on modules that are delivered as part of our main DT249 programme. The modules that you take on a CPD are dependent to some extent on your needs as a working professional. The following are the most popular selections:

  • CPD in Computer Programming take 2 10 credit modules - Programming And Algorithms 1 and Programming Paradigms and Data Structures.
  • CPD in Database Systems - Typically take the 10 credit Database Systems module but sometimes also take the Programming and Algorithms 1 module.
  • CPD in Internet Applications Development - Typically take only the 10 credit Internet Applications Development Module.
  • CPD in GIS - Typically take the 5 credit Stage 4 GIS module only. S
Module selection is handled during the registration process if you are accepted onto a programme.

I've heard about or been recommended the pre-degree programmes, where can I get more information?

The Killester College of Further Education on Dublin's Northside, and the Crumlin College of Further Education on Dublin's southside run special pre-degree programmes for DT249. These programmes run two nights a week in the Autumn and Spring and introduce the student to computer programming, web design, math for computing and study skills. Students who graduate the pre-degree programme are guaranteed a place on DT249 (or the DT249P CPD programmes) in 2015-2016.

For more information on registration for the pre-degree programmes please contact Killester College or Crumlin College directly.