Maynooth University Department of Computer Science



Award Type and NFQ level : HIGHER DIPLOMA (8)

CAO/PAC code : MHG54

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2018

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The Higher Diploma in Information Technology is a postgraduate conversion course intended for graduates whose primary degrees are not in Computing and Information Technology. On completion of the course participants would be expected to reach a level of competence equivalent to that of 3-year computer science graduates.



Applicants for the course are required to hold a university degree, or its equivalent, in non-computing discipline(s) recognised by the Senate of the University. Applicants who have taken substantial computing units previously may not be admitted and are recommended to apply for the Higher Diploma in Science (Computer Science) MHG58 instead. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

Head of Department

Department of Computer Science


Department of Computer Science

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Computer Science - John McDonald - Maynooth University


Department of Computer Science

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Information Technology and Software Development is one of Ireland’s foremost export sectors driving the smart economy. Most of the leading multinationals have made significant investment in Ireland along with hundreds of other indigenous Irish companies. The industry has a wide range of strengths in insurance and banking applications, telecommunications, e-learning, healthcare and systems software. One of the major needs identified by software companies is for more people with expertise in computing combined with other domain specific knowledge such as a business qualification. This is where a blend of the Higher Diploma in Information Technology with an existing degree qualification can open many job opportunities.

Information Technology is an interesting area of study with a broad educational value that opens many doors. The flexibility of career paths, and the wide range of business, social, medical and artistic areas with which computing interacts can make it particularly attractive to women.

Online application only

PAC Code

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.


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