The Postgraduate Diploma in Design Innovation for Workplace 4.0 is an exciting new programme at Maynooth University that will prepare graduates to design, implement and validate creative solutions to problems in the emerging digitally connected workplace; Workplace 4.0. This is a one-year full-time conversion course for students who have completed a Level 8 degree (minimum 2:1) in any subject, such as in the Arts & Humanities. Prospective students who do not have a level 8 qualification, but have the equivalent in professional experience, may be eligible under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) route.
Students on this programme will learn the innovation techniques of design thinking combined with big data analytics, and will cover foundational tools for computational thinking and problem solving in areas such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Immersing students in workplace and strategic challenges, these skills will be developed through module work, team projects and collaboration with industry.
Additionally, a module in Employability for Workplace 4.0 will support students to shape their career paths and develop important connections with alumni and regional and national enterprises.
For further information on course content, visit our Postgraduate Diploma in Design Innovation for Workplace 4.0 programme page.
This programme won't open for applications on the Springboard Courses website until May 2021, but you can use this form to let us know if you would like to receive further information about the programme, and an alert when it opens for applications! You can also apply for a non-funded place on the programme now by clicking here.
To qualify for free or significantly reduced fees for this programme under Human Capital Initiative Pillar One, there are some criteria you would need to meet. Applicants will be asked to provide documents, along with their application, to verify the following:
To meet the academic eligibility criteria for this programme, applicants should have at least a Level 8 degree (minimum 2:1) in any subject, such as in the Arts & Humanities. Prospective students who do not have a level 8 qualification, but have the equivalent in professional experience, may be eligible under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) route. Visit the Recognising Professional Experience web page for further information. Applicants should submit their final transcript and parchment with their application, or an RPEL application form.
You can apply for this programme if you are:
- Unemployed (in receipt of a DEASP payment) - eligible applicants pay no fees
- Previously self-employed - eligible applicants pay no fees if in receipt of DEASP, or 10% of the fee if not
- Returning to the workforce after some period of time; a Returner - eligible applicants pay not fees
- Employed - eligible applicants pay only 10% of the fee
- A recent graduate; can apply for this course directly after completing your undergraduate degree - eligible applicants pay only 10% of the fee
Applicants must hold EU/EEA/Swiss nationality, or similar (refugee status, Stamp 4, etc. - Please visit the Springboard website for further information). Evidence of nationality to provide with your application can include:
- Copy of passport
- Copy of driver’s licence
- Copy of Stamp 4
Unemployed/previously self-employed applicants do not need to provide proof of nationality with their application.
Applicants must have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least 3 of the 5 years preceding their entry to the programme, and be normally resident in Ireland at the time of course commencement. Evidence of residency can include things like:
- Utility bills
- Tax certificates
- Bank statements, etc.
Unemployed/previously self-employed applicants do not need to provide proof of residency with their application.
This Postgraduate Diploma will future-proof graduates with a technical qualification and industry relevant skills to anticipate changes in the modern workplace and inform business strategy and innovations. Graduates of this programme can find careers in technological orientated sectors, such as in manufacturing and the service industry, e.g. in Product R&D and Manufacturing R&D.
This course will suit any future management trainee, and current managers wishing to keep abreast of new technology, and requiring an understanding of the digital workplace.
However, the skills developed over the course of this programme are transferable to many careers and working environments, and are highly sought after in all sectors of the economy.
If you have any questions about this course, don't hesitate to get in touch! You can get in contact with the programme coordinator, Dr Linzi Ryan, by emailing email@example.com.