Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics

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  • Career Opportunities
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  H.Dip in Data Analytics


The Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics provides the practical knowledge and skills in the area of computing and data science for learners who wish to upskill or reskill in this area. The programme aims to develop learners' knowledge of the theory and practice of Data Analytics necessary for them to secure employment and perform as graduate level ICT /Data Analytical practitioners in a broad range of commercial, industrial and public sector environments. Learners will benefit from theoretical knowledge fundamental to apply advanced analytics in web and business application, predictive modelling, statistics, programming, machine learning, and advanced visualisation to data sets through a variety of tools and techniques in order to generate actionable insights for stakeholders and support strategic decision making.

 The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Develop learner’s criticality in order to analyse industry trends in Big Data.

  • Develop learners who are capable of performing robust, significant reports on the future orientation of the field of data analytics with specific emphasis on the problem domain.

  • Provide learners with a platform to develop the requisite technical and design skills required by industry and to deepen knowledge of statistical analysis and analytical models.

  • Enable learners to implement scalable Big Data applications.

  • Prepare learners to work effectively and collaboratively in the execution of common goals.

  • Provide work opportunities where learners can apply knowledge to a real-world situation.


For full-time students all learners are expected to attend in class in person.
For part-time students this programme is taught on a hybrid basis. This means learners are timetables either in-class or online, in a mix of online and in-class days.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics are:

  • A Level 8 primary undergraduate honours degree with a minimum Pass classification from a recognised third level institution in a non-cognate area and ideally be able to demonstrate mathematical problem solving skills as part of previous programme learning. i.e. maths at Leaving Cert level would suffice.


  • A minimum Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor’s degree in a cognate area such as computer science,technology, networking, information systems, engineering, general science, mathematics, statistics, data science.


  • Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification and who have at least 3 years’ work experience may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures. Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case - by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.


Teaching and Assessment

This variety of learning approaches noted above can be offered including face-to-face, live online, recorded online, and directed e-learning. The experiential and practical nature of the programme is reflected in the most common learning approach in the program being lab-based lecturers and tutorials, together with classroom-based lecturers and tutorials.
Assessment will reflect the applied nature of the programme and will include a combination of ‘take-home’ assignments, skills-based assessments, practical lab tasks, projects, demonstrations and presentations in addition to conventional examinations.


Student Testimonials

"I chose DBS for the social and networking opportunities. I chose the Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics programme for better career opportunities. The bonding with DBS teachers and the friendly and competetive environment in the classroom are the things I enjoyed the most!

The lectures were always lively and interesting. The DBS team is very friendly, active and helpful. Having a study environment like DBS helps to keep yourself on track, motivated and develop your personal skills.

I would recommend DBS to others. Along with their well planned academic curriculum and team of staff and lecturers DBS also has many societies and trainings which allows you to master yourself and clear the doubts of holding yourself back.       

My career prospects have improved and the understanding about the DA market is better. My career goal is to be a Senior Data Analyst at one of the top IT tech giants. I plan to upgrade my work experience in line with my DBS qualification. The course allowed me to take Internship as well as ICT project this allows me gain in depth knowledge and to applied skills learnt at DBS."

Vivian Quadros
Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics






Course Content

The Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics has the following content:

  • Statistics for Data Analytics

  • Programming for Data Analytics

  • Databases and Business Applications

  • Platforms for Data Analytics

  • Big Data Managing and Processing

  • Data and Network Mining

  • Applied Data Analytics

  • Data Visualisation & Communications

  • Advanced Analytics & Web Application

  • Project



The Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics is a one year full-time or two years part-time programme.

Semester one lays the groundwork for the programme and encompasses mostly foundational modules that focus on providing a solid and comprehensive understanding of the relevant concepts, a proficiency in the use of programming for data analytics and Statistics for Data Analytics and Databases and Business Application.

Semester two builds on this by covering advanced modules in which the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the first semester can be employed. Semester two also comprises an elective module of project or placement module, which focuses on applied skills.

Career Opportunities

 A number of Government Strategies and individual Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGSFN) reports states that the field of Data Analytics will generate 18,000 extra jobs between 2013-2020 in various ICT sectors including Software, Data Analytics, Financial Services, Distribution. Data Analysts are in strong demand from industry; those who are successful in completing the course are highly employable in fields as diverse as healthcare, finance and insurance, as well as cloud computing.

Roles types that may be suitable for graduates include:

  • Senior Data Analyst

  • Data Engineering and Analytics

  • Financial Analyst

  • Power BI Data Analyst

  • Consulting: Data Analyst

  • Lead Business Analyst


Please email [email protected] for course fees for the Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics.

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EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 

• Academic Transcripts (Original & Official English Translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation. 

• Proof of Identification (Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport) 

• Detailed Curriculum Vitae 

• Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English 

Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

• A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport 

• The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation.

International Students/ Non EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 

• Academic documents   

• Academic transcripts  

• Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)  

• A Curriculum Vitae  

• A copy of your passport 


Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned. Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us  if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.

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Course overview

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
1 Academic Year
Study Mode: 
Award Level: 
Level 8 NFQ
Award Type: Major
ECTS Credits: 
Next Intake:
September 2024

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