Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics | Part-Time

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility and Fees
  • Next Steps
  • Apply


Postgrad Skills Provision | DBSHigher Diploma in Data Analytics

Overview

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.

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.

 



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

     




Structure

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




Eligibility

People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses on the Postgraduate Skills Provision 2020/2021 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements):

Recent Graduates

(Level 8 qualification holders 2020 Graduates) Please note that under the Postgraduate Skills Provision Initiative, 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants.

The fees for the part-time Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics is €7,250, of which you pay 10% = €725

Note: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your programme.

People in Employment / Previously Self-Employed

Please note that under the Postgraduate Skills Provision 2020/2021 Initiative, 90% of the fees are funded by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.

The fees for the part-time Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics is €7,250, of which you pay 10% = €725

Note: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your programme.

Returners

Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection but who have been out of the work environment due to childcare or other caring obligations. Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.

PUP payment

People in receipt of PUP or a jobseekers payment can participate on approved  July Stimulus part time postgraduate courses only. These will be 100% funded for these participants.

 

Further Information

Applications are currently being accepted.  Due to the limited number of places available, early application is recommended. Please submit your application via the Apply button on the selected course page

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office directly on (01) 4177500 or by email to admissions@dbs.ie
 
*Eligibility and entry requirements apply.



 

 Next Steps


Apply via our online application form.





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  • Funded* Postgraduate Skills Provision
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  • Information Technology
  • Funded* Postgraduate Skills Provision

Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2020

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Awarding Body | QQI
Duration:
1 Academic Year
Study Mode: 
Part-time: 2 evenings per week and Saturdays
Course Commencement Date:
December 2020
Award Level: 
Level 8 NFQ
Award Type: Major
ECTS Credits: 
60



Contact

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2021. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 8:45am to 5:15pm