Higher Diploma in Science in Software Development (Cloud Application Development)

Higher Diploma in Science Higher Diploma in Science in Software Development (Cloud Application Development)

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

Cloud Computing is considered a relatively new field in Internet computing where novel perspectives in inter-networking technologies have emerged. To successfully deal with issues relating to this new paradigm this programme aims to equip graduates with detailed knowledge, and specialist architectural and technical skills required to design and implement cloud based solutions and services. The programme was developed to meet the growing demand for I.T. professionals with a deep understanding of concept and application of Cloud Computing.

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What opportunities might it lead to?

  • Will I get a job afterwards?

The latest edition of the Hays Salary and Recruiting Trends Guide, which surveyed over 1,300 employers and employees across Ireland shows that in 2015 alone then demand for IT skills grew by 15% and there simply isn’t a sufficient pool of indigenous talent to meet this demand. This skills shortage has become increasingly acute as more and more tech companies expand their operations in Ireland.

  • Does it pay well?

Predicted starting salary is €35k - €45k. The typical salary for an experienced Software Architect is €100K

  • Great opportunities to travel

Software engineering is a global industry

For example, one west of Ireland based company offers students placement opportunities in California

  • Want to design your own business application?

At the age of 23, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was the youngest billionaire in the world !

Course Details

Course Duration:
1 Year
Course Award:
Higher Diploma in Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Electronics & Informatics
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Applicants should have an existing Level 8 qualification in a non-cognate discipline or a Level 7 qualification in a cognate discipline (e.g. software, computing).

This course is offered subject to funding from Springboard.


Norrie O’Callaghan, Admission Office, Tel: 090646 8130

Siobhan Kelly, Admission Office, Tel: 090 646 8131

e-mail: admissions@ait.ie

Alan Duffy

Programme Academic Admissions Liaison

Tel: 0868265672

e-mail: aduffy@ait.ie

Course Structure

Year 1

Semester 1

Object Oriented Programming 1, Agile Design and Testing 1, Databases, Team Project 1, Networks and Cloud Architecture Project

Semester 2

Object Oriented Programming 2, Agile Design and Testing 2,

Web Technologies, Team Project 2.

Semester 3


Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

This course provides students with the skills and expertise in Software Engineering including web and cloud application technologies. Possible employers include the following companies: Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Ericsson, IBM, Oracle, Intel, HP, AIB, SolanoTech, TerminalFour, Riverdeep and Sun.

Further Study

As a graduate of this course, you are eligible to transfer to the Master of Science in Software Engineering at AIT or other appropriate Level 9 programmes.

Master of Science in Software Engineering

Masters of Science

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