Part-time course
Diploma in Data Science (Springboard+)

Diploma in Data Science Course Overview

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The Diploma in Data Science is designed for learners seeking to develop their knowledge, skills and competence in the area of Data Science and is available via Springboard+ 2019. This programme has been co-designed with Microsoft Ireland, and the professional programme leads to a Microsoft award. This special purpose programme is designed to produce graduates with the attributes required of junior Data Scientists today and the ability to continue to develop knowledge, skill and competence to remain competitive and employable in an ever-advancing sector. Learners will engage with the opportunity to assimilate knowledge within an industry focused learning environment. This focus is maintained through the use of many practical sessions including labs and workshops. Graduates of this programme should be able to secure professional roles at entry or junior level positions in Data Science, and progress to beyond these roles using skills related to those learned in the programme curriculum.

The programme utilises a carefully designed programme schedule with modules focused on data science topics. The design and development of modules within this programme were informed by significant industry consultation, particularly from Microsoft and its partner network. The programme comprises of classroom and laboratory learning as well as interactive workshops. All of this is carried out within an industry focused environment. Industry-initiated real-world problems will be provided by our industry contacts and used as the context for planning and designing assessment solutions, as well as being an aid for problem-solving sessions. The incorporated learning from all modules aims to ready learners for industry and/or academic development.

The programme aims to provide learners with a progression pathway to professional roles at entry or junior level in Data Science as well as the option to further their education in this area. It also aims to provide graduates with the ability to advance their IT career by attaining a qualification which enables them to secure industry entry-level positions, or further advancement within their current sphere. Students on the programme will be provided with an environment conducive with personal development established through the use of peer learning, mentoring and formative feedback.

In addition, transferable skills that will be developed throughout the programme include: critical analysis, advanced evaluation, self-analysis and personal reflection, problem solving, communication skills, written communication skills, team management and group-work and professionalism.

This is a one year, part time, Diploma programme, with contact hours delivered over evening and weekend schedule slots. This programme has been designed by Microsoft who deem it to be of comparable standard to a level 7 NFQ award, with expert industry participation, and endorsement. The programme aims to accommodate learning about data science fundamentals, key data science tools, and widely used programming languages from industry and academic experts in this unique program created by Microsoft. The Microsoft Professional Certification in Data Science will develop the analytical and programming skills participants need to take advantage of the 1.5 million global career opportunities available now in data science.

  • Digital Transversal Skills
  • Problem Solving and Mathematics for IT
  • Data Queries and Visualisation Basics
  • Statistical Thinking for Data Science and Analytics
  • Using R language to develop solutions
  • Data Science Essentials
  • Principles of Machine Learning

Admission to this programme is through one of the following:

Evidence of prior learning, including experiential learning,


Possession of an NFQ level 5 award, including leaving certificate, FET award, or equivalent.

In addition, all applicants must evidence competence in mathematics equivalent to H5 standard in leaving certificate and competence in the use of IT. Basic computer literacy is not sufficient for this programme.

International applicants whose first language isn’t English must demonstrate a minimum competency in the English
Language of CEFR B2+.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for entry based on prior learning (RPL) or prior experiential learning (RPEL) in line with the College policy. The College will thoroughly assess applications received through RPL and RPEL to ensure that candidates are able to evidence learning to an appropriate standard – normally the framework level equivalent to the direct entry qualification requirement and demonstrate potential to succeed and benefit from the programme.

Those who are in employment/working : 

For eligible applicants who are currently in employment/working 90% of the tuition fees will be covered by the HEA through Springboard+ and the remaining 10% is payable by the student or their employer.

The full fee for this course is €4,975 so for successful applicants who are in employment €497.50 will be payable once you have been offered a place and before you enrol on your Springboard+ course.

Those who are unemployed, formerly self-employed or ‘Returners’: 

This course is free for eligible applicants who are unemployed, formerly self-employed or who are classified by Springboard+ as ‘Returners’ or ‘Homemakers’.

Application for this programme should be made via the Springboard+ courses website.

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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

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