Course Description

Higher Diploma in Science 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.



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.



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



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CollegeDublin Business School (DBS)
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 2
Course CategoryData Analytics, IT & Computers
Course QualificationHigher Diploma
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsHigher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics
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