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  • » Higher Diploma in Arts in Financial Services Technologies (IT Conversion Course)

     Programme Title  Higher Diploma in Arts in Financial Services Technologies
     (IT Conversion Course)
     CAO Code  Add-on programme. Not available via CAO
     LYIT internal code  LY_BAFST_G
     Duration  1 Year, Post Honours Degree
     Standard Code Places:  18
     National Framework Level  8
     Award Type  Major
     Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this the course for you?
    The Higher Diploma in Financial Services Technologies is a one-year conversion programme in technologies which are central to the financial services sector. The programme which aims to meet the needs of financial software companies was developed in collaboration with a number of key employers from the financial services industry in the region.
    The Higher Diploma develops a very employable skills set in mainframe business systems and quality testing for the financial services sector with a strong emphasis in systems development using the business language COBOL. The programme also adds a complementary future-orientated skills-set in client server business systems development, including database-driven and mobile platforms. A key feature has been the very successful employment record of graduates from the programme. The end of programme work placement makes a large contribution to significantly enhancing the employment skills of graduates.
    H Dip Financial Services Technologies
    Student Testimonials
    Richard Hastings: I found the Higher Diploma in Financial Services Technologies course to be comprehensive and interesting. The course enabled me to get a job as a systems tester in Pramerica Systems in Letterkenny. I have found the course as a whole very rewarding and the lecturers involved to be helpful and flexible. I would have no hesitation in recommending the course to anyone who is interested in getting a job in Pramerica or AllState or any financial services company.
    Lisa Hogan: I would highly recommend the Higher Diploma in Financial Services Technologies course. I came from a non-computing background with no prior knowledge in this area but the course structure and lecturers involved allowed for this. The course was well structured and the lecturers extremely helpful. The Higher Diploma in Financial Services Technologies course provides excellent career opportunities and has helped me secure a permanent position as an Application Programmer at General Motors in Limerick.
    Conor Carlin: Overall, I was very pleased with the course. I came with no software development or testing experience and the considerable knowledge that I gained from the course has helped me attain a permanent position as a software tester in Pramerica Systems Ireland Limited. I believe the course was very well structured for those with no prior knowledge. I found all lecturers extremely helpful and flexible to our learning needs. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone that had an interest in working in the software/financial services area.
    Shane McMenamin: I graduated in May 2008 and walked straight into the job. The material we covered on the course, including the presentation skills training was very relevant from day one in the job. Michael Carey our Course lecturer was heavily involved with us as students and really helped us to understand the course – he was brilliant.
    Felicia OkorojoiIn September 2011 Felicia Okorojoi started the Higher Diploma in Financial Services Technologies. The course included an internship in Pramerica and Felicia graduated in 2012. There was a seamless transition from study to work for Felicia. She finished her exams on a Friday and started work the following Monday. Within two months she was offered a permanent job. Felicia is now a Graduate Tester in the Quality Assurance department of Pramerica working on a Corporate Human Resources project.
    The programme is offered in full-time and in part-time modes on two days/evenings per week.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Minimum requirement for entry to the Higher Diploma will be a Primary Degree (Level 8) or an equivalent qualification from any discipine.  Applicants without an honours degree but with relevant experience may also be eligible to apply.
    What will I study?
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     5/9  Mainframe Development 1  Mandatory  10  4
     Quality – Development Requirements & Testing  Mandatory  5  2
     Client Server Databases  Mandatory  5  2
     Financial Planning & Insurance Services  Mandatory  10  1
     5/10  Mainframe Development 2  Mandatory  10  4
     Quality – Process Improvement & Test Automation  Mandatory  5  2
     Mobile Applications  Mandatory  5  2
     Teamwork  Mandatory  5  2
     Work Based Learning  Mandatory  5  39
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this course the graduate will be able to:
    • Critically evaluate the key issues and business processes involved in the financial and insurance services sector domestically and internationally.
    • Program extensively using the business language COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language).
    • Adapt the use of mainframe utilities and their effectiveness within the COBOL programming environment, and apply the relevant tools, templates and interactive development environments to business processes.
    • Maintain, develop and test software using recognized development approaches familiar to the financial services environment.
    • Evaluate the benefits both to the employee and the organisation of the proper implementation of control systems, policies and work practices, familiar to the financial services environment.
    • Critically examine the area of client server database systems and implement a business orientated smart mobile application using a client model.
    • Critically appraise personal strengths and weaknesses, and develop people skills and team working pertinent to work practices within the financial services technology sector.
    Follow-on courses
    Progression to level 9 Programmes at LYIT other Institutes of Technology or Universities in Ireland or abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Significant employment opportunities exist for graduates locally, nationally and internationally.  Graduates from this programme find employment in large organisations throughout the country.  The programme was originally developed by LYIT to meet the needs of financial software companies and was developed in collaboration with a number of key employers from the financial services industry in the region.  More recent graduates have found work in a variety of sectors.  Work placement is a key feature of the programme with students having the opportunity to work in Allstate and Pramerica and more recently in General Motors in Limerick and the banks in Dublin.  Michael Carey, Lecturer on the programme notes that “the course has gone from strength to strength continuously adapting to meet the needs of industry which is one of the reasons for its highly successful employment rates of our graduates”.  The class of 2015/2016 have just recently been very successful in the IBM Master the Mainframe Competition which was open to UK and Ireland students.  According to James Flynn, IBM Ireland, “Letterkenny Institute of Technology has an impressive track record in educating mainframe technologies, with 200 students, dating back to 2005, co-operating with a number of companies including IBM. Today’s mainframes are growing in popularity and require a new generation of mainframe experts….These skills are highly sought after by large scale customers within the Finance and other industry sectors”.
    This course begins in September each year and is currently recruiting for the 17th of May. Late applications may be accepted up to 6th September, however preference will be given to those submitted before 17th May. Apply: Postgraduate Programmes Application Form
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  • » Master of Arts in Accounting

    Programme Title  Master of Arts in Accounting
    CAO Code  Add-on programme. Not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  LY_BACCT_M
    Duration  1 Year
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  9
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    The MA in Accounting is a focused twelve-month programme that develops the analytical capacity of participants to deal with advanced and complex Accounting issues. It has been designed specifically to meet the needs of honours graduates in Business/Commerce who have taken major accounting specialisms in their undergraduate studies. It allows graduates to combine study for a Masters/PG Dip with study for professional examinations in an educationally effective way.
    All the participants on the programme will have come from similar backgrounds and it is therefore possible to include both professional and conceptual material on the programme. This is the ideal preparation for a career in accountancy. This highly innovative Professional Masters was introduced in 2004 and is proving both popular and successful. It was developed in close collaboration with the Professional Accounting Bodies and attracts generous exemptions.
    Recently, Nicola Davy, a Masters in Accounting student at LYIT, achieved an impressive first in Ireland and ninth in the world in the professional accountancy exams (ACCA) on Governance, Risk and Ethics. Paul McDevitt, Programme Lecturer, commented, "I would like to congratulate Nicola on her outstanding result. The Masters in Accounting is extremely well regarded by the industry and realises significant exemptions from the Professional Accounting Bodies. In one year students are accelerated towards their end goal of qualifying as a practicing accountant. Due to the success of the course we're seeing a lot of interest from accountancy students, like Nicola, from all over Ireland."
    MA Acc photo1 Ronan O’Loughlin, Director of Education & Training, Chartered Accountants Ireland recently commented on the programme saying, “Despite the challenging economic times, demand for good graduates in accounting and finance remains strong. Chartered Accountants Ireland recognises the contribution of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology programmes to the North West region as a way to attract and develop the necessary skills for graduates and Masters candidates who later pursue professional accountancy qualifications. The approved Masters programme at LYIT, in particular, is one of only 10 approved programmes aimed at providing candidates with full exemption from our penultimate professional examinations. The staff and facilities and LYIT are a key element in ensuring your success.”
    Photo: Ronan O’Loughlin, Director of Education & Training, Chartered Accountants Ireland pictured with LYIT MA in Accounting students and programme lecturers Paul McDevitt, Susan McGrory, Deirdre McClay and Anne Burke  
    MA Accounting Course Brochure 2016_17
    Key Features
    • Generous exemptions from ACCA, CPA & CAI
    • Proven track record with Professional exams
    • 2 month industry placement
    • Excellent employment record including the “Big 4”
    • Offered Full-time or Part-time
    • Leading national and international best practice speakers
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    The minimum entry requirement is a level 8 honours degree in accounting OR business studies/commerce (specialising in accounting), minimum 2.2.
    What will I study?*
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits
     Winter  Tax Practice  Mandatory  10
     Audit Practice  Mandatory  10
     Performance Measurement  Mandatory  5
     Research Methods  Mandatory  5
     Academic Writing  Elective  5
     Spring  Advanced Finance  Mandatory  5
     Integrated Case Study  Mandatory  5
     Advanced Financial Accounting  Mandatory  10
     Corporate Governance  Mandatory  5
     IT Applications for the Professional Accountant  Mandatory  5
     Work Based Learning Research Project  Elective  15
     Research Dissertation  Elective  15
    Learning Outcomes
    Holders of this award will be able to integrate knowledge, handle complexity and formulate judgements at the forefront of the field of Accounting.
    • A strong technical understanding of contemporary Accounting issues.
    • Knowledge of the role of Accounting information in planning and control.
    • The ability to articulate personal judgements about the nature of Accounting theory and practice.
    • The ability to conduct independent research.
    Accounting Body Exemptions
    ACCACAI*CIMACPA
     F1 - Account in Business  CAP2: Auditing & Assurance MA Accounting graduates will be able to join CIMA through an accelerated route which will grant them 11 exemptions from CIMA’s certificate, operational and management level exams once they have passed the CIMA master’s gateway assessment. LYIT’s undergraduate Bachelor of Business Hons in Accounting provides learners with full exemptions from Formation 1 & 2 and Professional 1. 
    The Masters and PGDip programmes help learners prepare for the finals of CPA.
     F2 - Management Accounts  CAP2: Strategic Finance &
    Management Accounting 
     F3 - Financial Accounts  CAP2: Financial Reporting
     F4 - Corporate & Business Law  CAP2: Taxation II
     F6 - Taxation LYIT’s undergraduate Bachelor of Business in Accounting provides learners with full exemptions from CAP1
     F7 - Financial Reporting
     F8 - Audit & Assurance
    *CAI exemtions apply to the MA in Accounting only and not the PGDip in Accounting
    Testimonials
    NICOLA DAVY, MA, ACCA: Increasingly you need a master's degree to compete for jobs and the Masters at LYIT has a great reputation.  I really enjoyed studying at LYIT, its top class - the lecturers know their stuff and are excellent mentors too.   My recent ACCA results have given me great confidence to get the final exams completed, by then I'm hoping the economy will be better to secure an accountancy position in Ireland."
    PAMELA KELLY MA, CPA: “I’ve always held the ambition of becoming an Accountant and I have been able to realise that dream as a result of the excellent support and education offered at LYIT. I completed the course part time over two years, which meant I could work and study at the same time. I found that the level of education offered on the Masters programme formed a great basis in preparation for the professional exams.”
    SANDRA LONG, BA, MA, ACCA: “Having come from the University of Ulster Magee Campus with a First Class Honours Degree in Business and Accounting I was a little apprehensive about starting the Masters, but I need not have worried as the lecturers were very supportive and helpful as were my fellow students. The class sizes are small enough that you can get to grips with the finer details and quiz the lecturer if required. The Masters provided me with the necessary skills and knowledge as a prerequisite to studying for the final level ACCA exams.  I found the Masters both challenging and rewarding, especially as I was awarded a First when I graduated. I would recommend the course at LYIT to anyone.”
    Martin McLaughlin MA ACA: “On completion of the MA in Accounting, I obtained the maximum
    Exemptions from the Chartered Accountants of Ireland which allowed me direct entrance to the Final Admittance Examinations. I found the knowledge obtained in Taxation, Audit, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Business Finance helped me to develop my career in practice and in completing my CAI final examinations at the first attempt. I also believe the quality of the education obtained in LYIT was instrumental in me becoming a part time Taxation lecturer for the IATI. The Masters of Arts in Accountancy in LYIT has given me a great platform to develop my career in accountancy and I would not hesitate to recommend the course to anyone who wishes to pursue a career in all aspects of accountancy.”
    Cost
    The Programme commences in September each year and the fee for the Masters in Accounting is currently €5,000. The fee for Non-Eu students is €9,000.
    Tax relief is available on fees paid – up to €5,000 at the standard rate
    You may be eligible for a grant, subject to means test – please contact your local grant awarding authority. If you qualified for a grant as an undergraduate then you may qualify again – this is subject to the grant regulations which are not administered by LYIT.  You can find relevant information at http://www.studentfinance.ie/
    Mature students (over 23 years) who are long term unemployed may also receive subvention – at the time of writing there were some schemes in place, you would need to contact your local welfare officer.
    Application Procedure
    This course begins in September each year.
    Download the application form here: Postgraduate Programmes Application Form
    The closing date for applications is 7th September 2016.
    Some applicants may be called to interview.
    Offers will be made before 20th June.
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  • » Master of Science in Marketing Practice

    Programme Title  Master of Science in Marketing Practice
    CAO Code  Add-on programme. Not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  LY_BMARK_M
    Duration  1 Year
    Standard Code Places:  15
    National Framework Level  9
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    The MSc in Marketing Practice is a focused twelve-month full time programme that develops graduates into professional marketing practitioners.  The aim of this programme is to significantly contribute to the marketing expertise and professional development of graduates, and ultimately make ‘best practice’ contributions to business development in the field of marketing.
    Industry placement forms an integral part of the programme, enhancing the use of specialist knowledge in practice and recognising the reciprocal relationship between marketing theory, professional practice and research.
    A new feature to this year’s programme is thea fresh focus on ‘Digital Marketing’ and ‘Business Analytics’ modules to reflect current trends in the business environment.  These modules complement the industry placements and other marketing modules.
    mark_m“Marketing is one of the most important activities a business engages in as it directly impacts profitability. This programme seeks to develop marketing and entrepreneurial talent; it’s about real business on the inside and out.  In today’s tough environment, the work placement is not only a key selling point for the graduates but also for local businesses. It’s a win-win situation, students face real business challenges to test themselves and business get some additional marketing expertise to help them”, James Kearns, Programme Lecturer.
    Photo: Students from the MSc Class of 2015.
    MSc Marketing Practice Course Brochure 2016_17
    Key Features
    • New focus on Digital Marketing and Analytics
    • Industry Placement
    • Excellent track record of graduate employment in marketing positions
    • Small class sizes, facilitating a learner centered approach
    • Exposure to Leading National & International practitioners
    • Excellent academic delivery & tailored support
    • Hands on projects
    • Focus on reflective learning
    • Access to an extensive range of marketing and marketing related materials
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Level 8 Degree in Business Studies, minimum of Second Class Honours, Grade 2 or equivalent (with a minimum of 30 credits in marketing/ marketing related modules).
    What will I study?

    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits
     Semester 1  Driving Marketing in SME's  Mandatory  10
     Managing the Innovation Process  Mandatory  5
     Digital Marketing**NEW**  Mandatory  10
     Research Methods   Mandatory  5
     Academic Writing  Elective  5
     Semester 2  Applied Strategic Business Planning  Mandatory  10
     Managing Sales  Mandatory  10
     Business Analytics **NEW**  Mandatory  5
     Work Placement  Mandatory  5
     Dissertation  Mandatory  15
    Learning Outcomes
    Holders of this award will be able to integrate knowledge, handle complexity and formulate judgements at the forefront of the field of Marketing.
    Graduates will be able to:
    • Apply their problem solving and analytical skills consistently in a business context
    • Formulate product/market strategies and frame organisational growth opportunities
    • Demonstrate strategic marketing thinking and creative ability along with originality in complex problem situations
    • Make sound judgements based on market information and communicate these effectively to a range of stakeholders
    • Operate effectively in a variety of team roles and demonstrate self direction when completing and implementing projects
    • Take responsibility for career and professional development
    • Plan and conduct a piece of primary research and write a Dissertation.
    Industry Placement
    The MSc in Marketing Practice provides a real opportunity for graduates to grow their employment and career prospects. The Work Placement not only exposes the graduate to real-life marketing challenges but also provides an opportunity to embed best practice marketing techniques in local organisations.
    Previous placement companies include; Arena 7, Donegal Creameries, Earagail Arts Festival, Errigal Fish, Fáilte Ireland, Irish Pressings, Letterkenny Hospital, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, McElhinney’s of Ballybofey, Safetech, Solis Lough Eske Castle, Storm PM among many others.
    Testimonials
    “In the past we never considered a marketing person within the company until the chance arose with LYIT.  The MSc course allowed us the opportunity by employing a marketing executive and to assess the contribution marketing and a marketing professional could bring to the organisation. The success of this opportunity can be judged on the fact that five years later we still have the LYIT graduate employed on a full time basis! The professionalism and foresight a marketer can bring to a company should not be underestimated and we at Arena7 are glad we chose an LYIT graduate.”
    Enda Nicholls, Owner Arena 7 Entertainment Complex
    “Taking part in the MSc in Marketing Practice gave me the opportunity to implement the entrepreneurial skills that I had built on throughout the year in the form of a 12 week placement in the award winning software start-up company Farmflo. The company were impressed with the skill set and knowledge that I had acquired through the program and offered me the opportunity to become a permanent member of the team in the role of marketing executive. I initially anticipated that I may have had to seek work further afield but the networks between LYIT and industry, nationally and globally, meant that I could continue to build around my marketing experience in an innovative environment.​”
    Lisha O’Kane, 2015 Graduate
    “The combination of workshops/lectures, group assignments and local work placement made the delivery of this programme varied and interesting. This, along with the small class size, and close relationships with the lecturers made an ideal learning environment. Apart from the recognised qualification awarded at the end of the course, the MSc in Marketing Practice helps to develop an individual’s overall personality and confidence”.
    Leanne Fullerton, Marketing Manager, The Red Door Country House
    “Having attained my marketing credentials in LYIT in 2006 I continue to enjoy the high esteem in which they are held. The close-knit class structure, lecturer accessibility and case studies I encountered provided both a fantastic theoretical and practical platform to build upon. For the past 5 years I have worked in the GAA organisation. I sit on the association's Commercial & Marketing Management team and work across a wide spectrum of marketing disciplines including branding, licensing and marketing communications. More specifically, I have managed numerous national & local TV, radio, online and print marketing campaigns. Every day brings a new but exciting challenge that leaves me to appreciate the engaging work I am doing in a sector that I love. Moreover, I appreciate the grounding I received in LYIT to prepare me for such a position.”
    Noel Quinn, GAA
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    Photo: Vicky O’Rourke, Marketing Lecturer, pictured alongside Richard O'Connor, Cruickshanks and MSc in Marketing Practice students
      
    Cost
    The Programme commences in September each year and the fee for the Masters of Science in Marketing Practice is currently €5,000. The fee for Non-Eu students is €9,000.
    Tax relief is available on fees paid – up to €5,000 at the standard rate
    You may be eligible for a grant, subject to means test – please contact your local grant awarding authority. If you qualified for a grant as an undergraduate then you may qualify again – this is subject to the grant regulations which are not administered by LYIT.  You can find relevant information at http://www.studentfinance.ie/
    Mature students (over 23 years) who are long term unemployed may also receive subvention – at the time of writing there were some schemes in place, you would need to contact your local welfare officer.
    Postgraduate Scholarship
    Pushing Boundaries is LYIT’s Full-time Postgraduate Taught Masters Programme Scholarship.  This year LYIT is offering up to 30 MSc or MA Scholarships to the value of €2,000.  You can apply for the Scholarship using the Postgraduate Programmes Application Form. 
    Note: This scholarship has been designed for those students who are in receipt of no other form of financial assistance to study from a grant awarding body. It is also only available to EU Students.
    Application Procedure
    The closing date for applications is 7th September 2016.
    Some applicants may be called to interview.
    Download the application form here: Postgraduate Programmes Application Form
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

  • » Master of Science in Innovation Management with Applied Research

    Programme Title  Master of Science in Innovation Management with Applied Research
    CAO Code  
    LYIT internal code  
    Duration  16 months
    Standard Code Places:  10
    National Framework Level  9
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this the course for you?
    The MSc in Innovation Management with Applied Research is a level nine, 16 month taught, Masters degree programme. This programme is aimed at graduates from any discipline who would like to translate their academic knowledge into practical experience while completing a substantial internship with a dynamic company.
    Learners will acquire new trans-disciplinary skills that are associated with innovation and will be guided through the innovation management process. This new Masters programme aims to develop the next generation of innovative thinkers and practitioners.
    Learners are required to plan and conduct an applied research project during their six month internship (work placement), which will see them proactively troubleshoot and solve original technical problems. This ‘live’ project is linked to academic skills gained during undergraduate studies and allows the practical application of academic principles in real world settings.
    What will I study?
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     5/9  Managing the Innovation Process Mandatory  5  2
     Managing Change Mandatory  5  2 day block delivery
     Business Enterprise Mandatory  10  4
     Applied Research Methods Mandatory  10  4
     5/10  Driving Innovation Mandatory  10  3 day block delivery
     Applied Research Internship Mandatory  30  24 weeks full-time
     6/11  Dissertation Mandatory  20  1
    Key Features
    • Six month internship
    • Hands-on real life project
    • Best practice seminar series
    • Experiential learning
    • Focus on reflective learning
    • Mentor support throughout internship
    The duration of the programme is 16 months, Learners undertake five taught modules, a major business development project and a dissertation. The following skill sets are specifically developed: innovation management, people & change skills, enterprise & commercial acumen, and research skills.  The learning approach of the programme has been particularly designed to accommodate industry needs as the assessment and learning ethos focuses on taking action in the workplace. The programme is structured in 3 phases; pre internship, internship and post internship. The 1st semester is targeted at further refining the graduate’s skills and preparing for the internship and associated research project. This preparatory semester  is key to ensuring that graduates get off to a good start from day one of the internship in semester 2 , and can ‘hit the ground running’ with an informed body of work/research to start.
    The programme provides an opportunity for learners to apply skills and gain experience in the workplace.  Learners will spend 24 weeks, full time, as an intern (January/Febuary – June/July).  The internship challenges the individual orientation of learners. During this time learners have the opportunity to gain an insight into the wider aspects of managing an innovative research project, working in multidisciplinary teams, shaping culture for innovation and facilitating creativity. This internship will to grow participant’s career prospects in the labour market.
    Internships
    Project:Description:The minimum entry requirement for all projects is an Honours Degree in a non-business discipline
     Project No. 1 Develop and promote new technologies targeted at existing customer base Science / Engineering / Computing graduate with a strong analytical mind-set; an entrepreneurial interest in technology and online sales / marketing techniques
     Project No. 2 Identification and development of innovative data capture mechanisms for plant machinery and processes Mechanical / Electronic Engineering Graduate; Essential: Knowledge of SCADA, CPU/ PLC Manufacturing. Desirable: Knowledge of QlikView, Data mining techniques
     Project No. 3 Product development for new range of seafood based products focusing on areas including market analysis, packaging and process layout 3rd level degree in Food Science, Catering or Food Technology; creative with strong commercial skills
     Project No. 4 Business process reengineering: Rethink and redesign the workflows and business processes in LCP to reduce costs and consider how IT can be further integrated to achieve cost savings Information Systems or Manufacturing Engineering graduate; analytical and problem solving skills, knowledge of SAP preferable
     Project No. 5 Develop and manage a Mobile Technology project through its lifecycle of market research-development-launch-sales-support. Computer Science Graduate (C#, SQL, Javascript, Cloud hosted applications); understanding of software development techniques and tools
     Project No. 6 Identify and apply optimal training methods for lemurs to facilitate process improvement Zoology/ Animal related field graduate; knowledge of animal behaviour and experience of animal training
     Project No. 7 Review and reduce waste streams across the business Environmental Science graduate; Desirable: Knowledge of dairy manufacturing market
     Project No. 8 Recipe calculations and labelling for product development Food Technology or Food Science Graduate; Essential - Numerical and analytical skills, Desirable - Interest in food labelling in a diet/lifestyle context
     Project No. 9 Further development of proprietary software to enhance user functionality and user visual experience Skills- Computer Science/ programming graduate (C++, VB, VB.Net, Database applications); Commercial appreciation, web development an advantage
     Project No. 10 Research and development of price comparison mobile application for the footwear industry. Computer science graduate (.net/ java/ css/ Java script/ HTML 5), commercial/ retail awareness preferable
     Project No. 11 Research and development of data collation and data mining techniques for the retailer, evaluation of benefits of cutting edge technologies currently available for retail sector Information systems graduate, interest in CRM, data mining and the retail sector, analytical skills and business acumen preferable.
    Minimum entry requirements
    Minimum: Honours degree holders from any non-business discipline with significant science, technology or engineering elements
    Desirable : 2.1 Honours Degree & above
    Cost
    The Programme commences in September each year and the fee for the Masters  in Innovation Management with Applied Research is currently €5,000. The fee for Non-Eu students is €9,000.
    Application Procedure
    Please click here to download the IMAR Postgraduate Application Form (remember to list the internship(s) you wish to apply for on your application).
    The closing date for applications is 28th August 2015.
    Interviews will take place on September 1st. Offers are subject to available internship.
    This course begins on September 15th.
    Click here to download the MSC in Innovation Management with Applied Research Brochure
    Follow-on courses
    Further advanced level 9 (Masters) and level 10 studies (Doctoral) are other Higher Education Institutions
    Career opportunities
    This new Masters programme is aimed at developing graduates into the next generation of innovative thinkers and practitioners in their respective fields of applied research, with an advanced set of innovation competencies and 6 months’ work experience.
    This combination ultimately produces a very desirable mix of employment skills for firms in relevant industry sectors. The internship is particularly designed to grow a participant’s career prospects in the relevant labour market.
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  • » Master of Arts in Motion Graphics

    Programme Title  Master of Arts in Motion Graphics
    CAO Code  Add-on programme, not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  DMOTG
    Duration  1 year full time, 2 years part-time
    Standard Code Places:  15
    National Framework Level  9
    Award Type Major
    Awarding Body LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    The development of motion graphics has posed unique challenges to the modern graphic designer. Acquisition of new skills such as sound design, cinematography and animation are now needed together with an understanding of how best to utilise them in order to enhance communication.
    Connections between the student’s area of study and contextual, historical and professional issues will be emphasised. Semester 1 will focus on developing the advanced skills, theory and techniques that will allow them to negotiate an individual major communication project linked to a final thesis in Semester 2.
    This programme should be of interest to graduates from design related subjects such as graphic design, visual communication, animation and digital media.
    The programme can be completed in either 1 calendar year full-time, or 2 calendar years as a part-time course.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Applicants must have attained a 2nd class honours or higher at honours degree level (Level 8) in graphic design or a related area.
    An interview with portfolio will be offered to shortlisted candidates. The portfolio should display evidence of drawing, design, visual research and creativity.
    What will I study?
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesNo of credits Class hours per weekPart-time
     1  Type, Image, Motion 1 10 6 year 1
     Collaborateive Design Thinking 5 3 year 1
    Major Design Project - Research & Development 10 6 year 2
    Academic Writing 5 1 year 2
     2 Type, Image, Motion 2 15 6 year 1
    Major Design Project Production 15 6 year 2
    Thesis 15 1 year 2
    Learning Outcomes
    Students who have successfully completed this programme will have:
    • A systematic command on creative motion graphic theory, concepts and methods undepinned by an advanced comprehension of historical contexts and trends
    • Demonstrated an advanced critical approach to motion graphics and proposed new creative insights into motion graphics work.
    • Shown a creative mastery of motion graphics in creating a comprehensive portfolio of original work that demonstrates professional knowledge and engagement reinforced by a critical awareness of the interdisciplinarity and diversity that constitutes motion graphic design
    • Selected from complex and advanced skills in the creative design and mediation of motion graphics work and developed new skills, including novel and emerging techniques.
    • Worked effectively in a creative production environment adapting to the varied needs of clients, the public, and fellow professionals in the demanding but often ill-defined contexts of the motion graphics professional.
    • Justified and defended creative motion graphic work giving reference to the historical and cultural framework of motion graphics and current developments and debates in motion graphic practise.
    • Demonstrated an advanced level of scholarship, self-direction and originality in defining and enacting motion graphic problems and solutions.
    • Scrutinised, reflected and will aspire to influence cultural and ethical norms.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression is possible to Research Masters and Doctoral Programmes in Institutes and Universities within Ireland and abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Motion Graphic Designers will find opportunities within graphic design, multimedia, web design, broadcast television, film, advertising, arts and corporate communications. Graphic designers who wish to pursue a traditional print career will also find their employability enhanced with this MA.
    Cost
    The Programme commences in September each year and the fee for the Master of Arts in Motion Graphics is currently €5,000. The fee for Non-Eu students is €9,000.
    Tax relief is available on fees paid – up to €5,000 at the standard rate
    You may be eligible for a grant, subject to means test – please contact your local grant awarding authority. If you qualified for a grant as an undergraduate then you may qualify again – this is subject to the grant regulations which are not administered by LYIT. You can find relevant information at Student Finance
    Mature students (over 23 years) who are long term unemployed may also receive subvention – at the time of writing there were some schemes in place, you would need to contact your local welfare officer.
    This course begins in September each year. Apply: Postgraduate Programmes Application Form
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

  • » Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Conversion course into Computing)

    Programme Title  Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Conversion course into Computing)
    CAO Code  
    LYIT internal code  LY_KCOMP_G
    Duration  9 months
    Standard Code Places:  24 (We are now taking applicants for the 2017 intake.)
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    This is a level 8 honours-degree-equivalent conversion-style Higher Diploma in Computing designed to take graduates in non-computing fields and cross-skill them to allow them to begin a career in the computing industry.
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Letterkenny Institute of Technology has obtained approval to run a level 8 honours-degree-equivalent conversion-style Higher Diploma in Computing. The objective of the course is to take graduates in non-computing fields and augment their skills and knowledge in readiness to begin a career in the computing industry. It is designed to ensure that graduates are given both a base for continuing self-development and a set of skills which are transferable to the broader computing industry. These skill sets are reinforced with a strong emphasis on teamwork. The main aim of the course is to produce graduates with the required theoretical and hands-on skills to allow them to work and participate effectively in a commercial IT environment. For testimonials from former students of the course follow this link.
    For more information on converting to an IT career with an IT conversion course follow this link.
    For some general information about why you might consider a career in computing: Careers Evenings and Computers.
    If you would like more information about computer programming (OO Programming) click on What is Computer Programming?
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    All applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements of:
    • a level 8 honors degree or equivalent in a non-computing discipline or
    • a level 7 ordinary degree with at least 3 years post-graduate experience which is relevant to their degree and is in a non-computing discipline are eligible to apply by Direct Entry to Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
    Apply: Postgraduate Programmes Application Form.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Software Design Mandatory  10  5
     Database Technology Mandatory  10  5
     Computer Systems Mandatory  10  5
     1/2  Software Development & Testing Mandatory  10  5
     Software Engineering & Quality Assurance Mandatory  10  5
     Internet Applications Development Elective 1  10  5
     Database Administration Elective 1  10  6
     1/3 Certificate in Industry Studies
    Elective  15  
    Note: Student must take one of the two options from “Elective 1”, either Internet Applications Development or Database Administration.
    Note: Certificate in Industry Studies is an elective additional placement module which students may take at the end of the taught part of the course for a minor-award of a “Certificate in Industry Studies”. LYIT may facilitate students in finding this placement but is not responsible for finding the placement. All placements must be approved by LYIT. Certain approved types of Civic Engagement activities may also be suitable for attaining this additional award.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this programme the graduate will be able to:
    • Analyse and evaluate information and based on that information be able to formulate and appraise solutions;
    • Make decisions and justify those decisions in relation to the task;
    • Draw on ‘best practice’ in their decision making process;
    • Design and development of computer systems;
    • Plan and organise work and interact effectively as part of a team;
    • Develop and formalise original ideas using a range of tools;
    • Demonstrate proficiency in a range of specialist computing skills required for working in a commercial computing environment.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to programs leading to Masters Degree (taught or by research) or a Doctoral Degree (by research), is available internally at LYIT or through a range of other institutes of technology and universities in Ireland and abroad. Progression internationally to some second cycle (e.g. ‘Bologna Masters’) degree programs is possible.
    Career Opportunities
    Currently employment prospects for computing graduates remains healthy. The most recent reports on employment in the Irish economy commissioned since the beginning of the current economic down-turn continue to point to the strength of the IT sector in Ireland and abroad and the positive opportunities for employment in the sector. IT Services continue to be one of the growth areas in the Irish economy with growth in IT Services exports continuing to grow throughout the past year.
    During the past decade, Ireland has gained increasing recognition as Europe’s premier location for software development. Since the 1980s, most leading US software vendors, including Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Facebook and Symantec, have based their European operations centres in Ireland. The country has also become the number one site for software development in Europe. All the big players such as Microsoft, Google, EBay, Symantec and Amazon are now based in Ireland.
    Alongside the big international players Ireland also has a thriving software development industry that has been created in Ireland by Irish computer graduates. It comprises of over 600 companies, about 250 of which have significant levels of overseas sales. Ireland has now overtaken the USA as the biggest exporter of software in the world. 60% of all software sold in Europe originates in Ireland.
    For independent information on employment and salaries in the IT industry see the following report which covers 2010-2011: Jobs and Salaries in IT. For the latest update on employment in the IT Sector see 2,500 Unfilled Jobs in Irish Tech Sector.
    For articles which you might find helpful see:
    Almost half employment permits issued to IT sector
    Computer scientists snapped up for jobs while arts graduates struggle
    Demand for IT staff up almost a third as Irish employers look beyond EU to fill roles
    CAO countdown: Tech graduates in demand amid skills shortage
    Donegal Leaving Cert students should consider computer science courses, says HEA
    Leap in numbers of graduates getting work straight out of college
    Financial Support for Students Taking This Course.
    Applicants may be eligible for a SUSI maintenance grant or the Back to Education Allowance, subject to the usual conditions and you may apply to SUSI for a grant to pay your fees also subject to the usual conditions. You may find the guide on studentfinance.ie useful in helping you work out whether you are eligible for financial support under the Back to Education Allowance scheme.
    If you are unsure if you qualify for financial support feel free to contact LYIT or SUSI for further information.
     If you are applying through Springboard you will get the relevant Springboard financial information on: www.springboardcourses.ie
    To see what’s going on in the Department of Computing check out our Facebook Page and our Twitter Feed @LYITComputing
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304
    Non-European Applicants
    Applications from non-EU applicants are very welcome.  Please contact Jill Murphy at jill.murphy@lyit.ie for details about application forms, fees, visas etc.

  • » Master of Science in Computing in Systems & Software Security

    Programme Title  Master of Science in Computing in Systems & Software Security
    CAO Code  
    LYIT internal code  LY_KSSCT_M
    Duration  1 year full-time or 2 to 3 years part-time
    Standard Code Places:  12 (We are now taking part-time and full-time applicants for the 2017 intake).
    National Framework Level  9
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Course for You?  
    The MSc is a three semester taught programme in computing which focuses on topics applicable to Systems and Software Security. These are followed by a dissertation which will offer the student the opportunity to apply a range of topics covered in the taught part of the programme to demonstrate an extended knowledge and ability in that area. The dissertation will normally be completed over one to two additional semester’s.
    From an industry point of view, this programme was developed in partnership with the IT industry in the north-west and with Pramerica in particular. The objective of developing the course is to ensure a supply of highly-skilled and experienced graduates for key employers locally and throughout Ireland. The existence of the course and the placement reflects the commitment of employers to this field of expertise. Graduates from this course can expect to find attractive employment opportunities locally and nationally.
    For testimonials from students of the course follow this link.
    Note: Students may chose to leave the course after the first 60 credits (taught modules) and will obtain an exit-award of a Post-graduate Diploma in Computing in Systems and Software Security. Students who continue on to complete the dissertation will obtain an MSc in Computing in Systems and Software Security.
    The course will be available to applicants who meet the following entry criteria:
    • An Honours Degree in Computing with first or second-class honours or an equivalent qualification.
    • A level-8 conversion style Higher Diploma in Computing with Merit 2 or higher. The course should have included a significant programming component, preferably an OO language such as Java.
    • Non-computing graduates with first or second-class honours who have completed a significant element of computing as part of their studies, including a significant element of IT including operating systems, data communications and programming will also be considered.
    Admission to this course will be by standard LYIT application procedure for alevel 9 course.
    Apply: Postgraduate Programmes Application Form
    What will I study?
    Full-time mode
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     5/9  Secure Infrastructure Mandatory  15  5
     Secure Programming Environments Mandatory  10  5
     5/10  Security Threats & Countermeasures Mandatory  10  5
     Computer Security & Cryptography Mandatory  15  5
     5/11  Placement Mandatory  10  
     6/12  Dissertation Mandatory  15  
    Part-time mode
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     5/9  Secure Infrastructure Mandatory  15  5
     5/10  Security Threats & Countermeasures Mandatory  10  5
     6/11  Secure Programming Environments Mandatory  10  5
     6/12  Computer Security and Cryptography
    Mandatory  15  5
     6/13  Placement Mandatory  10  
     7/13  Dissertation Mandatory  15  
    Learning Outcomes 
    On completion of the course the graduate will be able to:
    • Appraise discipline expertise in computing principles and concepts and of secure coding and infrastructure in particular.
    • Critically analyse and evaluate a wide range of computing related technologies and their application with emphasis on secure technologies.
    • Evaluate, synthesize, defend and discuss research,  development and application of computing technologies  in a structured, reasoned and coherent way
    • Evaluate the application of computing technologies in its economic, legal, social and ethical context.
    • Work effectively as an autonomous individual or as part of a team.
    Follow-on Courses
    Progression to programmes leading to a Doctoral Degree (by research), are available internally at LYIT or through a range of other Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland and abroad.
    Progression internationally to some second cycle (e.g. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes.
    Cost
    The Programme commences in September each year and the fee for the Master of Science in Computing in Systems & Software Security is currently €5,000. The fee for Non-Eu students is €9,000. Full-time students who are not in receipt of a grant to assist with their fees may apply for one of a limited number of bursaries to reduce their fees to €3000. Bursaries are awarded on a competitive basis.
    Financial Support for Students Applying for this Courses.
    There is no universal system of State-funded tuition fees or maintenance grants for postgraduate courses in Ireland however you may also find the guide on studentfinance.ie useful. Click on the “maintenance grants” link to find the guide which will help you work out whether you may be eligible for financial support. Some graduates may also be eligible to get a grant to cover their fees or may be able to get help with their fees through LYIT’s bursary program. If you are unsure if you qualify for financial support feel free to contact LYIT or SUSI for further information.
    Career Opportunities
    Worldwide there are about 1.5 million people working as computer security professionals and employment in this area is growing at approximately 9% per year and industry projections are that this rate of growth will continue or improve in the future.
    Typical employers in the computer security field include:
    • Companies running enterprise computer networks;
    • The payment card industry;
    • Companies involved in e-commerce;
    • Financial services companies;
    • Academic institutions;
    • Government departments;
    • Internet service providers.
    Each of these service providers have distinct security needs which require different solutions to meet their needs.
    Thus graduates in this field require specialist knowledge of the differing security needs of different types of businesses, the primary technical solutions available to meet these needs, the primary methods of attack on computer systems, how to plan for such attacks both in terms of defense and damage control, how to detect intruders and how to gather evidence to identify the intruders, track their actions and present evidence detailing their activities.
    For more detailed information on Careers in Systems and Software Security  
    For articles from 2013/14 which you might find helpful see:
    Demand for Cyber Security Jobs Is Soaring
    Year of living dangerously – security breaches and scams of 2013
    93pc of firms worldwide plan to beef up IT security measures
    Top Tech Jobs 2015 – Cybersecurity
    To see what’s going on in the Department of Computing check out our Facebook Page
    Non-EU/EEA Applicants
    The tuition and registration fees for this course are €9000, no additional scholarships are available.
    The start date is September of each year.
    English EILTS 5.5 is required
      Applicants require:
    • An undergraduate honours degree in computing or an equivalent qualification. 
    • OR
    • In certain circumstances an honours degree in a different discipline plus at least 5 years industry experience in computing may be considered on a case by case basis.  The quality of your computing experience will be a significant factor in determining your eligibility.
    Please note: “The Irish Government has agreed to extend the Third Level Graduate Scheme, for non-EU/EEA students at level 9 and above of the National Framework of Qualifications. The new permission will double the ‘stay back option’ for masters and PhD students from 12 months to 24 months. This will allow eligible graduates who have studied in Irish higher education institutions and whose award is granted by a recognised Irish awarding body at Masters or PhD level to remain in Ireland for two years to seek employment. http://www.educationinireland.com/en/News/Ireland-24-Month-Stay-Back-Option-.html
    For further information on the application process, visas etc. please contact Jill Murphy in the International Office (jill.murphy@lyit.ie)
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304
    Non-European Applicants
    Applications from non-EU applicants are very welcome.  Please contact Jill Murphy at jill.murphy@lyit.ie for details about application forms, fees, visas etc.