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BSc/Diploma in Information SystemsFrequently Asked Questions

Please note this course is no longer accepting applications.




I have a qualification from another institution. Can I join the course at year 2/year 3/year 4?

It is possible to enter at year 2 or year 3 provided your existing qualifications are at least equivalent to the corresponding years of the Trinity College IS Programme (see syllabus). It is not currently possible to enter at year 4. If you wish to enter at year 2 or year 3, please apply for entry as outlined here, stating on the form which year you wish to enter and providing full details of your existing qualifications. Your application will be considered taking this into account.

I have many years work experience in the IT field. Can I join the course at year 2/year 3/year 4?

Work experience alone cannot normally count towards exemptions. However, it is possible to enter at year 2 or 3 if you have suitable existing qualifications and experience. If you wish to enter at year 2 or year 3, please apply for entry as outlined here, stating on the form which year you wish to enter and providing full details of your existing qualifications and experience. Your application will be considered taking this into account. Entry to year 3 is not guaranteed.

I have already passed several modules similar those in the course. Can I be exempted from these modules?

If you do not qualify for exemption from the whole of year 1, it may be possible for you to be exempted from named modules in year 1, provided that you can give evidence of already passing equivalent modules elsewhere. Please apply for entry as described above and this will be taken into account when your application is considered.

I don't have a transcript or certificate for my existing qualifications. Can I apply anyway?

If you are applying for entry to year 1, and you are 23 years of age or over, you will be regarded as a mature student, and so no formal qualifications are required. However, if you wish to enter at year 2 or 3, you will need to provide documentary evidence of your relevant qualifications as outlined here.

I have missed several weeks/months of the course, but I have enough experience to pick up what I have missed. Can I join the course late?

Except in exceptional cases, it is not possible to join the course after it has started. There is a significant technical content and continuous assessment in the course, which can be difficult to catch up with, so it is usually not advisable to join the course other than at the beginning of the academic year in September.

Can I transfer in from another Trinity College course?

This would depend on the course in question and its content. You should contact us giving full details and the level at which you wish to join the course.

I'm currently enrolled in the Diploma IS course. What do I need to do to make sure I get enrolled in the BSc next year?

All students who have passed the Diploma in IS will automatically be transferred to the BSc (Hons) in IS. You do not need to apply, and should receive registration details from the Admissions Office.

I have previously studied in this course (or a precursor). Can I rejoin the course?

This is usually possible, but courses change over time, so each application is evaluated on its merits.

I am a graduate of Trinity College. Do I have to provide a copy of result transcripts for my TCD qualification and Leaving Cert results with my application?

No, these will already be on your College record, but you should give full details of these qualifications on your application form.

I wish to take one or modules of this course without registering. Is that possible?

No, you must register officially with Trinity College.

How do I apply? Where can I get an application form from?

Information about how to apply is given here.

I am not an EU citizen. Can I still apply?

Yes, but non-EU citizens are normally subject to higher fees – see 'Fees' below. Certain non-EU citizens are eligible for EU fees - information about this is given here.

Applying for the course

When is the closing date for applications?

For courses commencing in academic year 2015/16, the due date for applications is 31st July 2015.

Is it ok if I apply after the due date?

Yes, applications will be considered after the due date - provided that places are still available.

The course starts next week. Is there still time to apply?

If places are available, applications can usually be processed up to the commencement of the course.

Has my application been received/accepted? I attended for interview but have not received a letter of offer yet. What should I do?

Contact us and you will be told the status of your application.

How quickly can you tell me whether my application has been accepted?

The time to process an application can vary, but we aim to give an informal confirmation within 3-4 weeks.

Will I need to attend for interview?

This is at the discretion of the Programme Director, based on your application details.


Are my leaving cert. results good enough to qualify for admission?

If you are 23 years of age or over on January 1st in the year of entry, you will be regarded as a mature student (as most students on the IS programme are) and as such will not be required to meet the University's matriculation requirements. Applications from mature students are assessed on work experience and other formal and informal qualifications.

For non-mature students the minimum requirements for the Diploma are six passes in the Leaving Certificate, or equivalent, with a minimum Grade C3 at ordinary level English and Mathematics. In addition to the aforementioned requirements, relevant work experience will be recognised. See this page for further details.

What level of maths is required for the course?

The course does not include a great deal of mathematics for its own sake, but it assumes you have competence in basic maths such as arithmetic and algebra. We recognise that it may be some time since you studied mathematics, and therefore assistance with basic maths is available for these students who need it.

I do not have an English language certificate, but speak good English. Do I need to provide a certificate?

At present Trinity College's policy is that a certificate (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL) is required if English is not your first language. In certain circumstances an exemption can be granted, but this is by no means guaranteed and may delay your application. Therefore you are advised to obtain a certificate if at all possible, even if you feel that your English is good.

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A Le Bureau d'Admissions exigera probablement de vous de fournir un certificat montrant votre compétence dans l'anglais, et vous pouvez être requis d'assister à une entrevue avec le Directeur de Programme.

Do I need (a lot of) IT experience to do this course?

No, but a willingness to learn is required!

Do I need business experience to do this course?

Yes. We ask for at least two years of work experience. This is because the course is about the business application of information technology, and therefore you need to have some insight into what goes on in business (the definition of 'business' can include any form of enterprise, government, non-profit, small business, etc.)


On what nights are lectures held?

In the academic year just gone, Diploma lectures are between 18.00 and 21.00 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Depending on timetabling restrictions, the days could change in future years.

Please can you advise the timetable for this course?

Please see the answer to the previous question. Final timetabling is not completed until just before the academic year begins.

What level of commitment is required e.g. hours per week?

Classes are usually held for up to 3 hours a night, 4 nights a week. Teaching time is organised into two 11-week terms (semesters) starting in September and January. You should expect to put in substantial additional time for work on assignments, self-study, revision, etc.

I won't be able to attend (many) lectures. Will I still be able to do the course?

This would not be advisable, as lectures and other classes are an intrinsic part of the course.

Can I do this course via distance learning?

No. Although some parts of the course are delivered online or via self-study, the design of the course requires personal attendance for most classes and all examinations.

Is parking available in Trinity?

No, unfortunately.

Course content/syllabus

Is this a highly technical course (e.g. does it involve a lot of programming)?

No. Some programming is covered, so that you will gain basic competence with more than one system development technology, for example. However, the course focuses on the applications and management of technology in business rather than the technology itself.

What is the syllabus?/Is there a course brochure?

Please see syllabus and brochure.

Please can I have a printed brochure?

Yes - contact us and we will send you a brochure.

Please can you send me the reading list?

A reading list will be available at the beginning of term.

Transfer for Diploma Graduates to B.Sc Degree Course

If you are studying for the Diploma in Information Systems and wish to continue to the BSc (Hons) in Information Systems course, you do not need to do anything. You will automatically be transferred to the BSc course and will receive confirmation by post from Trinity College. If you are studying for the Diploma in Information Systems and do not wish to continue to the BSc (Hons) in Information Systems course, please advise the course administrator by email or letter. If you are a graduate of the Diploma in Information Systems course and now wish to enrol in the BSc (Hons) in Information Systems course, please follow the instructions here.