UCD is strong in the ICT sector courses
According to UCD's Professor Julie Berndsen, the opportunities in the ICT sector are strong and there is considerable activity among technology entrepreneurs in Ireland.
"The pace of change in today's world brings IT graduates with industry experience from all over Ireland to UCD to fill gaps in their knowledge and bring their expertise up to date. We have designed the Graduate Certificate in Information & Communications Technology with these graduates in mind. The University Certificate in ICT is ideal for non-IT graduates interested in moving in to this area."
These qualifications offer students considerable flexibility, as they will work with personal academic advisers to devise their own programme to meet their career plans. Among the modules on offer are the highly sought-after Java programming and cloud computing.
According to Dr Eleni Mangina, course director, UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics, in contrast with the current economic climate, the school cannot meet employers' demand for skilled graduates in ICT.
Similarly, the biopharmaceutical and pharmachemical sectors are growing industries in the Irish economy.
UCD's Graduate Certificate in Biopharmaceutical and Pharmachemical Sciences is aimed at graduates from life sciences, chemistry or engineering. With their adviser, students can choose from subjects including chemistry, stem cell research, drug development, bioinformatics, regulatory affairs or bioprocessing.
All 'Springboard' students at UCD will take the 'Future Fit' module, which provides training in areas such as career planning, 'soft skills', and job-seeking techniques.
"We have also added a Springboard induction, called College Knowledge, in response to feedback from students who took part in our previous Labour Market Activation programmes in order to help them prepare for the course and maximise their studies," Anna Kelly, UCD Director of Access added.
- University/Graduate Certificate in Information & Communications Technology (Level 8/9)
- Graduate Certificate in Biopharmaceutical and Pharmachemical Sciences (Level 9)