Course Overview

Digital transformation has become a key strategic issue for companies as it disrupts competitive environments, value chains, business models and professions. The impact of Big Data on decision-making processes means that managers must rapidly acquire new skills and expertise. The ability to embrace digital transformation and put it to work is becoming ever more important. In a fast-changing marketplace characterised by the drive towards Industry 4.0, digital transformation demands a new way of working, necessitating leaders that are competent in the areas of business, technology and innovation management.

Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand how major frontier technologies work, as well as their business, economic and social impacts.
  • Use critical thinking skills to effectively and efficiently address substantive business problems through the deployment of ICT solutions.
  • Analyse business needs, organisational processes and user requirements. 
  • Develop innovative strategic responses to exploit new digital possibilities.
  • Produce ICT project implementation plans.
  • Manage people-related issues within ICT projects.
  • Align organisational strategic plans and IT strategic plans.
  • Make insightful, data-driven business decisions and assess performance.

Applications and Selections

Application via Springboard Courses website. 


Who Teaches this Course

This programme is taught by staff of the Business Information Systems discipline and colleagues from other disciplines within the School of Business & Economics

Requirements and Assessment

Semester One exams: December.
Semester Two exams: April/May.

A range of assessment methods are applied throughout the programme. These include essays, projects, reports, presentations and case studies.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to degree holders from a university or other recognised degree-awarding body. Applicants should hold an NQAI Level 8 qualification or equivalent; IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2023

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Check Springboard for details.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

The modules on offer for this programme are as follows:

Year Long (Semester 1 & 2)

  • MSxxx Digital Transformation Project (10 ECTS) [core]

Semester 1

  • MS802 Information Systems Strategy and Innovation (5 ECTS)
  • MS804 Systems Development and Project Management (5 ECTS)

Plus any three modules from the following:

  • MS805 Database Systems (5 ECTS)
  • MS806 Business Applications Programming (5 ECTS)
  • MS5104 Decision Theory and Analysis (5 ECTS)
  • MS5107 Business Modelling and Analytics (5 ECTS)
  • MG5113 Business and Society (5 ECTS)
  • SBE3000 Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (5 ECTS)
  • MK5101 Digital Marketing (5 ECTS)
  • AY5123 Accounting and Financial Analysis (5 ECTS)
  • LW383 Information Technology Law (5 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • MSxxx Managing Digital Transformations (5 ECTS)
  • MS807 Information Systems Management (5 ECTS)

Plus any three modules from the following:

  • MS4101 Implementing Digital Innovation (5 ECTS)
  • MS803 Business Data Communications (5 ECTS)
  • MS809 Enterprise Systems (5 ECTS)
  • MS810 Information Systems Security & Ethics (5 ECTS)
  • MS821 Applied Systems Analysis (5 ECTS)
  • MS5106 Data Science and Big Data Analytics (5 ECTS)
  • MS5108 Applied Customer Analytics (5 ECTS)
  • MS5114 Advanced Programming for Business Analytics (5 ECTS)
  • MK5118 Social Marketing and Sustainability (5 ECTS)
  • MG323 International Business (5 ECTS)

Note: As regards the impacts of climate change and its relationship with business and technology, the programme syllabus includes a number of elective modules on topics such as “Business and Society”, “Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility”, and “Social Marketing and Sustainability”.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

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Year 1 (60 Credits)

Optional AY5123: Accounting and Financial Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MG3104: Ethics and Corporate Responsibility - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MK5139: Social Media Marketing Theory - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MS5104: Decision Theory & Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MS5107: Business Modelling and Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MS805: Database Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MS806: Business Applications Programming - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW383: Information Technology Law - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MS5123: Seminars in Cybersecurity - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS5117: Digital Transformation Project - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS873: Management Information Systems I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MS804: Systems Development & Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional RPL030: Recognised Prior Learning - 30 Credits - Semester 1
Optional RPL025: Recognised Prior Learning - 25 Credits - Semester 1
Optional RPL020: Recognised Prior Learning - 20 Credits - Semester 1
Optional RPL015: Recognised Prior Learning - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional RPL010: Recognised Prior Learning - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional RPL005: Recognised Prior Learning - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MG323: International Business - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MG5113: Business & Society - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MK5118: Social Marketing & Sustainability - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS4101: Implementing Digital Innovation - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS5106: Data Science and Big Data Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS5108: Applied Customer Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS5114: Advanced Programming for Business Analytics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS803: Business Data Communications - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS809: Enterprise Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS810: Information Systems Security & Ethics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MS821: Applied Systems Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS802: Information Systems Strategy and Innovation - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MS2101: Managing Digital Transformation - 5 Credits - Semester 2

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Transformation is designed for students who wish to pursue a career as business analysts, consultants, IT project managers, or business analytics/data scientists using the concepts, tools and methodologies of digital transformation to tackle complex business challenges and create value for organisations.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,000 p.a. 2020/21*

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€13,250 p.a. 2020/21

*A 10% course fee contribution (€600) for graduate conversion courses is applicable for employed participants and recent graduates.

The formerly self-employed not in receipt of a DEASP payment must also pay 10%. This is payable directly to the provider.

There are no tuition fees for DEASP customers or Returners but any subsequent costs such as travel, and course materials must be borne by the participant.

For further details see

Find out More

(For information on how to apply, click here.)

Dr Michael Lang
Lecturer in BIS

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Barry O'Brien |   PDip in Digital Transformation Student

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