Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions specific to a programme it would be best to contact the School which offers the programme directly.
- Do I need a Leaving Cert or any specific qualifications to apply for a part-time programme?
- I want to be certain that I am applying for the right programme. How can I find out more information about programmes I might be interested in? Who should I talk to?
- How do I apply to DIT? What are the deadlines for application?
- What are the fees for programmes?
When and how do I pay?
- What is capitation?
- Is there a fee discount for DIT Graduates?
- What happens after I submit an application?
- What if I have already completed a qualification at another third level institution. Is it possible to start into Year 2 of a programme? How do I find out?
- I have completed some programme work, but not a full qualification. Is there any way to receive an exemption for this rather than repeating what I have already done?
- When do classes start and end? What is the calendar for the year? What are the holidays?
- How may I travel to DIT centres? If I drive, is parking available?
- What is the timetable for class meetings?
- How much time is required for studying outside of the class sessions?
- I've been out of school for a few years - how can I learn some study skills?
- What kind of exams can I expect?
- I will need some financial assistance in order to attend DIT. Where can I find funding?
- I have a disability. Who should I talk to about my needs?
- Will I need a computer? Should I have a computer?
- Is distance learning available through DIT?
- What is the difference between a 'Higher Certificate', 'Ordinary Degree', and 'Honours Degree'? What awards are offered by DIT?
- What is an 'ECTS' Credit? What is a 'level'?
- What services are available to part-time students?
Most part-time programmes have specific entry requirements. Some are related to educational qualifications and others to relevant work experience. Where the term 'or equivalent' appears it means that your educational or work experience should have provided you with sufficient background to be successful on the programme. It is also important to consider the nature of the programme and your ability in mathematics, writing and other academic skills.
If you have questions about the level of academic skills required please call the contact number for that programme on the web site.
2) I want to be certain that I am applying for the right programme. How can I find out more information about programmes I might be interested in? Who should I talk to?
Detailed information about each programme is available on this web site. Click here to browse part-time programmes.
It is best to talk to someone who teaches on the programme if you want further information please see the key contacts page in this booklet.
Some programmes do not require application in advance. Interested applicants should attend the appropriate DIT Campus between 6pm and 8pm during the first week in September for a short interview and those who are accepted can enrol immediately afterwards.
Where prior application is required you can download an application form from our web site or obtain one by emailing email@example.com.
Completed application forms should be sent directly to the Faculty where the programme is offered. Closing dates are included in each programme entry on the web site. It is important to check these dates as they vary from one programme to another.
Fees for each part-time programme are listed in this brochure. Do not send money with the application form. All payments must be made by credit card, laser card or cheque at the time of enrolment. The Finance Act 1996 introduced tax relief for fees paid in respect of approved part-time third-level programmes. The applicable conditions are set out in a booklet published by the Department of Education and Science, 'Financial Support for Further or Higher Education'. A list of approved programmes may be obtained from the Revenue Commissioners.
In addition to the tuition fees set out under each programme entry there is also an annual capitation charge payable at registration.
This charge is used to fund student facilities and amenities and a portion of the charge is used to fund general recurrent expenditure of the Institute. Any residual balances are transferred to the Student Facilities Development Reserve.
In the case of part-time programmes at Dublin Institute of Technology the annual capitation charge is 110 euro for programmes accredited by DIT and 55 euro for programmes not accredited by DIT.
Yes - DIT graduates who join the Graduate Network are entitled to a 25% discount on some part-time programme fees (excluding all postgraduate programmes and research Degrees). A valid membership card must be presented at the time of registration in order to qualify for this discount. To apply for membership of the Network, contact the Graduate Network office on 402-7143 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For applicants to part-time programmes, the School to which you are applying will contact you directly to let you know if your application has been successful. In some cases you may be invited for an interview. Details regarding registration for the part-time programme will be sent to you prior to the September start of programmes.
8) What if I have already completed a qualification at another third level institution. Is it possible to start into Year 2 of a programme? How do I find out?
Applicants who already possess third level qualifications may be eligible for admission to the 2nd or subsequent years of related programmes. Please attach transcripts of previous examination results to your application form or bring them with you when attending interview.
9) I have completed some programme work, but not a full qualification. Is there any way to receive an exemption for this rather than repeating what I have already done?
Decisions on programme exemptions are made by the programme team in the programme for which you are applying. It is best to contact the School or Department offering the programme to determine what you will need to do to request an exemption.
For detailed current calendar information, please click here.
- Classes for part-time students usually begin the fourth week in September.
- Classes end in early May for programmes on a three-term system, and in late May for programmes using a two-semester system.
- Christmas holidays are normally three weeks starting the week of Christmas through the first two weeks in January.
- Easter holidays are normally two weeks, the week before and the week following Easter Sunday.
Because DIT is located in Dublin City centre, the centres are easy to reach by bus, tram or train. Details are included on the map page in this summary. There are no campus parking facilities available at this time. However there is parking on streets adjacent to most DIT centres, and there are also public car parks in the vicinity.
Each programme has a timetable for the various subjects taught on the programme. Part-time programmes generally meet in the evenings from one to four evenings per week. Information is provided for each programme in this prospectus. To find out the specific days and meeting times for your programme, contact the School directly.
It varies from programme to programme, depending on the type of programme. In many programmes it is a good idea to plan for two hours of outside work for each hour in class. During times when projects or assignments are due, the work outside of class would usually be heavier. The programme tutor will normally talk about the expectations for study time outside of class in the early part of the programme.
The Counselling Department offers a programme specifically for Mature Students called 'Unlocking Your Potential as a Mature Student'. This programme is available each autumn to DIT students, and focuses on study skills, time management, personal development, career development and other relevant topics to make the transition into higher education smoother for mature students. For information on the next programme, please contact the Counselling Office (402 3443). In addition, plans are underway at DIT to offer an Access Programme for Mature students that would provide academic skills in advance of application to DIT. Study skills, tips and resources are also available online.
Many programmes have written examinations at the end of the academic year in May (see the DIT academic calendar for exam dates). In addition, some programmes have continuous assessments including group work, reports, and project work. Information about exams and assessments is usually provided to students on the programme at the beginning of the academic year.
Details of financial assistance are in the booklet published by the Department of Education and Science called Financial Support for Further and Higher Education, which is available on their website: http://www.irlgov.ie. Tax relief may be available for fees of approved part-time programmes which have a minimum duration of two years. A list of approved programmes is available from the Revenue Commissioners. In addition, the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs offers the Back to Education Allowance to qualified applicants (unemployed people and lone parents). This allowance is available for full-time and part-time students. After being accepted on a programme, contact the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs for details about application (form EOS 1) for the Back to Education Allowance (01 874 8444).
DIT is an equal opportunity institution and welcomes applications from students with disabilities. You should plan to contact the Disability Liaison Officer well in advance to outline any particular facility or support which you may need for your study at DIT. The Disability Liaison Officer may be reached at 402 7657.
Some programmes require significant work using a computer, and others do not. Computer labs are available throughout DIT for use by students who need computers to complete programme work. Some programmes require highly specialised software which is only available in computer labs. Before making a decision to purchase your own computer, it would be best to attend the programme to find out how you will be using the computer in your programme. Computer skills are an advantage, but are not required for all programmes.
Currently only a few highly specialised programmes are available through distance learning. However, DIT is planning to expand distance learning and online learning in the future. When these programmes become available they will be noted on the DIT website.
20) What is the difference between a 'Higher Certificate', 'Ordinary Degree', and 'Honours Degree'? What awards are offered by DIT?
This information appears in the DIT Assessment Regulations, First Edition, pages 90-94. The following awards are offered by DIT. Please browse the part-time programmes to determine the type of award being offered for the programme you are considering.
A Higher Certificate programme is normally two years full-time duration (or an equivalent part-time duration). Such programmes are expected to have an applied orientation and include suitable relevant aspects of the technology and techniques appropriate to the discipline. The Higher Certificate is awarded for the attainment of a total of 120 ECTS Credits, 60 at Level 1 and 60 at Level 2.
An Ordinary Degree programme is normally of either three years full-time or of one year full-time post-Higher Certificate duration (or equivalent part-time duration). An Ordinary Degree programme reaches a significantly higher level than a Higher Certificate programme, perhaps in a more specialised area of study, entailing a significant input of both theoretical knowledge and project work, especially at the final year stage. The Ordinary Degree is awarded for the attainment of a total of 180 ECTS Credits, 60 at Level 1, 60 at Level 2, and 60 at Level 3.
Honours Degree Awards
A programme leading to a Bachelor or primary Honours Degree award is normally the academic outcome of a four-year full-time programme (or part-time equivalent). Honours Degree-level programmes have a significant conceptual orientation, with learning objectives that develop comprehension, analysis, synthesis, practical application of knowledge, and research methods.
- Bachelor Degree with Honours is awarded for the attainment of a total of 240 ECTS Credits, 60 at Level 1, 60 at Level 2, 60 at Level 3, and 60 at Level 4. This Degree is usually required for entry to Master's Degree programmes.
- Postgraduate Programmes and Awards: A taught Master's Degree level programme is normally of one or one and a half years' full-time study (or part-time equivalent) for holders of honours Bachelors Degrees. It requires the preparation of a dissertation on a project related to the taught content of the programme.
- Postgraduate Certificate is awarded for the attainment of a minimum of 30 ECTS credits at level 5.
- Postgraduate Diploma is awarded for the attainment of a minimum of 60 ECTS credits at level 5.
- Taught Masters Degree is awarded for the attainment of a minimum of 90 ECTS credits at level 5.
'ECTS' stands for European Credit Transfer System. It is the common credit system in place at DIT and in other universities in Ireland and in Europe to assign credits to a programme or module. This information appears in the DIT Assessment Regulations, First Edition.
- Each level corresponds to the equivalent of a full academic year of study. Level 1 is the first academic year of third-level studies, Level 2 is second year, etc.
- Each ECTS credit corresponds to 20 'learning hours' (not all learning hours are hours spent in class sessions). A full academic year of study corresponds to 60 ECTS credits.
The following services are provided for all students, but please check with your location to determine opening hours.
Each DIT centre has its own comprehensive library facility and total collections are at present in excess of 10,000 items. All of the DIT libraries operate a book security system to protect their collections. Part-time students are provided with student cards to enable them to use the library to borrow books and to avail of inter-library loans. Library staff are always available and willing to help students find information. The DIT libraries have evening and Saturday opening hours. For details, please check the library website: http://www.dit.ie/library
Students may avail of photocopying facilities by using a special photocopying card. These cards may be purchased from vending machines in DIT libraries.
Computer facilities are available in each DIT centre. Some centres have computer labs open on evenings and Saturdays. Please check opening hours at each centre.
Hot meals are usually served until 6:30 p.m., and snacks are usually available in the evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in most centres.
Students' Union Shops
Each Centre has a Students' Union shop where students may purchase stationery, confectionery, soft drinks, etc. These shops are conveniently located and remain open until 8:00 p.m. each evening when evening classes are scheduled.
The DIT Counselling Service is a confidential service staffed by a team of Counselling Psychologists with an office in each of the DIT Centres. The Counselling Service aims to help students to identify and solve any difficulties, large and small, that might interfere with academic and personal development. Some of the issues that a student might talk to a counsellor about would include social/personal difficulties, financial worries, or study worries.
However, you don't have to have enormous problems before you talk to a counsellor. In addition to individual counselling, the service offers a variety of workshops and training seminars in such areas as study skills, stress management, and communication skills. Students can make an appointment by telephoning the central office (402 3443) or by making direct local contact with the counsellor.
The chaplains form an integral part of life in the Institute. Their work is primarily one of pastoral care. The Chaplaincy is ecumenical and is directed to all who work in the Institute. One of the principal aims of the Chaplaincy is to encourage the integration of personal, social and spiritual development with academic effort and achievement. The chaplains are easily contacted at their rooms in each Centre. To make an appointment, you may call the central Chaplain's office at 402 3307.