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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Information Technology Management

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IT (Information Technology) Management involves the coordination of complex computer systems in organisations including the selection, installation and maintenance of all computing technologies.

This is a critical role in any organisation as the efficient management of IT is vitally important for all aspects of a business. SETU’s BSc. in IT Management provides a unique blend of Business and IT subjects which is viewed by industry as an essential element in the role of a modern IT manager. The course comprises of a significant amount of practical work. The BSc. in IT Management at Level 8 offered as a tertiary programme between SETU and KCETB, will provide learners with a breadth of transferable IT competencies.

Provider Locations and Structure

Year 1: Learners will undertake their studies in College of Further Education and Training Kilkenny

Years 2, 3 & 4: Learners will undertake their studies in SETU (South East Technical University) Carlow Campus.

Course Content – For All Years

Year 1, Semester 1 (Mandatory)

  • Applications and Interpersonal Communications
  • Computer Hardware 1
  • Mathematics 1
  • Networking 1
  • Programming 1

Year 1, Semester 1 (Mandatory)

  • Computer Hardware 2
  • Mathematics 2
  • Networking 2
  • Programming 2
  • Operating Systems

Year 2, Semester 1 (Mandatory)

  • Web Programming and Databases 1
  • Introduction to Data Analytics
  • Systems Administration
  • Networking: Switching and VLAN Concepts
  • Business Management

Year 2, Semester 2 (Mandatory)

  • Web Programming and Databases 2
  • Financial Maths
  • Systems Infrastructure and Security
  • Networking: Wireless and Routing Concepts
  • Project 2

Year 3, Semester 1 (Mandatory)

  • Information Systems
  • Project Management
  • Secure Systems Administration
  • Web and Cloud Applications
  • Networking III

Year 3, Semester 2 (Mandatory)

  • Work Placement
  • Project
  • Approved Semester Abroad

Year 4, Semester 1 (Mandatory)

  • Advanced Database Systems
  • People Management Skills
  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • Networking Systems Management
  • Project (part 1)

Year 4, Semester 2 (Mandatory)

  • Project (part 2)
  • Emerging Technologies for IT Managers
  • Information Systems and Digital Strategy
  • Financial Techniques for IT Managers

Year 4, Semester 2 (Electives)

  • Data Visualisation
  • Data Intensive Applications
  • Linux Infrastructure Engineering
  • UI/UX Design and Development
  • Bias in Computational Systems
  • Cloud Data Centers

Embedded Awards

This tertiary degree is a comprehensive 4 year programme. The programme is designed to support academic success despite challenges that may arise. If a student has to leave the programme before completing the final year, tertiary degrees include embedded awards. Embedded awards formally recognise learning achieved during time in the programme. For this degree, the embedded awards are:

After successfully completing Year 1 NFQ level 6 Certificate in Computing(Component Award) from SETU
After successfully completing Year 2 NFQ level 6 Higher Certificate in Computing from SETU
After successfully completing Year 3 NFQ level 7 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management from SETU

The final NFQ level 8 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Information Technology Management is awarded by SETU.

Planned Intake (Number of Places)

20 places

Entry Requirements and Eligibility

Prospective learners wishing to be accepted onto the programme must meet the following minimum entry criteria: 

  • Leaving Certificate; 
    • 2H5 & 4O6/H7; 
    • English or Irish O6/H7; 
    • Mathematics O6/H7


  • Level 5 major award


  • Other qualifications equivalent to a major award at level 5 on the NFQ

For applicants whose first language is not English, the standard required of applicants is B2 (or equivalent) on Common European Framework of Reference CEFR for languages in writing, reading, listening and speaking. Evidence of achievement of this standard is necessary for entry to the programme.

Applications are welcome from individuals that do not meet the minimum entry requirement who are aged 23 years or over (at date of commencement of programme). Such an applicant will be assessed on their merits, taking into account their life experience, work or community experience, and recognition of prior learning.

Our Unified Tertiary Programmes aim to encourage the participation and success of students from sections of society under-represented in higher education, by offering degree programmes at a local level. In the event of over subscription to the programmes, priority will be given to applicants who most demonstrate local need.

Onward Pathways

The career prospects for this programme are broad with graduates qualified to work across the IT spectrum in any industry sector. Some sample positions include: Business Analyst; Systems Administrator; IT Consultant; Database Administrator; Network Administrator; Web Developer; Deployment Engineer; Data Management Analyst; IT Manager; Project Manager; Self-employed. IT Professional Graduates also have the option to progress to postgraduate studies at either master’s or doctoral level within the gameCORE Research Centre at SETU Carlow or elsewhere. Graduates are also eligible to undertake the MSc in IT Management and the MSc in Data Science.

Special Features (Optional)

Work placements are offered as part of all undergraduate courses with leading national and international companies. Previous placements have been made with Adidas (Germany), Ericsson, Kerry Food, MSD, Intel, Glanbia and Abbott Ireland.

SETU Carlow’s final year industry showcase is attended by leading IT employers.

Contact Details

Sarah Barron
QA Office
Bishop Birch Training Institute
Nuncio Rd
Kilkenny R95 D8HT
087 7045272 

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