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Postgraduate Diploma in UX Design




Digital Skillnet invites you to join us for our Postgraduate Diploma in UX Design information session. 


DATE: Thursday 19th May 2022


TIME: 6:30pm



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Applications are now open for September 2022 intake 

About this programme

This postgraduate programme will expand your technical, creative and strategic skills. It will develop the knowledge and expertise to design effective and engaging user experiences.

Our programme participants typically are part of a UX design team, contribute as an expert UX Designer to technology teams, or lead a UX design group.

On this programme you will:
  • Learn how to understand the needs of their users/customers and be able to produce experiences that users would want to use and enjoy using.
  • Develop skills needed to design better interactive digital user experiences, e.g. for web, mobile, tv platforms.
  • Learn how to test existing products and those in development in order to understand the problems users have with them and discover how to improve these experiences.
  • Learn how to work with designers, developers, product managers and others and integrate UX activities into the current business workflow.


Part-funding of fees by the Digital Skillnet will be automatically approved for successful applicants who are:

  • in employment within enterprise
  • in companies based in the Republic of Ireland

Programme Fee per year

Subsidised Fee per year
We will fund 25% of your fees



This is a 2 year programme



Who is this programme for:

  • Leaders of UX design teams for digital products

  • User Centred Designers, User Experience Designers, Service Designers, Digital Designers, UX Designers, and other digital design professionals

  • End user research professionals

  • Front end developers

  • Professionals who are part of digital design/user experience teams from a range of previous disciplines (psychology, graphic design, interaction design, industrial design)

Eligibility Criteria

The course is aimed at those employed in Republic of Ireland registered companies. The minimum entry requirement for standard entrants to the programme is a 2.2 (GPA 2.5 or equivalent), in a Level 8 primary degree

The course will run from late September to May each year with classes taking place two days each month. Early application is recommended to ensure a place on this very popular programme.

On completion of the two-year part-time Postgraduate Diploma, participants can progress to a further year of part-time study to achieve an MSc in User Experience Design.






Daniel Dowling recently completed a Post Grad Diploma in UX Design. Read about Daniel's expierence below.


Daniel DowlingCompleting a Post Grad Diploma in UX Design gave Daniel Dowling the confidence boost and skills he needed to secure work as a UX Designer.

Before starting the course, he had more than 10 years’ experience as a Visual Designer and decided to move into UX design, but after an unsuccessful job interview he realised he needed to retrain.


In 2017, he signed up to a Post Grad Diploma in UX Design in IADT through Digital Skillnet who covered 25% of the course fees.


At the time Daniel was working as a Digital Designer in the marketing department in a company in Kerry. Three-quarters way through the course he landed a job as UX UI Designer with Aspen Grove Solutions.


“The course focused on developing a portfolio and worked closely with industry to see what employers were looking for,” explained Daniel. “It gave me the skillset needed to get into the market and succeed. It was much easier to get a job with the portfolio and knowledge from the course.”


The course included people of many backgrounds, including visual, marketing, HR, product owners, developers and graphic designers. With four children, Daniel wasn’t in a position to take  a year off work to study, the part-time option combined with 25% fees covered by Digital Skillnet was the perfect option.


“There’s a major need for UX Designers and a big gap of skills in the market,” says Daniel. “Most people were working full-time and looking to upskill. The part-time course made it possible to learn while continuing to earn a living.”


Earlier this year, Daniel was promoted to UX UI Design Lead and is now running a team of four. “The course taught me everything I need to know to excel at my job. It covered everything from problem identification, user research, personas, scenarios, user journeys, prototyping and finding pain points to designing solutions. The lecturers were very knowledgeable and helpful and with so many different types of people on the course you really have a chance to learn from each other as well.”


For those looking to work in UX design, Daniel says the Post Grad Diploma in UX Design course will help you with the tools needed to succeed. “It gives you the skillset and portfolio to get you seen and the confidence to know you can succeed in getting a role. Most people from my year got jobs in UX, while others were upskilling to understand the role of UX design better. If you are committed to the course and to succeeding then it’s worth doing. It gave me the confidence to present and show my work and it helped me drive my career forward. For me the course paid for itself within a few weeks of getting a new higher paying job.”




Some of our alumni