Computer Science - Advanced Software Development
What is... Computer Science (Advanced Software Development)?
The MSc in Computer Science (Advanced Software Development) aims to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to develop the complex software solutions that organizations need to compete in the emerging global digital economy.
The target audience is those with an undergraduate qualification in computer science or software development. Students will study advanced technical modules in programming, design, databases, architecture and web development to acquire the advanced technical skills needed to practice as software developers working on leading edge development projects. In addition students will be equipped with key professional, technical communications skills needed to practice as a professional in the computing industry.
The minimum admission requirements for entry to the MSc programme are a BSc (Honours) in Computer Science or a Computer Engineering programme at level 2.1 or at level 2.2 with at least 2 years of relevant work experience. Applicants with other qualifications at Honours 2.1 level or better and relevant experience may also be considered.
If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this programme should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6.5 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.
Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on academic grades and any work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview.
Specialist Core Modules
Programming Paradigms: Principles & Practice
Web Application Architectures
Secure Systems Development
Critical Skills Core Modules common to all MSc in Computing specialisms
Research Writing & Scientific Literature
Research Methods and Proposal Writing
Geographic Information Systems
Programming for Big Data
Problem Solving, Communication and Innovation
Social Network Analysis
User Experience Design
Speech & Audio Processing
Students can also take specialist core modules from the other MSc streams as option modules, subject to availability and schedules.
Details on the delivery structure and module descriptions are available here
Mode of Study Full Time
Method of Delivery Classroom
For the full-time route, teaching hours will take place Monday to Friday. Attendance in the evening is required for some modules. In general students complete 30 ECTS in Semester 1 (Sept-Jan), 30 in Semester 2 (Feb-May) and 30 in Semester 3 (Sept-Jan) for the dissertation. For those who wish to complete in one calendar year, the dissertation can be taken over the summer months (June-Sept) with approval.
For the part-time route, teaching will be in the evening with classes starting at 18.30. Attendance on Saturdays is required for critical skills modules. Part-time students can progress through the programme at their own pace. The recommended pathway to complete the part-time programme in 2 years requires either attendance for two evenings with Saturdays per week or for three evenings per week in each semester.
Commencement Date 01/09/2020
Location City Centre: Grangegorman
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What are my career opportunities?
Graduates completing the MSc will be qualified to take up strong technical roles in software development teams in a range of organisations. Specific opportunities include: software developer, software engineer, test engineer, software designer, systems analyst, web developer, technical consultant.