Computer Science - Negotiated Learning

The MSc Computer Science (Negotiated Learning) is a uniquely flexible and innovative programme. It offers a negotiated learning model for students with an ICT background that allows you to customise your learning path and to tailor what you learn to your own specific needs and career aspirations. Module choices include several programming languages, cloud computing, bioinformatics, data mining, machine learning and information visualisation.

Once you are accepted onto the programme we will guide you through a student needs assessment to establish your prior experience, personal knowledge gaps and your career plans. You have the option to select modules with a very specific thematic focus or you may select modules from one of the pre-defined themes covered by the programme.

Course Highlights
Currently, there are approximately 100 module options offered in conjunction with other UCD Schools and Units including Business, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics, Psychology, Law and NovaUCD.

The student has the opportunity to select modules, from a suite of diverse module offerings, that best align with their own individual needs and career goals.
Over 80 Modules to choose from.

Students have the opportunity to negotiate a programme of learning that is tailored to their own career goals and requirements. Instead of there being a rigorous set of modules that each student must take, as is typical in standard taught MSc programmes, students can prefer to broaden their knowledge across a diverse cross-section of modules offered by Schools such as the UCD School of Computer Science, UCD School of Business, UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics and the UCD School of Information and Communication Studies. Students enrolling in this MSc are also provided with the opportunity to work on a specialised research task and/or work as part of a research group as part of this programme.

Internship Opportunities*
All students are offered the opportunity to undertake an internship during the programme. The following internships are examples of past placements: Amazon, SAP, Dell, Ericsson, HubSpot, Geowox, FoodMarble, HealthBeacon, Autodesk, Microsoft, Equifax, Groupon, Workday, Honeywell, Intel, Shutterstock
*Placements are secured through a competitive process and are not guaranteed.

Entry requirements

- This programme is intended for applicants with a Computer Science or ICT background. An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent in computer science or a related area or a minimum of three years’ relevant industrial work experience is required.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

- These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Computer Science (Negotiated Learning) FT (T150)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

MSc Computer Science (Negotiated Learning) PT (T151)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.


MSc Computer Science (T150) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7285
nonEU fee per year - € 25600

MSc Computer Science (T151) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4370
nonEU fee per year - € 12800

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability
Previous graduates are in demand and among their recent career destinations are employers like Google, SAP, Intel, PayPal, Deloitte, Microsoft, Symantec, HMH, Vilicom, Murex, NYSE Technologies, Realex Payments, Version 1, Salesforce, Pfizer, Ericsson, and Intune Networks.

Recent graduates have secured roles in areas including: hardware design, software engineering & QA, data programming & analysis, commercialisation of technology, teaching & training, senior management & CEO roles, security & forensics consultancy, and bioinformatics R&D.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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