This MSc programme will provide you with the skills required to understand the entrepreneurship and innovation required for the software industry. Many national and multinational companies employ computer science graduates in areas such as software development and engineering, artificial intelligence, systems and networks, database and systems security as well as mobile multimedia, modelling, research and development. You will also get the chance to demonstrate the skills you have learned by completing a substantial research and development project.
Why Choose This Course
The aim of the course is to provide you with the skills required to understand the entrepreneurship and innovation required in the software industry. Check out our blog to find out what our graduates have to say about the course at: http://csblog.ucc.ie
Placement or Study Abroad Information
You are required to complete a research and development project as part of the course. This project can be industry-led or based giving you an ideal opportunity to apply your knowledge to a real-life industrial problem.
Postgraduate Diploma in Computing Science
Students failing to achieve an aggregate of at least 60% across all modules but who achieve a pass in each of the taught modules at their first attempt graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing Science. Students may also opt to exit the programme and graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing Science provided they have achieved a pass in each module.
Candidates must have obtained either:
• an Honours level 8 primary degree (minium 2H1 honours or equivalent) in Computer Science or a closely related discipline OR
• a first Class Honours in a Higher Diploma conversion course, such as the Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology at UCC.
• Candidates from Grandes Écoles Colleges are also eligible to apply if they are studying a cognate discipline in an ENSEA or EFREI Graduate School and are eligible to enter the final year (M2) of their programme.
• Applicants from other suitably qualified candidates, or from those with equivalent technical experience/qualifications, will be considered.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Students must attain 90 credits through a combination of:
• Core Modules (30 credits)
• Elective Modules (30 credits) (15 credits from Group 1 and 15 credits from Group 2 below)
• Dissertation (30 credits)
• CS6403 Case Studies in Computing Entrepreneurship (5 credits) - Dr. John Herbert, Semester 1
• CS6408 Database Technology (5 credits) - Mr. Humphrey Sorensen, Semester 1
• CS6409 Information Storage and Retrieval (5 credits) - Mr. Humphrey Sorensen, Semester 2
• CS6410 Project Development Skills (5 credits) - Dr. Ahmed Zahran, Semester 2
• CS6422 Complex Systems Development (5 credits) - Dr. Klaas-Jan Stol, Semester 1
• CS6423 Scalable Computing for Data Analytics (5 credits) - Prof. Gregory Provan, Semester 2
Elective Modules Group I
• CS6301 Design of Cyber-Physical Systems (5 credits) – Semester 1 (Not running in 19/20)
• CS6311 Mobile Network Protocols (5 credits) - Semester 1 (Not running in 19/20)
• CS6312 Mobile Devices and Systems (5 credits) - Dr. Dan Grigoras, Semester 1
• CS6314 Mobile Applications Design (5 credits) - Dr. Sabin Tabirca, Semester 1
• CS6320 Formal Methods for Distributed Systems (5 credits) - Dr. John Herbert, Semester 1
• CS6321 Model-Based Software Development (5 credits) - Dr. John Herbert, Semester 1
• CS6322 Optimisation (5 credits) - Dr. Steve Prestwich, Semester 1
• CS6326 Applied Computer Simulation and Analysis (5 credits) - Prof. Dirk Pesch, Semester 1
• CS6402 Virtualisation Technologies (5 credits) - Semester 1 (Not running in 19/20)
• CS6420 Topics in Artificial Intelligence (5 credits) - Prof. Barry O'Sullivan, Semester 1
• CS6424 Special topics in Computing Science (5 credits) - Semester 1 (Not running in 19/20)
Elective Modules Group II
• CS6313 Services and Mobile Middleware (5 credits) - Dr. Dan Grigoras, Semester 2
• CS6315 Mobile Systems Security (5 credits) - Dr. Paolo Palmieri, Semester 2
• CS6316 Cellular Network Services (5 credits) - Semester 2 (Not running in 19/20)
• CS6317 Multimedia Technology in Mobile Networks (5 credits) - Dr. Sabin Tabirca, Semester 2
• CS6325 Network Security (5 credits) - Dr. Paolo Palmieri, Semester 2
• CS6327 Internet of Things: Technology and Application (5 credits) - Prof. Dirk Pesch, Semester 2
• CS6405 Data Mining (5 credits) - Alegandro Arbelaez, Semester 2
• CS6421 Deep Learning (5 credits) - Prof. Gregory Provan, Semester 2
• CS6425 Special Topics in Computing Science II (5 credits) - Rosane Minghim, Semester 2
Research Phase (After Semester II)
• CS6400 Dissertation in Computing Science (30 credits)
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
1 year full-time
A typical five credit module includes:
• two lecture hours
• one to two hours of practicals per week
• outside these regular hours, you are required to study independently by reading and by working in the laboratories.
Start Date: 7 September 2020
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Skills and Careers Information
Companies actively recruiting Computer Science graduates in 2017-18 include:
Accenture, Aer Lingus, Amazon, Apple, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Ireland, BT, Cisco, CiTi-Technology, Cloudreach, Dell, Digital Turbine Asia Pacific, Dell EMC, Enterprise Ireland, Ericsson, First Derivatives, Guidewire, IBM, Intel, Open Text, Paddy Power, Pilz, PWC, SAP Galway Transverse Technologies, Trend Micro, Uniwink, Version 1 (Software), VMware.
Many employment agencies report on typical salaries for different sectors; an example of those reported for careers in computer science are as follows:
• software engineer: €40,000 – €50,000
• senior software engineer/developer/programmer: €70,000 – €80,000
• mid-level python developer: €45,000 – €60,000
These figures are indicative only. Salaries are in general higher than many other industries.