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Information Systems with Computing

The MSc in Information Systems with Computing is an innovative programme with an integrated delivery from end to end covering a wide range of information systems and computing topics. The programme is designed to create a deep level of knowledge and understanding in core areas such as programming, databases, web technologies and security while also offering practical skills in contemporary topics such as data analytics, distributed systems and mobile and social computing. In addition, the programme allows students to explore the issues around the management of information technology in business and industrial contexts. The programme was designed with significant input from industry and reflects the driving ethos of DBS to provide learners with career focused programmes to enhance graduates employability.

Key Features of the Programme
• The programme is applied in nature, delivering a graduate with pracitcal skills and expertise to augment theoretical knowledge and understanding
• The differentiation of the programme lies in its ability to deliver a multidisciplinary, cross-functional and industry ready graduate.
• The development of analytical and problem solving abilities as well as essential managerial skills such as team working, leadership and effective communication skills
• As part of our learning philosophy, we encourage our students to learn through reflection on practice and experience.

The programme is structured in two sequential stages. Stage 1 is a wholly taught component, contributing 70 credits. Stage 2 is a supervised dissertation, contributing 30 credits. The project component provides students with the opportunity to independently research relevant literature, to implement skills gained in the taught syllabus and also to critically analyse deliverables.

The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to critically review the literature in any part of the taught syllabus.

For full-time students, the taught component consists of ​nine modules. Successful completion of the taught component stage allows you to move on to the the award (stage 2).

For part-time students, stage 1 delivery of the programme is structured over four taught semesters. During each semester, students will normally attend lectures on two evenings per week and occasional weekend workshops. Successful completion of the taught component (stage 1) allows you to move on to the award (stage 2).

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the MSc in Computing and Information Systems are:
• A minimum Second Class Honours (2.2) in an IT/IS discipline or a Business discipline where IT/IS is a significant component of the degree from a recognised third level institution, or equivalent qualification in a cognate discipline, or

• Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Level 8 award

• Prior knowledge and the study of the areas of databases, programming and networking is also required.

• For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum English language requirement for entry to the programme is IELTS score 6.5 (or equivalent).

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:
• Academic Transcripts (Original & Official English Translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation.

• Proof of Identification (Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport)

• Detailed Curriculum Vitae

• Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

• Academic/ Business References - Ideally one Academic & one Business

Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures. In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

• A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport

• The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation.

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:
• Academic documents
• Academic transcripts
• Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)
• A Curriculum Vitae
• References from your employer/school/college
• A statement of purpose
• A copy of your passport

Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned. Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.


Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
The MSc in Information Systems with Computing will provide you with the skills and knowledge to further develop your personal interests and career prospects in areas with skills gaps as identified by the government and industry. Typical career paths include software engineering, software design, systems support engineer, database developer, technical consultancy and project management roles.

Further enquiries

Postgraduate Admissions Office,
Dublin Business School,
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2,
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543

Subjects taught

The MSc in Information Systems with Computing programme has the following content in stages 1 & 2.
• Software Engineering
• Advanced Databases
• Web and Mobile Technologies
• Personal and Professional Development
• Research Methods I
• Research Methods II
• Data and Data Analytics
• Computer Systems Security
• Enterprise Information Systems
• MSc Award Project


Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Masters Degree
NFQ Level: Level 9
Award Title: Master of Science in Information Systems with Computing
Award Type: Major

Assessment method

The programme is assessed through a mix of continuous assessment, skills based assessment and exams. Skills based assessment allows learners to demonstrate knowledge learned through scenario based situations and continuous assessment involves a varied mix between individual and group work.

Enrolment and start dates

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2017. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8:45am to 5:15pm

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