The MSc in Computing offers a choice of Majors, designed to equip graduates with a range of cutting-edge skills, enabling them to produce high-quality software and systems that deliver solutions to business and the economy.
Major 1 - Artificial Intelligence (This Major is available Full Time Only)
There is a strong demand for graduates with the highly specialised multi-disciplinary skills that are required in AI, both as practitioners in the development of AI applications and as researches into the advanced capabilities required for the creation of next-generation AI systems. This Major is designed to meet this training need, by providing a balanced programme of instruction across a range of relevant disciplines.
Major 2 - Secure Software Engineering (subject to approval) (This Major is available both Full Time and Part Time)
In this modern age of increased data usage and ubiquitous computing the security of software is more important than ever. This updated and revised MSc. Major in Secure Software Engineering builds a firm base of advanced software engineering skills and emphasises security from start to finish. It will be appropriate for all those tasked with building and researching secure software systems.
Major 3 - Data Analytics (This Major is available both Full Time and Part Time)
This exciting new Major, delivered in conjunction with leading industry players, builds on the School of Computing's expertise and its involvement with Insight, Science Foundation Ireland's Centre for Data Analytics. Technologies such as the internet, sensor nets, social media and cloud computing are generating vast amounts of data. To say we are drowning in information is an understatement. Yet in this vast sea of raw data, there are gems of knowledge that can be used to improve processes and generate value. This Major provides students with a deep understanding of the issues, techniques and tools to examine large amounts of raw data in order to extract meaningful conclusions from the information these contain.
Major 4 - Blockchain - Distributed Ledger Technologies (This Major is available Full Time Only)
This programme takes into account the wider context of Blockchain associated computer security issues, specifically: cryptography, public key cryptography and security protocols. In addition there is strong linkage between Blockchain and cloud systems and technologies as one of the growing ways to implement and scale Blockchain is Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS). Accordingly, underlying and advanced models in cloud computing are covered in a separate module.
The strong practical focus of the programme culminates in a project, carried out over the summer months. Typically, students will develop a prototype software system in their Major area that targets a real-world problem. They may also analyse processes or techniques, and propose and evaluate alternatives. Most projects are individual but, exceptionally, may be carried out as part of a team.
Students may also be sponsored by external clients or develop their own ideas. Typically, projects commence with a feasibility study, followed by the creation of a project plan and development of a software application or rigorous theoretical analysis.
Over the duration of the programme, students will develop employment-enhancing skills across a number of key areas. These include:
•Enhancement of proven ability to engineer software
•Improvement of knowledge of operating systems and networks
•Development of strong, team-based skills, developed through significant project work during the course
•Enhanced communication skills through scheduled presentations to lecturers and peers
•Improved understanding of the business and social context of their work and awareness of new directions
•Development of research skills to enable contribution of novel ideas, methods and tools to new challenges in their professional careers.
Flexibile choice of part-time and full-time study and several major options to choose from.
Modern: This course is kept continually up-to-date to reflect changing trends within the computing sector.
Relevant: Acquire knowledge and skills that are in high demand in industry.
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