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About this Programme
The aim of this taught Master Degree programme is to produce graduates with an advanced level of theoretical knowledge and practice, with highly developed research capability, innovation and entrepreneurial skills to enable their professional development in the IT industry. This programme has been partially funded by the HEA IT Investment Fund.

Graduates wishing to extend their breadth and depth of knowledge in both the technical and managerial aspects of software development, and their ability to instigate and manage research projects, are suitable candidates for this programme. The programme offers an up-skilling opportunity for practicing software developers who have worked in industry for a number of years and now wish to broaden or update their technical knowledge and formalise their management skills. Recent graduates will also find the programme a natural and complementary progression from their undergraduate degree programme.

Students who successfully complete the programme, with the exception of the Research project, will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

The programme starts in January. Admission is via Portfolio and Interview. Details of the admissions process will be published in September.

Entry requirements

An Honours Bachelor's Degree in Computing or a related field of study


an approved Portfolio of relevant work presented at interview.

In the case of competition for places selection will be made on the basis of primary degree results and/or interview.


1 year Part-Time.

Careers or further progression

Progression Opportunities:
The Master of Science in Computing will provide you with the skills and knowledge to develop your interests in an IT career. Typical career paths include software engineering, software design, systems support engineer, software engineering researcher, and project management. Advanced interaction design and evaluation, analysis and visualisation of data from medical sensor devices and pervasive systems, and advanced computational techniques are extensively covered opening a vast range of industrial and research based employment opportunities.

Further enquiries

Dermot Logue
Department of Computing Science and Mathematics
t: +353-0429370200 ext 2602
PJ Carroll Building P1219

Subjects taught

Graduates will be capable of:
•Designing, managing and developing complex quality-assured software systems;

•Identifying computing problems that require further research and developing research strategies for the investigation of these problems;

•Analysing and critically evaluating emerging technologies and trends in the computing industry from a business opportunity perspective;

•Taking responsibility for the work of individuals and groups, and behave developed a high level of competence in initiating, leading and managing technology projects and processes.

Further Information:
Starting in late January 2015, the programme will run both on a full-time basis (12 months + 3 months for Research Project) and a part-time basis (24 months + 3-6 months for Research Project). Students will study seven modules; five of these will be core modules taken by all students, one will be chosen from elective modules, and the Research Project. Modules on the programme will cover trends in software development and current and emerging technologies. They will develop, to an advanced level, students' software development, project management, research capabilities and entrepreneurial skills.

In full-time mode: students will take four taught modules in each of two 15-week semesters. The Research Project will subsequently be completed within three months.

In part-time mode: students will take two taught modules in each of four 15-week semesters. The Research Project will subsequently be completed within three to six months. The part-time course will be, where possible, delivered in manner that facilitates people in full-time employment.

In addition, because of the modular nature of the programme, students will be able to register for individual modules and get single subject certification for each module completed.

Stage 1 / Semester 1


Software Process Management
Software Design and Validation
Computer Science ( Part 1 of 2 )

Elective (students will select one elective)

Medical Device Software ( Part 1 of 2 )
Pervasive & Mobile Computing ( Part 1 of 2 )

Stage 1 / Semester 2


Research Methods and Innovation
Human Computer Interaction
Computer Science ( Part 2 of 2 )

Elective (continuation of elective selected in semester1)

Medical Device Software ( Part 2 of 2 )
Pervasive & Mobile Computing ( Part 2 of 2 )

Stage 1 / Semester 3


Research Project

Enrolment and start dates

Contact college for the next start date.

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