Computer Science - Applied

The MSc in Computer Science (Applied) offers students with degrees that include three years of Computer Science a personalised programme of advanced CS modules to enhance their knowledge and fit their strengths. Furthermore, students deepen their research and practical skills through a project and dissertation plus an industrial work placement meaning they will get the opportunity to apply the skills from the lecture hall and the research laboratory in a real industrial environment. This will be a key part of their training and enhance their employment prospects following their graduation.

Entry requirements

A degree that includes at least 3 years of computer science, achieved at 1st class or 2.1 honours degree level. For international student whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


2 years full-time (1 year full-time taught modules, 6 months taught modules and dissertation, 6 month work placement

Careers or further progression

Many students gain full-time employment with the company who sponsors their work placement. Graduates might work in companies such as Intel, Hewlett Packard, Google, Oracle, SAP, SISK and other private sector IT companies.

Further enquiries

Programme Director Dr Joe Timoney
Tel: +35317083847
Fax: +35317081848
Address Department of Computer Science,
Maynooth University, Maynooth,
Co. Kildare, Ireland

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Year 1 is a personalised programme that complements the previous experience of the student. Topics include compilers, computational theory, programming language design, complexity as well as many elective modules in subjects such as graphics, neuro-computation, robotics and computer vision. In Year 2, students complete a project and dissertation plus advanced modules in object-oriented programming, requirements engineering, interaction design, databases, and cryptography. In semester 2, a 6-month industrial work placement (organised by the university, and usually paid) is arranged


Computer Science
The Department is a centre of excellence for the development of dependable software systems, offering science and engineering graduates the knowledge, skills and indepth technical understanding required to succeed in the software industry. The Department offers courses that combine academic research with industrial placements in the leading software industry companies in Ireland, nurturing a new generation of software engineers grounded in technological expertise.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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