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Computing - Applied (Structured Research)

120 credits – Applied Research

Who is this course for?
This course is for Computing and IT Professionals working in an organisation who want to bring themselves to the next level in a current theme in the field of Information Technology/ Computing. The balance of this structured programme is such that the research project/ dissertation is the majority of the learning on the programme. The stated intention is to develop research and development skills in the individuals undertaking the programme. At the same time individuals undertaking the programme may support their research and career development by taking 30 credits of taught modules including research methods.

Who can apply
This course is open to all eligible students

Course Summary
This programme is a Thematic Masters programme for those working in industry and provides a structured programme for those in industry wishing to learn research skills while maintaining their employment and career. The job market in Ireland has been excellent for Computing graduates for the past decade meaning that the vast majority of Irish Computing graduates elect to straight into high paid employment rather than gaining a research qualification. With this award there will be opportunities for graduates from Irish HEIs to gain research skills and experience while in employment. Themes which the department can support include, but aren't limited to, applications of Machine Learning/ Artificial Intelligence, Data Analysis, Social Media Research, Computational Linguistics, Information Security, eLearning, Advances Software Development Processes, Advanced Infrastructure Analysis, IT Architecture among others. Several candidates have already expressed interest in this programme.

Students take three modules form the available listing, one of which must be Research Methods. Modules to be taken and thesis areas must be agreed with the course admissions committee. Generally students select modules to support their research work and career development.

Entry requirements

A BSc (Hons) in Computing (Level 8), 2nd class honours grade 2 (2.2) minimum or an Honours Bachelor's Degree (Level 8) in a scientific, mathematical or engineering discipline, 2nd class honours grade 2 (2.2) minimum, subject to relevant work experience. All applicants must have competence in spoken and written English in accordance with Institute admissions regulations. Candidates may be interviewed to determine eligibility.


Course Timetable
18-24 months

Number of credits


Further enquiries

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Subjects taught

Available Modules
Jan-18 Research Methods II (Campus) Data Analytics & Machine Learning (Campus) Software Dev & Process Management (Campus) Human Skills for IT (Online) Quality Attributes for IT Arch (Online) Business Technology Strategy (Online)

Sep-18 Research Methods I (Campus) Mobile App Design and Development (Campus) Web Semantics and Information Mining (Campus) Business Technology Strategy (Online) IT Environment (Online) IT Architecture Desg. (Online)

Jan-19 Research Methods (Campus) Business Intelligence (Campus) Cloud and Virtualised Infrastructure (Campus) Human Skills for IT (Online) Quality Attributes for IT Arch (Online)

Application date

How to Apply
Students apply directly to IT Tallaght
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Course fee

Total cost of course (120 credits) €9,000

Please Note
You will be required to pay a €100 application fee with your application. If you are not offered a place on the course your application fee will be refunded. If you are offered a place on the course your fee will be put towards you full course fees. If you do not accept the offered place you will forfeit the application fee.

The balance of fees due are as follows:
On acceptance of place - €550
Payment of half your course fees due by 31 October 2018.
Payment of full fees due by 31 January 2019.

Enrolment and start dates

Key Dates
Induction 1st/8th September 2018
Classes Begin Mid-September 2018
Classes Finish End April 2018
Exams January and May 2019
Results June 2019

Head Start Maths and Head Start Academic English:
26th May – 30th June 2018 &
11th August – 8th September 2018

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