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
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.