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Interactive Media - Conversion Course

The MSc in Interactive Media is a CONVERSION COURSE; it is an intensive taught course focusing on the practical and technical aspects of interactive media.

The broad aim of the course is to equip students from a wide range of backgrounds with a thorough understanding of the technology and industry-standard tools used in the digital media sector. Interactive digital media seeks to entertain, inform and inspire an audience. The creation of interactive digital media is a challenging and complex activity requiring a blend of creative and technical skills using a range of existing and emerging technologies.

On successful completion of the course, you will have a comprehensive knowledge of the underlying concepts, technologies and practices of interactive digital media and be able to apply these to create interactive digital media products.

For further information see our brochure:

Entry requirements

This is a CONVERSION COURSE and is open to graduates with a 2H2 in any discipline provided there is no significant overlap between their previous courses of study and the content of this course.

Detailed Entry Requirements
The MSc in Interactive Media is a CONVERSION COURSE and open to graduates of any discipline who have achieved at least a Second Class Honours, Grade II degree, or those with an equivalent professional qualification, are eligible to apply, provided there is no significant overlap between their previous courses of study and the content of this course. Significant overlap may occur where candidates have pursued a Computer Science course with significant multimedia or digital media content. In these cases, the Selection Committee will decide the eligibility of the candidate. Applicants without the requisite primary degree will be subject to the approval of the School and the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.

Candidates from Grandes Écoles Colleges are also eligible to apply if they are studying in an ENSEA or EFREI Graduate School and are eligible to enter the final year (M2) of their programme, provided there is no significant overlap between their previous courses of study and the content of this course.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Lectures: 12 hours per week
Laboratory sessions: Six hours per week
You are expected to undertake independent reading and study

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
The ICT sector in Ireland is a thriving and growing industry with 8 of the top 10 global ICT companies maintaining a presence in Ireland. This sector is one of the country’s most prevalent employers with over 75,000 people employed by ICT companies in Ireland. There are currently 5,400 ICT companies in Ireland, 233 of which are foreign owned. The sector is amongst the top three Irish growth industries, with both indigenous and international companies creating large bases in the country (ref

Numerous reports, both national and international have highlighted the digital media industry as one of the fastest growing industries in a high-value sector with significant employment and strong revenues.

Graduates of the MSc Interactive Media can take up employment in areas such as:

Graphic Design & UI/UX Development
Senior Developer, Designer, Architect, Management
Social Media / Digital Content
Product Management
Digital Analytics / Visualisation
Data / Statistical Analysis, Business Intelligence Specialist

Salaries are in general higher than many other industries.
See course webpage (link below) for further details.

Further enquiries

Mr. Dave Murphy
Department of Computer Science
University College Cork
Tel. +353 21 420 5908

Subjects taught

NFQ Level 9, Major Award

The MSc (Interactive Media) is a taught programme that may be taken full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months from the date of first registration for the programme.

Programme Structure:
Students must attain 90 credits through a combination of:
Core Modules (30 credits)
Elective Modules (30 credits)
Research & Development Project (30 credits)

Core Modules (Period 1)
Full-time students are required to take the following 30 credits of core modules. Part-time students are required to take three of the following core modules in each year (15 credits), for a total of six separate modules over the two years (30 credits).
CS6100 Authoring (5 credits) - Dr. John O'Mullane
CS6101 Digital Publishing and Hypermedia Systems (5 credits) - Dr. Ian Pitt
CS6102 Graphics and Graphic Design (5 credits) - Dr. Sabin Tabirca
CS6103 Audio and Sound Engineering (5 credits) - Mr. David Murphy
CS6104 Digital Video Capture and Packaging (5 credits) - Dr. Ian Pitt
CS6111 3D Graphics and Modelling (5 credits) - Mr. David Murphy

Elective Modules (Period 2)
Full-time students are required to take 30 credits from the following elective modules. Part-time students are required to take three of the following elective modules in each year (15 credits), for a total of six separate modules over the two years (30 credits).
CS6105 Future and Emerging Interaction Technologies (5 credits) - Mr. David Murphy
CS6113 Internet-based Applications (5 credits) - Dr. Frank Boehme
CS6114 Digital Video Compression and Delivery (5 credits) - Dr. Frank Boehme
CS6115 Human Computer Interaction (5 credits) - Dr. Ian Pitt
CS6116 Mobile Multimedia (5 credits) - Dr. Sabin Tabirca
CS6117 Audio Processing (5 credits) - Mr. David Murphy

Note: Not all modules may be offered in a particular year and are subject to change.

Project Phase (After Period 2)
Full-time and part-time students are required to take a project as follows:

CS6200 Dissertation (30 credits)


Unique features of this course
This CONVERSION COURSE is intended for graduates who do not have a Computer Science Degree and would like to attain skills in demand by the IT sector.

The aim of the MSc in Multimedia is to equip you with qualifications relevant to the multimedia, broadcast, games, web, social media and general ICT industries.

Interactive media is a fast-changing discipline, so we actively engage with industry and the research communities to ensure that the content of the course is continuously evolving and relevant, preparing students for a productive future in the digital media industry.

Companies actively recruiting Computer Science graduates in 2014-15 include:

Accenture, Aer Lingus, Amazon, Apple, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Ireland, BT, Cisco, CiTi-Technology, Cloudreach, Dell, Digital Turbine Asia Pacific, EMC, Enterprise Ireland, Ericsson, First Derivatives, Guidewire, IBM, Intel, Open Text, Paddy Power, Pilz, PWC, SAP Galway Transverse Technologies, Trend Micro, Uniwink, Version 1 (Software).

Assessment method

Postgraduate Diploma in Interactive Media
Students who successfully achieve the pass standard in the examination may opt not to proceed to the digital media project and may opt instead to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Interactive Media.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU €7,000 Full Time, €3,500 Part Time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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