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Computer Science - Negotiated Learning

MSc Computer Science
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MSc in Computer Science is a flexible, innovative programme which builds on the established portfolio of CS graduate taught courses but is customised to individual student needs and their prior learning experiences.

- The student has the opportunity to select modules, from a suite of diverse module offerings, that best align with their own individual needs and career goals.

- Over 100 Modules to choose from - see School of Comptuer Science webpage

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The programme is attractive to industrial workers coming from related computer science and IT disciplines, and/or national and international students with relevant computer science undergraduate degree qualifications, who have specific workplace needs or requirements for continuing professional development.

Once an applicant has accepted his/her place on the programme there is a student needs assessment for each individual student and the establishment of a negotiated learning contract between the School of Computer Science (represented by the Programme Director) with the student.

Course Description
Students have the opportunity to negotiate a programme of learning that is tailored to their own career goals and requirements. Instead of there being a rigorous set of modules that each student must take, as is typical in standard taught MSc programmes, students can prefer to broaden their knowledge across a diverse cross-section of modules offering by Schools such as the UCD School of Computer Science, UCD School of Business, UCD School of Maths & Statistics and the UCD School of Information & Communication Studies. Students enrolling in this MSc are also provided with the opportunity to work on a specialised research task and/or work as part of a research group as part of this programme.

Vision and Values Statement
(i) Purpose
This programme aims to provide students with a wide range of specialist learning opportunities that can be selected in a bespoke manner to suit the individual skills and aspirations of the individual. It can thus serve both as a form of extended continued professional development, as a means to upskill or to reorient a technical career. The programme is also suited as a foundation for advanced research within IT. An extensive variety of learning pathways is offered, with many modules grouped into thematic streams, providing coherent clusters in specific technical areas.

(ii) Education and subject description, professional values
It aspires to offer state of the art instruction in a very wide variety of technical subjects, leveraging the broad range of expertise available in the faculty of UCD. For the student, it provides an opportunity to personally design a course of study that matches their specific goals. Modules range over many technical specialities that are in high demand with employers.

(iii) Learning outcomes
Students will select modules from a very broad list, and will therefore encounter many different kinds of instruction. Many students will take part in group projects of a practical nature. The variety of modules on offer ensures that students can develop both technical skills and enhance their critical thinking.

(iv) Approaches to teaching learning and assessment
Because of the variety of courses on offer, many different forms of evaluation may be used, including exercises, written assignments, programming challenges, literature reviews and end of module examinations. The programme aspires to encourage the intellectual skills required to synthesise and integrate insights from many perspectives.

Entry requirements

•This programme is intended for applicants with a Computer Science or ICT background. An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent in computer science or a related area or a minimum of three years' relevant industrial work experience is required.

•Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


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

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Contact Name: Travis Grotewold
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 2953


The degree programme can be completed on a full time basis in 12 months, or it can be spread over two years on a part-time basis. Part time students take approximately half as many modules as full time students each semester. Most part-time students will complete their research project in the Summer of their second year.

While the programme offers some modules with evening classes, and some modules that are mainly taught online, these options are limited, and it is not normally possible to complete this degree without substantial regular attendance at day time lectures and practicals on campus in UCD.

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Computer Science (Negotiated Learning) FT (T150)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

MSc Computer Science (Negotiated Learning) PT (T151)
2 Years

Part Time

Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MSc Computer Science (T150) Full Time
EU fee per year - €7055
nonEU fee per year - €24800

MSc Computer Science (T151) Part Time
EU fee per year - €4235
nonEU fee per year - €12400

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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