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Computer Science - Conversion

MSc Computer Science (Conversion)

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

MSc Computer Science (Conversion) is a skills conversion graduate programme for individuals who hold a primary degree in another discipline (e.g., Arts, Commerce), and would like to enter into an IT related career.

-Programme tailored to the needs of non-Computer Science graduates

-Modules covering the fundamental skills required by modern technology companies complemented by one semester of advanced specialised modules

-Significant research-oriented project with presentation

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.

-Demonstrate an integrated knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles which underpin modern Computer Science
-Synthesise a range of "Big Ideas" in Computer Science and critically reflect on how they relate to current applications and state-of-the-art research within and beyond the field
-Demonstrate competence and specialist knowledge in other advanced areas of Computer Science (e.g. Data Science, Cloud & Distributed Computing, Software Engineering, forensics & Security, Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science)
-Undertake independent innovative research and development related to real-world computer science applications with a full project life-cycle and present the outcomes to technical and lay audiences
-Work with confidence both autonomously and as part of a team on IT-related projects and in a professional environment
-Employ web application development concepts and technologies to design and create feature-rich and versatile websites
-Discover patterns in data and understand how decisions and predictions can be made using data analytics techniques
-Apply the core principles of software engineering, database design and programming to solve real-world problems

Entry requirements

An Upper Second class honours degree, or the international equivalent, in a discipline other than Computer Science is required for entry. (In exceptional circumstances, a Lower Second class honours degree (2:2 grade) will be considered if the applicant shows evidence of significant relevant prior experiential learning.)

Computer Science is a mathematical subject involving logical understanding and reasoning and therefore applicants must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of mathematics.

If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes. 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.


16 months full time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Ireland is home to the world's top 10 technology companies. It is known as the Internet and Games Capital of Europe and is among the world's most technologically developed nations. There are excellent job opportunities, with 5,000 job vacancies in the sector at present.

Some of the roles graduates of this MSc have worked in include the following:
Software Engineer
Computer Programmer
IT Project Analyst
Performance Engineer
SAP Support Engineer
Python Developer
Web Applications Developer
Business Analyst
Technical Analyst
Technical Consultant

Companies that have employed graduates include IBM, Dell, Accenture, SAP, Mastercard, Computershare Ireland, Deloitte Ireland, First Derivatives, General Motors, Bearing Point, Logentries, AIB, Eircom and Paddy Power.

High achieving graduates from this programme may also be eligible to pursue a graduate research degree in a Computer Science related field.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

This is a 120-credit MSc which runs over 16 months. During the first year you take 60 credits of taught modules and a research practicum. In the final semester, you choose from a range of modules on offer on the MSc Computer Science (Negotiated Learning) programme.

Stage 1 - Core

Programming I (Conversion) COMP10280

Programming II (Conversion) COMP20220

Data Structures & Algorithms (Conversion) COMP20230

Relational Databases & Information Systems (Conversion) COMP20240

Operating Systems (Conversion) COMP30640

Networks & Internet Systems (Conversion) COMP30650

Computer Architecture & Organistion (Conversion) COMP30660

Software Engineering (Conversion) COMP30670

Web Application Development (Conversion) COMP30680

Computational Thinking (Conversion) COMP47340

Data Analytics (Conversion) COMP47350

Research Practicum (MSc Conversion) COMP47360


The MSc. Computer Science (Conversion) is an NFQ Level 9 skills conversion programme aimed at students holding a primary degree in another discipline (e.g., Arts, Business, Social Science, etc.) who wish to gain a postgraduate qualification in Computer Science. Building on key transferable graduate outcomes of communication, reflection, critical thinking and independent learning that our students bring to the programme, we seek to develop individuals with a passion for Computer Science and the skills and experience necessary to enter into an IT-related career. We aim to provide a learning environment that is practically-oriented and place a strong emphasis on developing competence in core Computer Science topics and programming skills. As such, the teaching, learning and assessment approaches focus on hands-on practical sessions with assignments and MCQs, individual/group projects and presentations, and enquiry-based learning activities. All of these approaches are designed and delivered by leading academics at the UCD School of Computer Science specifically to facilitate the transition of non-Computer Science graduates into the IT sector. MSc. Computer Science (Conversion) students undertake a significant project-based research practicum during the summer months and create an individual portfolio with specific project and overall programme outcomes. The final semester allows students to specialize or tailor the programme to their interests with advanced and research-led modules.

Application date

Deadline Rolling *

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September.

*** This programme is now closed for non-EU applicants. Please note, if you are non-EU and submit an application, it will not be processed. ***

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