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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

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

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.

Duration

16 months full time

Number of credits

120

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

Comment

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, approval of prior/experiential learning, 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 acrossa 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.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Computer Science (Conversion) FT (T195)

Duration 16 Months
Attendance Full Time
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: 2017/2018 September.

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

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