UCC Postgraduate courses

Interactive Media

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Interactive Media

  • Code


  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2021

    €7,130; €3,500 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,500 (Year 2 Part-time)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2021


  • Entry Requirements

    Open to graduates with a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in any discipline provided there is no significant overlap between their previous courses of study and the content of this course. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Closed for applications: we will reopen in November

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Extended until 31 July 2021

  • Start Date

    13 September 2021

Course Outline

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.

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 (60 credits)
  • dissertation (30 credits) 

Part-time students take 15 credits of core and 15 credits of elective modules each year.  They undertake their dissertation in year.

Core Modules

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).

Modules - Semester 1

  • CS6100 Authoring (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6101 Web Development for Digital Media (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6102 Graphics for Interactive Media (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6103 Audio and Sound Engineering (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6104 Digital Video Capture and Packaging (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6111 3D Graphics and Modelling (5 credits) Semester 1

Modules - Semester 2

Full-time students select 30 credits, part-time students 15 credits.

  • CS6105 Future and Emerging Interaction Technologies (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6113 Internet-based Applications (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6114 Digital Video Compression and Delivery (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6115 Human-Computer Interaction (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6116 Mobile Multimedia (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6117 Audio Processing (5 credits) Semester 2

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 in Interactive Media (30 credits)

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

Lectures: 12 hours per week (full-time); 6 hours per week (part-time) 

Laboratory sessions: 6 hours per week (full-time); 3 hours per week (part-time)

You are expected to undertake independent reading and study.

Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2017 and for each module in the Book of Modules.

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.

Why Choose This Course

This CONVERSION COURSE is intended for graduates who do not have a Computer Science Degree and would like to attain skills that are in demand by the IT sector. The aim of the MSc in Interactive Media 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 our graduates:

ABB Group, Amazon, Apple, capSpire, ChyronHego Corporation, Connecta Ireland, Core International, Eden Recruitment, General Motors, Ignite Programme, University College Cork, Johnson Controls, Media HQ, MMD Distrbution, Pentagon 2000, PFH Technology Group, Retail in Motion, SANA Consultants, Screendragon, Search4Less, Teamwork, TPx, User-X Ltd, VMware, Wave Break Media, Xanadu Consultancy, Zahra Media Group, and more.

Skills and Careers Information

The ICT sector in Ireland is a thriving and growing industry with the top 5 global software companies, the top 3 global enterprise software companies, and 9 of the top 10 US ICT companies maintaining a presence in Ireland (IDA 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 (Enterprise Europe).

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

Starting Salaries

Salaries are in general higher than many other industries.  The following link provides details of the Brightwater Salary Survey 2020


  • Open to graduates of any discipline who have achieved at least a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8), 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 under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  • 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.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €7,130; €3,500 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,500 (Year 2 Part-time).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,130.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Extended until 31 July 2021

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