UCC Postgraduate courses

Computer Science - Interactive Media

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Computer Science - Interactive Media

  • Code

    CKR05 Full-time; CKR06 Part-time

  • 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

    MSc

  • EU Fees 2018

    €7,000
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2018

    €18,000

  • 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. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Applications processed in rounds: See How To Apply section for full details

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15th June

  • Start Date

    10th September 2018

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.

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 Web Development for Digital Media (5 credits) - Dr. Ian Pitt
CS6102 Graphics for Interactive Media (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 in Interactive Media (30 credits)

Additional Teaching Mode Information

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

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

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. 

Course Practicalities

Lectures: 12 hours per week

Laboratory sessions: Six hours per week

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 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2017/2018.

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.

Who Teaches This Course

CS6100   Dr. John O'Mullane

CS6101   Dr. Ian Pitt

CS6102   Dr. Sabin Tabirca

CS6103   Mr. David Murphy

CS6104   Dr. Ian Pitt

CS6105   Mr. David Murphy

CS6111   Mr. David Murphy

CS6113   Dr. Frank Boehme

CS6114   Dr. John O'Mullane

CS6115   Dr. Ian Pitt

CS6116   Dr. Sabin Tabirca

CS6117   Mr. David Murphy

Why Choose This Course

Check out our blog to find out what our graduates have to say about the course at: http://csblog.ucc.ie

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.

Click here to hear what our graduates have to say: Laura MSc Interactive Media (2013)

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).

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 www.ictireland.ie).

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

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).

Starting Salaries

Salaries are in general higher than many other industries.  The following link provides details of the Morgan McKinley Ireland Salary & Benefits Guide 2015.

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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €7,000 .

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.

Deposits:

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.

Questions?

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

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,000.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three 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 Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC 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 forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

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