UCC Postgraduate courses

Computing Science

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Computing Science

  • Code

    CKR40 Full-time

  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2020

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2020


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Closed for applications 2020-21

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Currently closed for the 2020 intake

  • Start Date

    28 September 2020

Course Outline

This MSc programme will provide you with the skills required to understand the entrepreneurship and innovation required for the software industry. Many national and multinational companies employ computer science graduates in areas such as software development and engineering, artificial intelligence, systems and networks, database and systems security as well as mobile multimedia, modelling, research and development. You will also get the chance to demonstrate the skills you have learned by completing a substantial research and development project.

Programme Structure

Students must attain 90 credits through a combination of:

  • Core Modules (30 credits)
  • Elective Modules (30 credits) (15 credits from Group 1 and 15 credits from Group 2 below)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)

Core Modules

  • CS6403 Case Studies in Computing Entrepreneurship (5 credits) - Dr. John Herbert, Semester 1
  • CS6408 Database Technology (5 credits) - Mr. Humphrey Sorensen, Semester 1
  • CS6409 Information Storage and Retrieval (5 credits) - Mr. Humphrey Sorensen, Semester 2
  • CS6410 Project Development Skills (5 credits) - Dr. Ahmed Zahran, Semester 2
  • CS6422 Complex Systems Development (5 credits) - Dr. Klaas-Jan Stol, Semester 1
  • CS6423 Scalable Computing for Data Analytics (5 credits) - Prof. Gregory Provan, Semester 2

Elective Modules Group I

  • CS6301 Design of Cyber-Physical Systems (5 credits) – Semester 1 (Not running in 19/20)
  • CS6311 Mobile Network Protocols (5 credits) - Semester 1 (Not running in 19/20)
  • CS6312 Mobile Devices and Systems (5 credits) - Dr. Dan Grigoras, Semester 1
  • CS6314 Mobile Applications Design (5 credits) - Dr. Sabin Tabirca, Semester 1
  • CS6320 Formal Methods for Distributed Systems (5 credits) - Dr. John Herbert, Semester 1
  • CS6321 Model-Based Software Development (5 credits) - Dr. John Herbert, Semester 1
  • CS6322 Optimisation (5 credits) - Dr. Steve Prestwich, Semester 1
  • CS6326 Applied Computer Simulation and Analysis (5 credits) - Prof. Dirk Pesch, Semester 1
  • CS6402 Virtualisation Technologies (5 credits) - Semester 1 (Not running in 19/20)
  • CS6420 Topics in Artificial Intelligence (5 credits) - Prof. Barry O’Sullivan, Semester 1
  • CS6424 Special topics in Computing Science (5 credits) - Semester 1 (Not running in 19/20)

Elective Modules Group II

  • CS6313 Services and Mobile Middleware (5 credits) - Dr. Dan Grigoras, Semester 2
  • CS6315 Mobile Systems Security (5 credits) - Dr. Paolo Palmieri, Semester 2
  • CS6316 Cellular Network Services (5 credits) - Semester 2 (Not running in 19/20)
  • CS6317 Multimedia Technology in Mobile Networks (5 credits) - Dr. Sabin Tabirca, Semester 2
  • CS6325 Network Security (5 credits) - Dr. Paolo Palmieri, Semester 2
  • CS6327 Internet of Things: Technology and Application (5 credits) - Prof. Dirk Pesch, Semester 2
  • CS6405 Data Mining (5 credits) - Alegandro Arbelaez, Semester 2
  • CS6421 Deep Learning (5 credits) - Prof. Gregory Provan, Semester 2
  • CS6425 Special Topics in Computing Science II (5 credits) - Rosane Minghim, Semester 2

Research Phase (After Semester II)

  • CS6400 Dissertation in Computing Science (30 credits)


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

A typical five credit module includes:

  • two lecture hours
  • one to two hours of practicals per week
  • outside these regular hours, you are required to study independently by reading and by working in the laboratories

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

Postgraduate Diploma in Computing Science
Students failing to achieve an aggregate of at least 60% across all modules but who achieve a pass in each of the taught modules at their first attempt graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing Science. Students may also opt to exit the programme and graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing Science provided they have achieved a pass in each module.

Why Choose This Course

The aim of the course is to provide you with the skills required to understand the entrepreneurship and innovation required in the software industry. Check out our blog to find out what our graduates have to say about the course at: http://csblog.ucc.ie.


Skills and Careers Information

Companies actively recruiting Computer Science graduates in 2017-18 include: 

Accenture, Aer Lingus, Amazon, Apple, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Ireland, BT, Cisco, CiTi-Technology, Cloudreach, Dell, Digital Turbine Asia Pacific, Dell 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), VMware.

Starting Salaries

Many employment agencies report on typical salaries for different sectors; an example of those reported for careers in computer science are as follows:

  • software engineer: €40,000 – €50,000
  • senior software engineer/developer/programmer: €70,000 – €80,000
  • mid-level python developer: €45,000 – €60,000

These figures are indicative only. Salaries are in general higher than many other industries.  The following link provides details of the Brightwater Salary Survey 2018.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

You are required to complete a research and development project as part of the course.  This project can be industry-led or based giving you an ideal opportunity to apply your knowledge to a real-life industrial problem.


Candidates must have obtained either:

  • an Honours level 8 primary degree (minium 2H1 honours or equivalent) in Computer Science or a closely related discipline OR
  • a first Class Honours in a Higher Diploma conversion course, such as the Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology at UCC.
  • Candidates from Grandes Écoles Colleges are also eligible to apply if they are studying a cognate discipline in an ENSEA or EFREI Graduate School and are eligible to enter the final year (M2) of their programme.
  • applicantions from other suitably qualified candidates, or from those with equivalent technical experience/qualifications, will be considered.


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 €7,170.

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

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.


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 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 for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 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 for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 


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.


Please note that successful EU applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Currently closed for the 2020 intake

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