UCC Postgraduate courses

Computing Science

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Computing Science

  • Code


  • College

    Science, Engineering and Food Science

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    9 December 2021 at 1pm GMT

  • Start Date

    12 September 2022

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. In the final part of the degree, 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) Semester 1
  • CS6408 Database Technology (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6409 Information Storage and Retrieval (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6410 Project Development Skills (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6422 Complex Systems Development (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6423 Scalable Computing for Data Analytics (5 credits) Semester 2

Elective Modules Semester 1

  • CS6301 Design of Cyber-Physical Systems (5 credits) – Semester 1 (Not running in 21/22)
  • CS6311 Mobile Network Protocols (5 credits) - Semester 1 (Not running in 21/22)
  • CS6312 Mobile Devices and Systems (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6314 Mobile Applications Design (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6320 Formal Methods for Distributed Systems (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6321 Model-Based Software Development (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6322 Optimisation (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6326 Applied Computer Simulation and Analysis (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6420 Topics in Artificial Intelligence (5 credits) Semester 1
  • CS6424 Special topics in Computing Science (5 credits) - Semester 1 

Elective Modules Semester II

  • CS6313 Services and Mobile Middleware (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6315 Mobile Systems Security (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6316 Cellular Network Services (5 credits) - Semester 2
  • CS6317 Multimedia Technology in Mobile Networks (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6318 Advanced Topics in Networking – Semester 2 (5 credits) 
  • CS6325 Network Security (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6327 Internet of Things: Technology and Application (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6405 Datamining (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6421 Deep Learning (5 credits) Semester 2
  • CS6425 Special Topics in Computing Science II (5 credits) 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 per week
  • one to two hours of practicals per week
  • outside these regular hours, you are required to study independently by reading and by working on coursework such as assignments.

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.


Students achieving an aggregate of at least 60% with not less than 40% in each taught module at their first attempt are deemed eligible to proceed to the Dissertation in Computing Science.

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.  

Skills and Careers Information

Companies actively recruiting our graduates:  

Accenture, Aer Lingus, Agility M3, Allied Irish Banks, Altada Technology Solutions Ltd, Amazon, Apple, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Ireland, BT, Central Statistics Office, Cisco, CiTi-Technology, Clearstream, Cloudreach, Dell EMC, Deloitte, Deutche Bank, Enterprise Ireland, Ericsson, Ernst & Young, Ervia, Facebook, First Derivatives, Google, Guidewire, Intel, IBM, Janssen, KPMG, Logitech, Microsoft, Open Text, Paddy Power, Pfizer, Pilz, PWC, SAP Galway, Screendragon, Transverse Technologies, Trend Micro, Tyco, Uniwink, Verizon Connect,  Snipp Interactive, Version 1 (Software), VMware, and more.

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: €55,000 – €65,000
  • senior software engineer/developer/programmer: €80,000 – €110,000
  • mid-level python developer: €60,000 – €70,000

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

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:

  • a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) 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.
  • applications from other suitably qualified candidates, or from those with equivalent technical experience/qualifications, will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


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.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,500.


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.


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 9 December 2021 at 1pm GMT

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