About This Course
1 year Full-time
EU Fees 2021
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Non-EU Fees 2021
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Closed for new applications
Non-EU Closing Date
Temporarily closed for application. May reopen if space available.
13 September 2021
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.
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)
- CS6403 Case Studies in Computing Entrepreneurship (5 credits) - Dr. John Herbert, Semester 1
- CS6408 Database Technology (5 credits) - Dr. Colin McCormack, Semester 1
- CS6409 Information Storage and Retrieval (5 credits) - Dr. Alejandro Arbelaez, Semester 2
- CS6410 Project Development Skills (5 credits) - Dr. Ahmed Zahran, Semester 2
- CS6422 Complex Systems Development (5 credits) – Prof. Gregory Provan, Semester 1
- CS6423 Scalable Computing for Data Analytics (5 credits) - Prof. Gregory Provan, Semester 2
Elective Modules Semester 1
- 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
- CS6420 Topics in Artificial Intelligence (5 credits) - Prof. Barry O’Sullivan, Semester 1
- CS6424 Special topics in Computing Science (5 credits) - Semester 1
Elective Modules Semester 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
- CS6317 Multimedia Technology in Mobile Networks (5 credits) - Dr. Sabin Tabirca, Semester 2
- CS6318 Advanced Topics in Networking – Semester 2 (5 credits) – Dr Aisling O’Driscoll
- 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 Datamining (5 credits) – Alejandro 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.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
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 in the laboratories
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.
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.
- applicantions 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.
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 €18,130.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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.
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