Discover Our Postgraduate Opportunities

**Applications to open on 1st November 2021**

UCC is home to internationally renowned taught postgraduate programmes that are highly sought after by students both at home and internationally. The demand that employers have for ICT graduates exceeds the supply and the ICT sector in Ireland is a thriving and growing industry, with 8 of the top 10 global ICT companies maintaining a presence in the country. The School of Computer Science and Information Technology currently offers four taught postgraduate courses.

Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Our taught postgraduate courses attract Irish, European, and international students as we provide the highest standard of education delivered by internationally regarded staff. Non-EU students graduates of these programmes are permitted to work in Ireland full-time for 2 years after graduating.

Research Opportunities, PhD and Masters

The School of Computer Science and Information Technology's academic faculty and researchers are held in high esteem globally, with many holding prominent roles in Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre.

These research centres regularly offer PhD and postdoctoral research opportunites and you can read more about what is currently on offer below.

Message from Head of School

The types of students that we generally attract are students that like problem solving and are creative.

Professor Cormac Sreenan, Head of School

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Our Taught Postgraduate Programmes

MSc Computing Science

Computer scientists are the ones who innovate to conceive such systems and who design, build, and maintain the complex computer systems that make them function.  As a Computer Science student, you will master the core technologies that provide the building blocks of modern computer systems, such as networks, database technology, algorithms, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, web technology and applications. You will learn how to craft software and hardware solutions based on these technologies in order to solve real-world problems as they arise. 

MSc Data Science and Analytics

Data Analytics enable people to make sense of the huge volumes of data (big data) that confront us in today’s world. Expertise in data science and analytics involves storing and manipulating relevant data and then analysing this data to extract the most salient information necessary for decision-making. Our course focuses on new ways to capture and understand data from the world around us. Being able to extract the most relevant information from data helps us make better decisions for people, communities, industry and society as a whole. 

MSc Interactive Media

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. An
exciting conversion programme that prepares students for a career in the creative and technical industries.

Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology

The course provides you with an understanding of the principles of internet based computer systems and will equip you with a range of core IT skills, including web design, web server configuration, managing and manipulating multimedia content, interfacing with databases and working with common office software.

Good luck with your studies and course choices! We look forward to welcoming you to UCC.

Learn about job opportunities

For any graduates coming out of UCC that would have a Computer Science or Interactive Media Qualification the market is extremely attractive from a job opportunity perspective.

Paddy O'Connell, Managing Director, Berkley Group

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Our Research

The School of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) conducts internationally leading research, with a strong emphasis on applied research for the benefit of society, the ICT industry and the wider economy. Our research programme is structured into four themes: Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and Algorithmics; Networks, Computer Architectures and Software Systems; Interactive Media and Human Computer Interaction; and Security, Privacy and Ethics. CSIT staff have leadership roles in four of the national Science Foundation Ireland research centres in ICT, and in two of the interdisciplinary SFI Spoke awards. We maintain active collaborations with a wide range of Irish and international industrial researchers and academics. The school has a large and active postgraduate research student community. 

Research Opportunities

The School and its affiliated Research Centres regularly advertise positions for both postgraduate and postdoctoral research. Please find our current opeinings below:

SFI Centre for Research Training in Advanced Networks for Sustainable Societies 

The ADVANCE CRT is a Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training focused on Future Networks and the Internet of Things with applications in sustainable and independent living. ADVANCE will train 120 PhD students, recruited in four annual cohorts of 30 students across the five partner universities, University College Cork, Munster Technological University, Maynooth University, Technological University Dublin, and Trinity College Dublin.

Our vision is to train the next generation of researchers who will seek solutions to the technical and societal challenges of global hyper-connectivity between large numbers of People and Things. We will explore opportunities for a range of novel applications in sustainable and independent living enabled by such networks that will become critically important to sustain large dense cities and alleviate problems of rural depopulation.

Applications for the 2020/21 Academic Year are now open.

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Please apply here.


SFI Centre for Research Training in Artificial Intelligence

The AI CRT aims to create an internationally connected and globally recognised centre of excellence for the training of postgraduate students and the up-skilling of industry-based staff in key technical topics in artificial intelligence. The initiative will provide training in areas related to ethics in artificial intelligence and data analytics, as well as challenges in fairness and transparency of advanced data-driven applications. The proposed Centre for Research Training (CRT) brings together supervisors working across the full spectrum of AI techniques from knowledge representation and reasoning, machine learning, data mining, computer vision, natural language processing, optimisation and decision-making, robotics, and autonomy. The centre will focus strongly on the development of AI solutions in domains such as smart buildings, mobility and transportation, autonomous vehicles, public service delivery, manufacturing, enterprise, cybersecurity, climate change and environment, agriculture, marine, food production, and natural resources.

This centre is a joint initiative between University College Cork, Dublin City University, National University of Ireland Galway, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Limerick. We offer fully-funded PhD scholarships inclusive od fees, a monthly stipend, and a budget for travel and training. We will produce 120 PhD graduates in the field of artificial intelligence in a world-class cohort-based model, working closely with industry and international academic partners. Every student taking part in the programme will spend a number of internships with industry partners or at international partner laboratories.

Applications for the 2020/21 Academic Year are now open.

Please apply here.

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