Course Detail

Master of Computer Science Incl Professional Experience


From driving cancer research forward to accurately predicting the weather, Computer Scientists are powering progress. In fact everything from social care to cybersecurity or even space travel, relies on the talents of Computer Science graduates. We would say the sky is the limit, but we’re already well beyond that!

A degree in Computer Science teaches you to approach technical problems creatively. It also gives you the information and understanding to find ground-breaking solutions to the world’s emerging problems. The course will also equip you with the practical skills to approach the specification, design, construction and use of computer systems.

In an ever changing technological climate, the Computer Science degree programme is constantly evolving to anticipate emerging digital breakthroughs. You will cover topics like machine learning, augmented reality and data analytics, but also receive a grounding in skills like hardware architecture, software engineering and simulation & modelling too.

Employer experience is paramount in this this course, from day one you will learn from prospective employers about ‘real world’ challenges. Industry placements, company sponsored hackathons and project based learning form a core part of the curriculum and vastly improve our graduate employability rates.

IntroductionThese degrees aim to teach the fundamental principles of Computer Science, together with the necessary skills, tools and techniques to enable our graduates to embark on careers as professional software engineers, or to become suitably qualified to undertake research in Computer Science. As with all of our courses, industrial engagement forms an integral part, balancing academic theory with practical learning.

Single Honours BEng/BSc students spend a year on a paid, full-time placement - the School has links with over 500 local, national and international employers, eg BT, Liberty IT, Asidua, Kainos (Belfast), IBM (England), Microsoft, Sun Microsystems (Dublin), Fujitsu (Japan) and Siemens (Germany), and students are assisted in obtaining placements.

The programme contains the following themes which may change due to the nature of the IT Industry and keeping up with industrial trends:
Year 1• Programming
• Computer Architecture, Networks and
• Introductory Software Engineering
• Rigorous Problem-solving
Year 2• Advanced Programming (including Java, C++ and Android)
• Architecture and Networks
• Data Structures, Algorithms and Programming Languages
• Information Modelling
• Computation Theory

Students on a sandwich programme will spend
a year on a paid full-time placement. The
School has links with over 500 local, national
and international employers, eg BT, Liberty
IT, Civica, Kainos (Belfast), IBM (England),
Microsoft, Oracle (Dublin), Fujitsu (Japan) and
Siemens (Germany), and students are assisted
in obtaining placements.
Year 3Placement Year
Year 4• Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data
• Advanced Computer Architecture
• Concurrent Programming
• Information System Security
• Secure Software Design
• Video Analytics and Machine Learning
• Malware Analysis
• Formal Methods
• Computer Science Project

These advanced modules permit each student
to tailor their skills towards one or more areas
of computer science specialism.
Year 5This four or five year extended degree has
been established to provide a supply of
particularly well-qualified graduates who
will become industry leaders. It contains a
blend of Computer Science and Software
Engineering knowledge and skills, as well
as skills in conducting state-of-the-art
research. Students have the option of a year’s
professional experience in industry.

The first two years and much of Year 3 are
common with the BSc/BEng degree. Transfer
to the MEng is possible for selected students
at the end of Stage 2, subject to performance.
Stage 4 themes include:
• Algorithms: Analysis and Applications
• High Performance Computing: Principles of
Parallel Programming
• Advanced Machine Learning
• Advanced Software Engineering
• Computer Science Research and
Development Project

Course Information

  • IELTS: 6/5.5

  • Scholarship: Yes

  • Tuition Fee: £20,800 Per Year

Admission Requirements

A level requirements
AAB including Computing, Mathematics or Software Systems Development + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
AAA including Chemistry, Digital Technology, GCE A-level ICT (not Single Award Applied ICT), Physics, Technology and Design or Double Award Applied ICT + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
Irish leaving certificate requirements
H2H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Mathematics
H2H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in Chemistry or Physics + Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
34 points overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level to include Higher Level Mathematics.
36 points overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level to include Higher Level Chemistry or Physics.

If not offered at Higher Level/GCSE then Standard Level grade 4 in English would be accepted.
BTEC Extended diploma
A relevant computing, engineering or scientific QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 160 credits at Distinction grade and 20 credits at Merit grade+ GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
A relevant computing, engineering or scientific RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with at least 900 GLH at Distinction grade (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) and 180 GLH at Merit grade + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
A minimum of a 2:1 Honours Degree, provided that subject specific requirements are met
All applicants
Computer Science, Computing Information Technology and Software Engineering share a common core of modules in the first year, so students may therefore transfer between these degrees at the end of first year, subject to meeting the normal progression requirements.
Further information
Applicants for the MEng degree will automatically be considered for admission to the BSc degree if they are not eligible for entry to the BSc degree both at initial offer making stage and when results are received.