Postgraduate
MSc Computing Science

University College Cork

Course Overview


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.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options

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.


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 18,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • The aim of the course is to provide you with the skills required to understand the entrepreneurship and innovation required in the software industry.
  • 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

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

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.
• Applicants from other suitably qualified candidates, or from those with equivalent technical experience/qualifications, will be considered.

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET):
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): DET 100-110 + Skills Check. DET 115 or more eligible for full offer
IELTS Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5
TOEFL Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): TOEFL 80 Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing 17
CPE Cambridge Proficiency Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
CAE Cambridge Advanced Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
Pearson PTE Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture): 59 Minimum individual sections 51
Trinity ISE:
Trinity ISE III with at least merit in each skill category

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


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.

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