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MSc Computer Science - Computing Science

Course Description

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.

Visit the website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ckr40/

Course Details

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)
- Research & Development Project (30 credits)

Core Modules

CS6403 Case Studies in Computing Entrepreneurship (5 credits) - Dr. John Herbert
CS6406 Large-Scale Application Development and Integration 1 (5 credits) - Prof. Gregory Provan
CS6407 Large-Scale Application Development and Integration 2 (5 credits) - Prof. Gregory Provan
CS6408 Database Technology (5 credits) - Mr. Humphrey Sorensen
CS6409 Information Storage and Retrieval (5 credits) - Mr. Humphrey Sorensen
CS6410 Project Development Skills (5 credits) - Mr. Marc Van Dongen

Elective Modules Group I

CS6312 Mobile Devices and Systems (5 credits) - Dr. Dan Grigoras
CS6314 Mobile Applications Design (5 credits) - Dr. Sabin Tabirca
CS6320 Formal Methods for Distributed Systems (5 credits) - Dr. John Herbert
CS6321 Model-Based Software Development (5 credits) - Dr. John Herbert
CS6322 Optimisation (5 credits) - Dr. Steve Prestwich

Elective Modules Group 2

CS6313 Services and Mobile Middleware (5 credits) - Dr. Dan Grigoras
CS6315 Mobile Systems Security (5 credits)
CS6316 Cellular Network Services (5 credits)
CS6317 Multimedia Technology in Mobile Networks (5 credits) - Dr. Sabin Tabirca
CS6323 Analysis of Networks and Complex Systems (5 credits) - Prof. Gregory Provan
CS6325 Network Security (5 credits) - Dr. Simon Foley
CS6405 Datamining (5 credits) - Dr. Marc Van Dongen

Research Phase (after period 2)

CS6400 Dissertation in Computing Science (30 credits)


Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2015 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2015/2016 - http://www.ucc.ie/modules/

- 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.


Companies actively recruiting Computer Science graduates in 2014-15 include:

Accenture, Aer Lingus, Amazon, Apple, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Ireland, BT, Cisco, CiTi-Technology, Cloudreach, Dell, Digital Turbine Asia Pacific, 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).

How to apply: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

Funding and Scholarships

Information regarding funding and available scholarships can be found here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cblgradschool/current/fundingandfinance/fundingscholarships/

Visit the MSc Computer Science - Computing Science page on the University College Cork website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Tom Collins

1906.jpg After completing an undergraduate degree in Business Information Systems in UCC I was looking to expand my technical knowledge. I chose the MSc Computing Science as it offers a fantastic mix of general computing concepts as well as modules on new technologies such as Android and Objective C. The course has a very strong practical element with much of the learning coming from lab practical’s and continuous assessment.
After finishing the course I was offered a job as an Application Developer in Credit Suisse, London. I now work as a .NET developer on the bank’s .NET application framework.


UCC Postgraduate Bursaries for Taught Programmes - 20+ Awards

UCC are offering bursaries to students who have lost funding because of the changes to the Student Grant Scheme in the 2012 Budget. There has been a substantial increase in the number of postgraduate students in Ireland in recent years but it is feared that the change in the Student Grant Scheme as part of Budget 2012 may affect the numbers adversely.UCC have decided not to limit the number of bursaries as supplying suitably qualified graduates is one of its actions to support the government’s 2012 Action Plan for Jobs. “There is great merit in offering these Bursaries”, says Dr Michael Murphy, President of UCC. “We know that the removal of the Government grant will have caused some problems for students and we hope that this measure alleviates the financial difficulties. This support for our postgraduate students complements the support that UCC offers disadvantaged students through it Access programme and Talented Student Programme at UCC. We think it is very important to support our students at this time as well-qualified postgraduate students will be an important part of Ireland’s economic recovery”. In 2011, 3,691 postgraduate students registered to study across UCCs four Colleges (College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, College of Business and Law, College of Medicine and Health and the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science) undertaking studies ranging from Higher Diplomas to doctoral research degrees. With over 200 taught and research programmes, UCC is one of the most popular universities for postgraduate study in Ireland. UCC’s excellent reputation and support for all students, especially disadvantages students, is one of the major reasons for its designation as the ‘Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2011-12’ and ‘Ireland’s first Five Star University’ (QS Stars 2011). Other national programmes that provide financial support for suitably qualified students to undertake postgraduate studies include the Graduate Skills Conversion Programme (GSCP), a joint initiative with the Department of Education and Science and the Higher Education Authority. The aim of this programme is to provide graduates with the opportunity to acquire qualifications for employment in the ICT area. These postgraduate courses are provided at reduced fees (€2,750) and aim to enhance Ireland’s competency in this economically important area. ICT is just one of the many options available to students; the full range of UCC post graduate programmes is available on http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/what/colleges/

Value of Scholarship(s)



The bursaries are specifically designed to ensure that students who were previously in receipt of a local authority grant and as a result of the changes in the scheme are no longer eligible are not disadvantaged.To be eligible, the student must have qualified for Local Authority, VEC or Department of Education grants in the final year of their bachelor’s degrees. The bursaries are not limited to UCC graduates; the scheme is open to students from any Irish HE institution who graduated since 2009 and who will commence a full time taught Post graduate programme in UCC in September 2012.

Application Procedure

Full details of the bursary scheme are on the University website http://www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/fees/

Further Information



Graduate Skills Conversion Programme - 20+ Awards

The Graduate Skills Conversion Programme (GSCP) is a joint initiative with the Department of Education and Science and the Higher Education Authority.The aim of the programme is to provide graduates with the opportunity to acquire qualifications for employment in the ICT area. A greatly reduced fee applies to all courses under this programme. For 2012-13 the fee is €2,750 if studying the programme full time. If you are studying the programme part time a fee of €1,700 is payable in the first year and a similar fee is payable in the second year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Reduced fees: €2, 750 approx


Prospective postgraduate students living or working in an EU country for three of last five years. Non-EU applicants don't qualify. Each course has different academic eligibility criteria; click here to find course information: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/what/PostgraduateFunding/FundedProgrammes

Application Procedure

As places are limited on these courses students are advised http://www.pac.ie/ apply online as soon as possible to secure a place. In the case of the Graduate Skills programmes, funding will be based on all PAC EU taught applications.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Candidates must normally have obtained at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in Computer Science or a closely related discipline. English language proficiency View Website

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