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MSc in Computing

Course Duration
1-2 Years
Course Level
Level 9
Course Start Date

Course Summary

The Masters of Science (MSc) in Computing is a 1 year full time (2 year part-time) taught course that introduces some of the latest emerging technologies in the areas of cloud computing, embedded systems, secure architecture and Artificial Intelligence. The course allows the student to study the framework of computer science from a theoretical point of view and apply this knowledge to the development of industrial software in a research-led dissertation. The focus is on ensuring that the student has the appropriate mathematical foundations and programming to develop cutting edge skills for practical application.

Communication skills and research are key skills embraced here as students enhance their knowledge through research led dissertation, student presentations and group work. The programme may run in both on a full- time and part-time basis and because of its modular nature includes the possibility of registering for individual modules, contact us for further information.

Students will develop advanced skills and knowledge in the areas of software development, project management, research capabilities and entrepreneurial skills.

Graduates of this programme will be capable of:

  • Designing, managing and developing complex quality-assured software systems;
  • Identifying computing problems that require further research and developing research strategies for the investigation of these problems;
  • Analysing and critically evaluating emerging technologies and trends in the computing industry from a business opportunity perspective;
  • Taking responsibility for the work of individuals and groups, and will develop a high level of competence in initiating, leading and managing technology projects and processes.

In full-time mode: students will take four taught modules in each of two 15-week semesters. The Research Project will subsequently be completed within three months.

In part-time mode: students will take two taught modules in each of four 15-week semesters. The Research Project will subsequently be completed within three to six months. The part-time course will be, where possible, delivered in manner that facilitates people in full-time employment.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Stage 1 / Semester 1 (Mandatory)

Stage 1 / Semester 2 (Mandatory)

Stage 1 / Semester 3 (Mandatory)

The MSc in Computing will provide you with the skills and knowledge to develop your interests in an IT career. Typical career paths include software engineering, software design, systems support engineer, software engineering researcher, and project management.

Advanced interaction design and evaluation, analysis and visualisation of data from medical sensor devices and pervasive systems, and advanced computational techniques are extensively covered opening a vast range of industrial and research based employment opportunities.

Please find information on fees and funding here

You may be eligible for financial support for this course through the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) system. Find out more

The standard minimum entry requirements for admission to the Master of Science in Computing are:

  • A minimum Second Class Honours (2.2) in Computing, or equivalent qualification in a cognate discipline or
  • Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Level 8 award (DkIT)

Strong programming skills are essential.

In the case of competition for places selection will be made on the basis of primary degree results and/or interview.


Dr Fiona Lawless (Head of Computing Science and Mathematics)
Phone: +353 42 9370200

Course Type Postgraduate
Study Mode Full-Time, Part-Time
Level 9
Duration 1-2 Years
Starting Date September
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Computing Science and Mathematics
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method On Campus

How To Apply

Apply Directly to DkIT

Apply directly to DkIT using our online applications system. Please remember to upload the required documentation (copies of your existing qualification(s), your CV, any other support documents etc) with your online application to expedite your application. To avoid disappointment early registration is recommended.

International Application (non-EU)

International Applicants (not from or living in the EU) can apply through an agent or directly to DkIT to study this course.

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).