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Faculty of Engineering and Computing

MSc in Computing (with Major Options)

Master of Science in Computing

  • PAC CodeDC836 (FT) DC837 (PT)
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Duration Full Time 1 Year; Part Time 2 Years

Please Note:  Part time lectures are scheduled between 4-7pm two evenings a week


The MSc in Computing offers a choice of Majors, designed to equip graduates with a range of cutting-edge skills, enabling them to produce high-quality software and systems that deliver solutions to business and the economy.

Major 1 - Data Analytics

This exciting new Major, delivered in conjunction with leading industry players, builds on the School of Computing's expertise and its involvement with Insight, Science Foundation Ireland's Centre for Data Analytics. Technologies such as the internet, sensor nets, social media and cloud computing are generating vast amounts of data. To say we are drowning in information is an understatement. Yet in this vast sea of raw data, there are gems of knowledge that can be used to improve processes and generate value. This Major provides students with a deep understanding of the issues, techniques and tools to examine large amounts of raw data in order to extract meaningful conclusions from the information these contain.

Major 2- Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is a paradigm that is changing the way we access computing resources. Computing resources can be accessed anytime, from anywhere. This Major examines the techniques required for this paradigm shift and investigates fundamental issues relating to cloud architecture, cloud security, data mining and networks.

Major 3 - Software Engineering

This Major builds upon the expertise within the School of Computing and its participation in Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre. This Major will equip software engineering professionals with additional cutting-edge skills to produce high-quality software and systems that deliver value to business and the economy.

Major 4 - Security and Forensic Computing

Computer security is a topic that is constantly in the news and is becoming a central issue in our IT-driven society. The programme focuses on security of all software systems and attacks the problem through emphasising preventive approaches. The programme's dual approach studies system fundamentals and cryptographic methods, as well as exploring forensic investigative techniques.

Graduates from the programme will be well-positioned to advance their careers in a fast-changing industry.


Please Note:  Part time lectures are scheduled between 4-7pm two evenings a week

The strong practical focus of the programme culminates in a project, carried out over the summer months. Typically, students will develop a prototype software system in their Major area that targets a real-world problem. They may also analyse processes or techniques, and propose and evaluate alternatives. Most projects are individual but, exceptionally, may be carried out as part of a team.

Students may also be sponsored by external clients or develop their own ideas. Typically, projects commence with a feasibility study, followed by the creation of a project plan and development of a software application or rigorous theoretical analysis.

Over the duration of the programme, students will develop employment-enhancing skills across a number of key areas. These include:

  • Enhancement of proven ability to engineer software
  • Improvement of knowledge of operating systems and networks
  • Development of strong, team-based skills, developed through significant project work during the course
  • Enhanced communication skills through scheduled presentations to lecturers and peers
  • Improved understanding of the business and social context of their work and awareness of new directions
  • Development of research skills to enable contribution of novel ideas, methods and tools to new challenges in their professional careers.
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Fees Reduction

Flexibile choice of part-time and full-time study and several major options to choose from.

Modern: This course is kept continually up-to-date to reflect changing trends within the computing sector.

Relevant: Acquire knowledge and skills that are in high demand in industry.

The most up-to-date information on fees is available on this website.


The MSc in Computing (with Major), MCM, aims to help meet the demand from industry for recruitment of personnel with significant exposure to relevant, advanced topics in computing. The MCM Programme is suitable for both experienced professionals and recent graduates. It enables software professionals with a number of years' experience to improve proficiency across a range of key disciplines in the field and to update skills beyond the narrow remit of training courses.

It also supports recent graduates of computing and cognate disciplines to gain specialised knowledge and skills for higher-level industry entry at an early stage in their careers.


General Entry Requirements

For entry onto this programme, candidates must hold, a second class honours degree or higher in Computer Science, Computing or Computer Applications

All Applications:

  • Certified academic transcripts for all years of study at college or university in original language*
  • Copy of passport
  • Certified copy of parchment / degree certificate*
  • Personal statement of max 500 words, to include a description of their programming lanaguage and project experience

* Where an applicant is in their final year of their undergraduate degree, please submit certified transcripts for all years completed to date.

International Applications
In addition to the above, non-native English speakers must also submit;

  • Certified English translations of academic transcripts and parchment / degree certificate

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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Dates for Submission of Applications September 2019

Applications to this Programme will be accepted on a rolling basis, the final date for receipt of applications is 9th August 2019.

Apply online for DC836 (Full-time) through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( for the September 2019 intake.

Study Visas

Applicants requiring a student visa for entry to Ireland are encouraged to inquire with the relevant Irish embassy as to the closing date for application for such visas. This may involve significant processing times. Applicants who do not secure a study visa in time will be unable to take up their offer of a place on any DCU programme. Non-EU nationals who require a study visa for entry to Ireland are ineligible for part-time programmes.

Queries on completed applications can be made by e-mail to