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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

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€6,950
  • Non EU Fees€17,000
About fees & requirements

Closing date for EU students extended to 16th September 2019

Please Note:  

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

All Majors for 2019 September intake are now full

Major in Cloud Computing and Major in Security/Forensics is not on offer to part-time students


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 (September 2019 now full) 

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 - Software Engineering (September 2019 intake now full) (This Major will not be on offer after September 2019)

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 3 - Cloud Computing (full time students only not on offer to part- time students) (September 2019 intake now full)

(This Major will not be on offer after September 2019)

This major in Cloud Computing provides comprehensive knowledge and skills in international priority areas such as cloud architecture, cloud security, data mining and networks.  The programme gives students the flexibility to select additional options, and to specialise in their chosen area by completing a substantial technical cloud research project.  It will provide skilled, technology aware experts to meet growing national needs in Cloud Computing technologies with the ability to deploy solutions that leverage the technical and economic advantages of cloud computing  IBM is the DCU Strategic Enterprise partner for the MCM (Cloud) programme

Major 4 - Security and Forensic Computing (full time students only not on offer to part- time students) (September 2019 intake now full)

(This Major will not be on offer after September 2019)

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.
View the current course structure →


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.
  • International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competancy in the English language.  More information about DCU's English language requirements can be found here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants should apply through PAC;

  • Search for course code DC836 for Full-Time or DC837 for Part-Time. 
  • Please submit certified academic transcripts for all years of study at college or university in original language*, with certified English translations
  • In not more than 500 words, provide a description of your programming language and project experience. 
  • If applicable, evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link 

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

Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until the following dates: 

  • Closing date for non EU applicants is 12th July 2019.
  • Closing date for EU applicants is 16th September 2019.

Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.


Queries from EU applicants should be directed to

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to


Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2019.


Fees & Payments

An Automated Telephone system is available 24 X 7 on the following number 01-253-0219. This number is for Student Fee payments only and you or a third party are required to have your student ID number, date of birth and a card on which the payment is to be made.

International students are advised to use our Pay to Study platform which is an easier and safer way to pay fees.

For complete information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet and also our Student Fee Protocol Booklet.

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Master of Science in Computing Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €0 €6,950 €17,000