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Faculty of Engineering and Computing

MSc in Electronic Commerce (Technical)

Master of Science in Electronic Commerce (Technical)

  • PAC CodeDC821
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Duration 1 Year

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€7,955
  • Non EU Fees€16,000
About fees & requirements

Closing date for EU students extended to 16th September 2019


Dublin City University School of Computing and Business School have combined to develop and offer a full-time MSc in Electronic Commerce with two distinct concentrations, business and technical. The two concentrations within the same overall Masters degree programme are designed to offer two distinct tracks with a shared e-commerce emphasis to appeal to both technical and business specialists.

The uniqueness of this Masters degree lies in the interaction fostered between participants on its Technical and Business streams. Its specially designed structure sees students of both streams following a common core curriculum, along with a number of modules particular to their stream. Over two taught semesters participants on the Business stream take modules in advanced business topics, as well as some fundamental modules in computing. Simultaneously, students on the Technical stream take advanced computing courses, along with introductory modules in business topics. Hence, this curriculum allows participants to gain a solid grounding in both the technical and strategic issues relating to e-commerce.

The Programme is firmly grounded in the reality of the Information Age. This is reflected in the major project of a practical nature on which students are required to work collaboratively between May and late August. This involves students of both streams coming together to build a prototype e-commerce system that solves a real-world problem or exploits a real-world opportunity. The projects, which may be provided by corporate clients or involve some of the students' own ideas, typically involve market research, formulation of project and business plans, and design and development of a working e-commerce system prototype.


It aims to provide graduates with the multi-faceted skills required to operate successfully in the dynamic e-commerce, mobile technology and other high tech industries. With a strong practical focus, it has a wealth of attractive features for both recent graduates and those wishing to update their skills through full-time study.

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DCU is Ireland's University of Enterprise with an industry engagement strategy which benefits our students in many ways including:

  • Learning from academic experts with high level industry relevant experience ensuring you graduate with the most up-to-date knowledge of theory and practice.
  • Exposure to leading international experts and thought leaders during the conferences relevant to business and technology
  • Working on real-world industry client projects, applying theory and giving you the practical skills and experience demanded by employers today
  • Heavy emphasis on applied learning
  • Strong exposure and critical analysis of existing, new and emerging technologies which enable strategic change.


Career Prospects

The unique mix of skills acquired by students over the course of the programme makes them highly employable. This is true not only in relation to high-tech sector jobs but also for more traditional industries where graduates can develop innovative new systems and processes to enable firms to meet the challenges of the Information Economy.

As a result, graduates have undertaken a variety of careers in Ireland and abroad as software developers, Web authors, business analysts, e-marketing specialists and e-business technologists with such companies as Daimler AG, e-Spatial Solutions, Magico, Microsoft, Mars UK, Deloitte, Accenture and JP Morgan.


General Entry Requirements

  • Candidates must hold at a minimum a second class honours degree at NFQ Level 8  in any of the following disciplines:  Computer Science, Computing, Computer Applications, Engineering, Information Technology, Software Engineering or any related discipline which includes Computer Software Development/Programming as a major component.
  • Candidates with significant industry experience (5 years) in the Electronic Commerce/Software Development sectors, in addition to a primary degree in some other discipline may also apply for entry.
  • 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

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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 Electronic Commerce (Technical) Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €0 €7,955 €16,000