School of Computing

MSc in Computing (with Major Options)

Course Code:
DC836 (FT) DC837 (PT)
Course Type:
NFQ Level:
Delivery Modes
FT-1 Year, PT-2 Years
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Applications for Non EU students have now CLOSED. Link for EU students to apply can be found under the 'Introduction' section and the 'Requirements' section.


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 - Artificial Intelligence (This Major is available Full Time Only)

There is a strong demand for graduates with the highly specialised multi-disciplinary skills that are required in AI, both as practitioners in the development of AI applications and as researchers into the advanced capabilities required for the creation of next-generation AI systems.  This Major is designed to meet this educational need, by providing a balanced programme of instruction across a range of relevant areas.


Major 2 - Secure Software Engineering (This Major is available both Full Time and Part Time)

In this modern age of increased data usage and ubiquitous computing the security of software is more important than ever. This updated and revised MSc. Major in Secure Software Engineering builds a firm base of advanced software engineering skills and emphasises security from start to finish. It will be appropriate for all those tasked with building and researching secure software systems.


Major 3 - Data Analytics (This Major is available both Full Time and Part Time)

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 and ADAPT, the centre for new Human Centric AI techniques. 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 4 - FinTech & Technology Innovation (This Major is available Part Time only)

The innovation potentiated by the emergence of Financial Technologies (FinTech) holds the prospect of a shift of power over everyday financial transactions away from those who have hitherto held it (in large Financial Organizations) and towards the general population, leading to a potential ‘democratisation’ of finance in areas such as Aggregation, Micro Investing and Crowd-funding. Other key application areas of FinTech Innovation have been towards empowering companies in the Financial Services sector, predominantly in Payment Services and Regulatory Compliance by simplifying and automating their processes.

In this major we draw a distinction between those who actually develop the products which have the potential to empower and those who would use them in a business context. It has been developed to deliver the requisite FinTech background knowledge in key underpinning areas such as Data Governance and Financial Time Series as well as technologies necessary in developing Innovative FinTech technologies e.g. AI and Blockchain.

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

About this course

The strong practical focus of the programme culminates in a project practicum, 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.
Please Note:  Part time lectures are scheduled between 4-7pm two evenings a week

Major 1 - Artificial Intelligence (This Major is available Full Time Only)

- Professional and Research Practice

- Foundations of Artificial Intelligence  

- Statistical Data Analysis             

- Data Analytics and Data Mining                       

- Machine Learning                                                

- Artificial Intelligence, Information and Information Seeking                          

- Data Management and Visualization               

- Statistical Machine Translation (Elective)                        

- Mechanics of Search (Elective)                                           

(all of the above are 7.5 ECTS each)

- AI Practicum  30 ECTS


Major 2 - Secure Software Engineering (subject to approval)  (This Major is available both Full Time and Part Time)

- Professional & Research Practice

- System Software

- Secure Programming

- Cryptography and Number Theory

- Formal Programming

- Concurrent Programming

- Software Process Quality

- Network Security

(all of the above are 7.5 ECTS each)

 - SSE Practicum 30 ECTS


Major 3 - Data Analytics (This Major is available both Full Time and Part Time)

- Professional & Research Practice

- Statistical Data Analysis

- Cloud Technologies

- Data Management and Visualisation

- Mathematical Methods/Computational Science

- Artificial Intelligence, Information and Information Seeking

- Data Analytics and Data Mining

- Machine Learning

(all of the above are 7.5 ECTS each)

- DA Practicum 30 ECTS


Major 4 - FinTech and Technology and Innovation (This Major is available part-time only)

Year 1 - Semester 1

Professional and Research Practice

FinTech - Financial Innovation




Year 1 - Semester 2

Data Governance

Blockchain:  Basics and Applications




Year 2 - Semester 1

Statistical Data Analysis

High Tech Innovation & Entrepreneurship for FinTech




Year 2 - Semester 2

Machine Learning

Data Analytics and Data Mining




Year 2 - Autumn

FinTech Practicum




View the current course structure

Why do this course?

  • Flexibility: Several major options to choose from and students can choose between part-time or full-time study.
  • 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.
  • Career Opportunities: There is a major shortage of skilled candidates for computing roles in Ireland and indeed worldwide which means that there are ample job opportunities in this area.
  • Starting Salaries: Salaries for graduates who are working in the ICT sector are generally higher than many other industries.


The MSc in Computing aims to help meet the demand from industry for recruitment of personnel with significant exposure to relevant, advanced topics in computing. This 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.

The focused nature of the majors on our MSc in Computing will ensure that you are in a pole position to gain employment in a wide range of jobs in Ireland and overseas. Graduates of this course have gained employment as a:

  • Software Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • IT Project Analyst
  • Performance Engineer
  • Python/Java Developer
  • Web Applications Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • Technical Analyst
  • Technical Consultant
  • Data Analyst

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in leading companies including Google, Facebook, Hubspot, Intel, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and much more. 

Others have progressed to PhD research and gained further advancement and recognition.


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.



Full time

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Part time

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Next Steps

Make an Application

To apply for this programme:

  • All applicants should apply through  Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.
  • 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 EU applicants is 10th September 2021.
  • Applications for Non EU students have now CLOSED. However, Non EU applications are still open for our MEng in Electronic and Computer Engineering. Click here to find out more. 

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



Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2021.