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Course Title
Faculty of Engineering and Computing

Computational Problem Solving and Software Development

BSc in Computational Problem Solving and Software Development

  • CAO CodeDC122
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Duration 4 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€0
  • Non EU Fees€0
About fees & requirements

Please note this this course will not be on offer in 2017/2018 


The degree in Computational Problem Solving and Software Development (CPSSD) is aimed at students with an evinced passion for and ability in computer programming and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Software is developed to solve problems and to create innovative new products, services and apps, and it’s being applied in a large and ever-growing number of contexts, from business to climatology, from ICT to health. The programme requires a level of pre-developed computer programming skills and to be considered for admission, you must submit a portfolio that demonstrates your computing expertise and interests.

Your course work will be split between academic modules and software development projects (typically carried out in teams). The teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills you acquire will be applicable to non-ICT scenarios, and graduates become active citizens and future shapers.

View the subjects currently taught on this undergraduate course (2016 - 2017)

Why do this course?

  • The BSc in Computational Problem Solving and Software Development (CPSSD) is the first of its kind in Ireland
  • Students are mentored closely, particularly in the first two years, and a significant number of our industrial partners are keen to jointly mentor the student projects.
  • You will have significant input into the direction your studies take you and you will spend one year on a paid industrial work placement.

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


As a CPSSD graduate, you’ll be 'fluent' in problem solving, software development and general ICT skills, drawing many prospective employers both in Ireland and worldwide.

If you have an entrepreneurial flair, you’ll also be encouraged and supported to set up your own company and commercialise your ideas.

You’ll have a wealth of job opportunities available to them when you graduate, including:

  • Consultant
  • Programmer
  • Software Architect
  • Software Developer
  • Software Project Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Technical Director

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of O1 or H4 in Mathematics and a Programming Portfolio

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level B

FETAC Level 5

No Entry Path

Transfer Applications

There is no transfer entry to third year of Computational Problem Solving and Software Development. Special note: All applicants to the BSc in Computational Problem Solving and Software Development (CPSSD) programme must submit a portfolio and be interviewed. Visit portfolio-interview for more details on portfolio requirements.

International Applications

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

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here