Courses at DCU
School of Computing

Computer Applications

Student working in computer lab
CAO Code:
DC121
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8
Delivery Modes
Full-Time
Minimum Points:
400
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Computing technology is all around us in our everyday lives. As intelligent, innovative and forward-thinking people continue to develop technology, it can help us to solve problems in a great range of applications (e.g. traffic circulation, climate modeling, the study of diseases, systems engineering, business modeling and ecology).

This degree prepares you for a career in computing and information technology. It gives you in-depth knowledge of software engineering and the practical skills to apply this knowledge to develop the technology behind computer games, mobile phones, the Internet, web applications, entertainment systems and many other computing-based products.

"Computer Applications has a lot of continuous assessments so you can often pass the module before you sit an exam, which is really helpful.  It takes a lot of stress off"

 

There is a maths learning centre on campus and if you are struggling at all, they will help you"

"It's a really exciting time to be studying Computer Applications.  There are lots of employment opportunities out there and lots of companies looking for someone like me"

Your first year of the Computer Applications course will be devoted to gaining a strong competence in computer programming and to acquiring essential mathematical skills. In subsequent years, specialisms in software engineering will equip you with the necessary skills to create software and innovative ways of using it. Examples include web applications, computer games, mobile applications and the software that is contained in the devices we use on a daily basis (e.g. mobile phones, entertainment systems and cars).

 In Year Three, you’ll have the opportunity to spend six months on paid work placement. The INTRA programme integrates academic study with closely related jobs and will help you to stand out in the graduate employment market.

You’ll complete major projects in Years Three and Four. These projects provide an opportunity for you to put into practice the software development techniques studied in class. An annual display of the final-year students’ work will allow you to showcase your talents to the industrial and business communities. It also allows potential employers to experience the high standard and broad range of the development work carried out by you on the course. This is very popular with industry and draws many prospective employers keen to hire DCU graduates.

The BSc in Computer Applications is Ireland’s most popular computing degree
Computing technology is and will remain all around us in our everyday lives.
Obtain in-depth knowledge of software engineering and the practical skills to apply this knowledge.
Gain experience with six months paid INTRA work placement.
Graduates work in some of today’s most innovative and exciting fields, such as computer games, graphics, robotics, mobile computing and electronic commerce.
Your skills will be recognised and valued the world over.
View the current course structure

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.

Ciara McAuley, Computer Applications.

"Computer Applications has a lot of continuous assessments so you can often pass the module before you sit an exam, which is really helpful.  It takes a lot of stress off"

 

There is a maths learning centre on campus and if you are struggling at all, they will help you"

"It's a really exciting time to be studying Computer Applications.  There are lots of employment opportunities out there and lots of companies looking for someone like me"

Career Areas
Computing and Electronic Companies
Finance Companies
Self Employment
Career Prospects
Software Engineers
Programmers
Systems Analysts
Web Developers
Cloud Computing Developers
App Developers
Technical Consultants
Computer Studies Teachers (degree recognised by the Teaching Council)

Some Computer Applications graduates choose to start their own businesses, others begin careers as:

Career Tags
App Developer
Cloud Computing Developer
Programmer
Research and Development
Software Engineer
Systems Analyst
Teaching
Technology Consultant
Web Developer

Fees

Requirements

Transfer Applications

Holders of Higher Certificate/National Certificates in Computing with Credit or Distinction or Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma in Computing with Credit may be admitted into second year.  Holders of Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma in Computing with Distinction may, in exceptional circumstances, be admitted into third year.  Each case wil be considered on its individual merits

Make an Application

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

FETAC Level 5

No Entry Path

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 C or GCSE C Mathematics

Leaving Cert

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

Minimum of O4 or H6 in Mathematics

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.

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Next Steps

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

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.

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July