Courses at DCU
School of Computing

Data Science

data science
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Data Science involves the study of information—where it comes from and the patterns it forms—and how to turn this data into a resource for business, government and social strategies. Data Scientists are investigators, story-tellers and problem-solvers who organize information, find unique ways to communicate its salient points, and think of creative ways to apply it to real world situations.


As a DCU Data Science undergrad, you’ll learn theory in mathematics, statistics, programming, cloud technologies and machine learning. Your qualification will be highly marketable, with global demand across numerous sectors.

The DCU BSc in Data Science combines the three key skill sets of computing, mathematics and enterprise to provide the core knowledge needed to succeed in this growing area.  The course will introduce students to the major concepts in data analytics, management, processing, modelling, visualisation and enterprise.  Partnering with industry provides opportunities to engage with real-world problems and data sets. You will learn to program, to study mathematics and learn to apply these skills to data from the real world, communicating the results to different audiences.  

Modules taught on this programme:  

Year 1
Computer Programming 1
Data Science and Databases
Collaboration and Innovation
Linear Mathematics 1
Computer Programming 2
Linear Mathematics II
Digital Innovation Management & Enterprise
Probability 1

Year 2
Computer Programming 3 (Data Structures and Algorithms)
Probability II
Data Processing & Visualization
Statistics 1
Calculus of Several Variables
Computer Programming 4 (Object Oriented Programming)
Data Warehousing and Data Mining
Introduction to Machine Learning
Programming for Data Analysis
Statistics 2

Year 3
Data Analysis at Speed and Scale
Data Exploration Using Graph Theory
Building Complex Computational Models
Software Engineering: Building Better Software
Application Domains 1
INTRA (Job placement - paid)

Year 4
Research and Experimental Methods 
Natural Language Technologies
Advanced Machine Learning
Application Domains 2
Time Series (Mathematics)
Professional Practice for Data Science
Application Domains 3
Final Year Project

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DCU’s BSc in Data Science is the first degree of its kind in Ireland, collaboratively developed with Insight Centre for Data Analytics and ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology, and with major industry players such as Accenture, AIB, and Fidelity
No prior computing experience needed; we’ll take you from novice to programming expert
Unique combination of mathematical theory, programming practice and communication skills
Industry-relevant, socially responsible, entrepreneurially-driven: solve problems in a large corporations, for society, or for yourself
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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.

Career Areas
Non profit
Career Tags
Business Intelligence Analyst
Chief Data Scientist
Customer Insight Lead
Data Programmer
Data Scientist
Director of Analytics
Knowledge Engineer
Team Leader



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 will be considered on its individual merits.

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

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 B Mathematics 

Leaving Cert

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

Minimum of H2 in Mathematics for entry 2019

Please note that entry requirements for Mathematics for entry 2020 will be a H3

Updated: 3rd Sept 2019

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 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 1st July.