What will I learn?

Do you want to develop knowledge and skills in an exciting and fast-moving field? Do you want a degree from a top ranked Irish university? Then this BSc in Information Technology degree is for you.

This level 8 honours DCU degree is delivered through online learning and so is more flexible than a full-time, or part-time, campus based programme.

Depending on your existing level of education, you may complete this degree in a 2 – 4 year or 4 – 8 year time frame.

About the course

The DCU Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is a Level 8 (on the National Framework of Qualifications), honours degree programme, which provides students with critical insight into the application of Information Technology to the processes of administration, management and innovation within a range of businesses and other organisations. The programme should be of particular relevance if you are working or aspiring to work in the IT industry.

This degree offers students great flexibility in that they can vary the number of modules they register for each year to match the other responsibilities in their life. Given that registering for a module means committing to the workload associated with that module this flexibility allows a student to only take on the work they can accommodate in a given year. When deciding how much work to take on students should consider the time needed to: study learning materials; actively participate in tutorials; interact with tutors and other students in the online discussion forums and complete assignments. Students on this programme also have a good degree of flexibility in terms of time, place and pace of studying as they do not have to attend campus-based classes on a regular basis.

BSc in Information Technology in 2–4 years

In order to complete this programme in a 2 – 4 year time frame, you should hold an academic qualification - a National Diploma/Ordinary Degree (NFQ Level 7) or equivalent (normally 120 ECTS credits) in a cognate area, for example in Computing or Electronics, normally with credit or distinction.

You must confirm your eligibility by applying for Direct Entry. Application forms are available upon request or you can download them from the Programme Forms section of our website (select the Open Education tab).

Course Structure:

BSc in 4 – 8 years

On this course you will study fourteen (14) modules; four at level 1, four at level 2 and six at degree level. The modular courses cover six main areas of study. They are:

  • Networks
  • Computer Programming
  • Software Development
  • User Experience (Ux)
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Most of these subject areas are presented as a suite of modules, which cover different aspects of that subject. Each module at level 1 and level 2 is awarded 15 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits. Each degree level module is awarded 20 ECTS credits. These credits accumulate towards your award of degree or diploma.

To complete the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Information Technology you need to successfully complete fourteen modules, equating to 240 ECTS credits. Students may elect to exit with a Diploma on successful completion of the eight modules at level 1 and 2, equating to 120 ECTS credits.

The programme team reviews and updates the course annually; there may be changes to the structure, content and presentation of the programme in future years.

BSc in 2–4 years

Students who have entered with a level 7 qualification or equivalent, and have been granted direct entry to degree level modules, must successfully complete the six degree level modules in order to be eligible for the award of BSc in Information Technology.

Study options

Online/Distance (2 - 4 year or 4 - 8 year time frame)

Tuition fees
The Tuition fee for each DCU Connected module in an undergraduate online degree programme is €900 for EU students and €1,288 for non-EU students.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2020

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: a minimum score of 580 in the paper-based test of TOEFL; 237 (computer-based), Grade C in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; Grade B in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English.

For international students

Applicants aged over 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry are eligible for admission to the programme subject to submission of an application form and payment of a deposit. Applicants under 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry must satisfy the normal minimum degree entry requirements of Dublin City University.

Candidates for direct entry to the degree level modules must have an academic qualification in a cognate area - a National Diploma/Ordinary Degree (NFQ Level 7) or equivalent in Computing or Electronics, normally with credit or distinction. Direct Entry is only granted where an award at the same level as the BSc in Information Technology (Level 8 on NFQ) has NOT been conferred on the applicant by another institution on foot of those credits.

  • Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D3
  • GCE A-Level English Language: Grade D
  • IELTS: Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component
  • TOEFL: 237 (computer-based), 580 (paper-based test)
  • TOEFL iBT: Total Score of 92
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP): C1
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 63 (with a minimum of 59 in all components)

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