What will I learn?

The MSc in Computer Science is a flexible, innovative programme which builds on the established portfolio of CS graduate taught courses but is customised to individual student needs and their prior learning experiences.

  • The student has the opportunity to select modules, from a suite of diverse module offerings, that best align with their own individual needs and career goals.
  • Over 100 Modules to choose

Careers & Employability

Previous graduates are in demand and among their recent career destinations are employers Google, SAP, Intel, PayPal, Deloitte, Microsoft, Symantec, HMH, Vilicom, Murex, NYSE Technologies, Realex Payments, Version1, Salesforce, Pfizer, Ericsson, and Intune Networks. Recent graduates have secured roles in areas including: hardware design, software engineering & QA, data programming & analysis, commercialisation of technology, teaching & training, senior management & CEO roles, security & forensics consultancy and bioinformatics R&D.

Course Description

Students have the opportunity to negotiate a programme of learning that is tailored to their own career goals and requirements. Instead of there being a rigorous set of modules that each student must take, as is typical in standard taught MSc programmes, students can prefer to broaden their knowledge across a diverse cross-section of modules offering by Schools such as the UCD School of Computer Science, UCD School of Business, UCD School of Maths & Statistics and the UCD School of Information & Communication Studies. Students enrolling in this MSc are also provided with the opportunity to work on a specialised research task and/or work as part of a research group as part of this programme.

Programme Outcomes

  • Work effectively within a small team of specialists to achieve specific practical goals in solving problems within the IT domain and in cooperation with other stakeholders
  • Effectively marshall a variety of expert skills towards focused goals within the student's chosen IT domain
  • Develop an awareness of the current state of the art within their specific domain of expertise, including future prospects and opportunities
  • Communicate technical work effectively to both a specialised and a general audience in word and in text, through writing and in public presentations
  • Achieve competence across a broad range of foundational subject matter within the IT domain, while developing advanced expertise in one or two selected areas
  • Develop the ability to assess and critique state of the art developments within their chosen filed.
  • Recognise and manage the theoretical diversity found within the many specialties within information technology.

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€24,800.00 (US$ 27,605) per year

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

Start date

Expected September 2020


UCD College of Science

Room E1 09,

UCD O'Brien Centre for Science,



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The normal requirement for entry to a Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. In addition course work and examinations may also be specified by the College at entry; normally these have to be satisfactorily completed in the first year of a Master’s degree programme. IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

For international students

This programme is intended for applicants with a Computer Science or ICT background. An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent in computer science or a related area or a minimum of three years’ relevant industrial work experience is required.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

Famous for teaching and research excellence, and true global reach, UCD is the destination of choice for over 8000 international students.

  • Main campus in Belfield, 4km from Dublin city centre
  • 185th best university in the world
  • Globally recognised for excellent teaching and learning
  • Scholarships available for international students