Maynooth University Department of Computer Science

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Qualification : BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH201

CAO Points : 350

How the Bachelor of Science degree works:
1st year
  • Four subjects in 1st year, one of which is Mathematics.
  • Students choose their three other science subjects from the seven subjects available which may include Critical Skills.
  • No decision about subject choice is necessary until four weeks after commencement of 1st year. This gives you a chance to sample various subjects and make an informed decision.
  • As is the case with the majority of our degrees, students can choose Critical Skills in 1st year. This is an optional 15 credit course, only available to 1st years, which focuses on developing skills such as effective communication, creative thinking and problem solving - skills that will benefit you in learning, employment and in life.
  • Note that Data Science may not be taken with Critical Skills.
2nd year
  • Continue with three of your 1st year subjects.
  • There are transfer pathways to other degrees such as MH212 Science (with Education), Mathematics and Computer Science (with Education), Mathematics (with Education), MH602 Computer Science and Software Engineering and MH304 Electronic Engineering. The transfer criteria are set out in the BSc subject information pages.
3rd year
  • Continue with two subjects
4th year
  • Continue with one or two subjects
1st year
> Mathematics (required in 1st year)
Plus choose three subjects from:
> Biology
> Chemistry
> Computer Science
> Data Science7
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics
> Critical Skills7
 
2nd year

Continue with 3 of the 4 subjects taken in 1st year
> Biology
> Chemistry
> Computer Science1
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics
> Mathematics
> Statistics4
> Electives (10 credit optional)

3rd year

Continue with 2 of the 3 subjects taken in 2nd year
> Applied Mathematics
> Biology
> Chemistry3
> Computer Science2
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics3
> Mathematics (Pure)
> Statistics4 5

4th year

Double Major: continue with your two subjects taken in third year
> Applied Mathematics
> Biology
> Chemistry3
> Computer Science2
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics3
> Mathematics (Pure)
> Statistics4 5

or

Single Major: continue with one of the two subjects taken in third year
> Applied Mathematics
> Biology
> Chemistry3
> Computer Science2
> Engineering Science6
> Experimental Physics
> Mathematical Physics3
> Mathematics (Pure)

NOTES:

1 Students taking Computer Science in second year must also take Mathematics.
2 Students intending to take Computer Science as a Single Major degree must take Mathematics (Pure) or Applied Mathematics in third year.
3 Chemistry and Mathematical Physics cannot be taken together in third or fourth year.
4 Statistics may not be taken with Mathematical Physics in any year, or with Chemistry in third and fourth year. Students taking Statistics must also take Mathematics in second year.
5 Statistics in second year is open to all students who achieve 55% or more in first year Mathematics. Students taking Statistics in second year must also take Mathematics. Statistics can be, but does not have to be, combined with Mathematics in third and fourth year. Statistics may not be taken with Mathematical Physics in any year, or with Chemistry in third and fourth year.
6 Engineering Science cannot be taken with Biology. Students taking Engineering Science must also take Computer Science. Students may take Computer Science and not take Engineering Science.
7 Data Science cannot be combined with either Mathematical Physics or Critical Skills. Students taking Data Science in first year can follow on with Statistics in second year, provided they get 55% in first year Mathematics. However, Data Science in first year in not a requirement for taking Statistics in second year.

  • As a student of science or engineering at Maynooth, you will have access to leading researchers working in research institutes including the Callan Institute, Hamilton Institute, Institute of Immunology and National Centre for Geocomputation – all of which are associated with the Faculty.
  • You will develop strong problem-solving and analytical skills during your degree with your theoretical knowledge reinforced through practical sessions in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • You will develop advanced teamwork, leadership, and numeracy skills – all of which are highly valued in many sectors of the labour market.
  • The industries/sectors employing science graduates include:

> Agriculture
> Aerospace
> Biomedical
> Biotechnology
> Chemical
> Diagnostics
> Energy
> Environmental consultancy
> Food processing
> Hospitals
> ICT
> Manufacturing (including cosmetics, computers, electronics, medical equipment)
> Medical technologies
> Ophthalmic
> Pharmaceutical
> Research & development
> Scientific publishers
> Teaching
> Telecommunications
> Water/environmental control

*Up to 10 places are available in second year MH212 Science (with Education) or Mathematics and Computer Science (with Education) or Mathematics (with Education) for students who have successfully completed first year MH201. Selection is on the basis of results and interview.

This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes O4 H7
Science Yes O6 H7

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on your application. Science test and/or interview. 
 
O4/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required.
 
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2019. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2019.
 
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2019 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2019

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, O4/H7 Mathematics & O6/H7 in a Science subject (i.e. Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry).
 
The Maynooth Education
Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
 
HEAR and DARE
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
 
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
 

The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students) - Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, O4/H7 Mathematics & O6/H7 in a Science subject (i.e. Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry).
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students

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