Close

Maynooth University Department of Computer Science

Print

Qualification : BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH201

CAO Points : 366

In the BSc degree, you take four subjects in your first year, one of which is Mathematics*;
  • You have three weeks at the beginning of term to choose your other three subjects;
  • In your first year you’ll also have the opportunity to study Critical Skills – this is an optional 15 credit course specifically focused on developing skills such as: analytical skills, the ability to deal with complex arguments, evaluating evidence and making balanced judgements, and the ability to communicate ideas clearly both verbally and in writing;
  • After first year you can choose progress in either a Double Major (taking two subjects equally to degree level), or a Single Major, where you take two subjects in third year and after that, specialise in one subject;
  • In your second year you’ll have the opportunity to take an Elective. This will give you the chance to study a topic from another subject area that you find especially interesting – it could be a topic like entrepreneurship, climate change, philosophy, programming, macroeconomics or even a new language like Mandarin Chinese.
  • You can decide at the end of 1st year what your preferred pathway is, when you are more familiar with the subjects and what they entail. Visit our Maynooth Education pages for details on the New Maynooth Education - Critical Skills, Electives, flexible pathways.
  • Students who wish to study abroad for one semester or one year, substituting this period of study abroad for part of their study at Maynooth, should contact the International Coordinator in their subject Department to see what options may be available to them.

*If the requirement to study Mathematics in first year is a concern, please note that the excellent assistance of the Maths Support Centre (MSC) is available to students, free of charge.

1st year
Mathematics (required in 1st year) plus choose 3 subjects from:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Science 
  • Experimental Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Critical Skills
2nd year
Continue with 3 of the 4 subjects taken in 1st year
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science 
  • Engineering Science 
  • Experimental Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Optional Electives (10 credit)
3rd year
Continue with 2 of the 3 subjects taken in 2nd year
  • Biology
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer Science 
  • Engineering Science 
  • Experimental Physics 
  • Mathematical Physics 
  • Mathematics (Pure)
  • Statistics 
  • Applied Mathematics
4th year 
Double Major: continue with your 2 subjects taken in 3rd year
  • Biology
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer Science 
  • Engineering Science 
  • Experimental Physics 
  • Mathematics (Pure)
  • Theoretical Physics 
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics 
or 
 
Single Major: continue with 1 of the 2 subjects taken in 3rd year
  • Biology
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Science 
  • Experimental Physics
  • Mathematics (Pure)
  • Theoretical Physics 
  • Applied Mathematics

Not all subject combinations are compatible from 2nd year - click on the subject to see the available pathways and compatible subjects from 2nd year.

As a student of science or engineering, you will develop strong problem-solving and analytical skills, as well as advanced teamwork, leadership, and numeracy skills – all of which are highly valued in many sectors of the labour market.
  • Agriculture
  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Diagnostics
  • Education
  • 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

*Students who are considering a career in second level teaching would compete for admission to the PME (Professional Master of Education) during their 4th year on the BSc. For example, a student who aims to teach Leaving Cert Biology and Mathematics would take these subjects all the way up to 4th year in the MH201 BSc and would be advised to take Chemistry and Experimental Physics, along with Biology and Maths in 1st year so they will be eligible to teach Junior Cert Science as well as Leaving Cert Biology and Mathematics.This route takes 6 years (4 year BSc and 2 year PME). An alternative is to take the 5 year MH212 degree. In MH212 students qualify in 5 years rather than 6 years, and their place on the 2nd year of the PME is guaranteed if they satisfy the normal progression rules.

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 2018. 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 2018.
 
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 1 March 2018 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 2018

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, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry).
 
New 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.
 

 

Apply via the CAO during the Change of Mind period between May 4th and July 1st

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, 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

Play

Back to top