Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH603

CAO Points : 509

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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The accelerated 3-year BSc in Computational Thinking is all about learning how to think, both logically and creatively. It unites Computer Science, Mathematics and Philosophy, revealing the underlying quest for truth which binds the foundations of these subjects together.
Computational thinking is about combining human creativity with the power of computers to find solutions in the presence of uncertainty. Students learn to model problems so that they can be most effectively attacked, to reformulate seemingly difficult questions into ones that have already been answered, to exploit abstraction, identify patterns and develop innovative strategies in areas spanning the spectrum of human activity.
This degree will appeal to high achieving students, with strong mathematical ability and a flair for analytical reasoning, who like to ask questions and find creative solutions to problems.
Choose this degree if you seek to understand and analyse human knowledge and thinking, if you are interested in the essentials of theoretical computer science and its mathematical foundations, if you want to acquire hands-on programming skills and advanced problem-solving techniques.
1st year
  • 4 modules in Computer Science
  • 6 modules in Mathematics
  • 2 modules in Philosophy
2nd year
  • 6 modules in Computer Science
  • 4 modules in Mathematics
  • 2 modules in Philosophy
3rd year
  • 6 compulsory Computer Science and Mathematics modules
  • 6 optional modules chosen from among the 3 core disciplines
Option of undertaking a 1-year work placement or study abroad year between 2nd and 3rd year (subject to availability).

Coding languages currently covered in the CT degree:

  • First year - Python, Java, SQL
  • Second year - C, R, Haskell
  • Final year - Languages of choice in projects of choice
Course Duration: 3 years (accelerated)


Department of Computer Science

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Department of Computer Science

Department of ALL Institute

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Department of Computer Science

Department of Hamilton Institute

Department of ALL Institute

Our BSc Computational Thinking has been specifically designed to answer calls from industry for graduates with strong analytical competence, problemsolving skills and the ability to think critically. Graduates will enjoy outstanding career prospects across a range of areas such as software development and analysis, mathematical and financial modelling, bioinformatics, cryptography and security.
Postgraduate study options currently include:
  • MSc Mathematics
  • MSc Computer Science (Software Engineering)
  • PhD Computer Science (by research)
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 N/A H2
Science No N/A N/A

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, test and/or interview.
H2 Leaving Certificate Mathematics OR EQUIVALENT required. 3 year accelerated degree.
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 any required written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 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 & H2 Mathematics.
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Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
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)
  • 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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