Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH601

CAO Points : 340

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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These specialised degrees in Computer Science (MH601 and MH602) are designed for students who have already decided they want to concentrate on the subject from the start. All options share a common first year in Computer Science (plus Mathematics and options to take other subjects). In the case of MH601 CSA, the other subjects in first year are from the Arts range.
Computer Science and Software Engineering through Arts gives a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of computation and software development and can lead to careers with large multinational companies and companies developing specialised software.
All options include teamwork, a major project and a six month industrial placement (subject to availability) as well as modules in advanced topics such as computer vision, theoretical computer science, robotics, cryptography and neurocomputation.
Choose this degree if you are interested in:
  • The opportunity to study other Arts subjects with Computer Science in first year;
  • Studying all the essentials of computing and software, as well as key areas in mathematics;
  • Extensive practical work, a major project and a six month placement in industry (subject to availability);
  • Acquiring hands-on programming skills and advanced problem solving techniques;
  • Learning to think logically and analytically about complex problems.
1st year
  • Computer Science (30 credits)
  • Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Plus either 1 other Arts subject or Critical Skills (from the 4 groups available)
2nd, 3rd and 4th year
  • Concentrate on Computer Science
  • In 3rd year students complete a minimum 6 month placement (subject to availability)
Course Duration: 4 years

Head of Department

Department of Computer Science


Department of Computer Science

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Department of Computer Science

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Department of Computer Science

Department of Hamilton Institute

Department of ALL Institute

Computing, programming and software skills are in high demand. Graphical interface design, medical imaging, video-based information systems, multimedia systems development, electronic publishing, computer-assisted translation, e-learning systems development, games development, website design and development, and software development are some areas to consider.
These skills are also valued in non-computing industries, such as financial services, business and administration, health services, and the automobile and aeronautics sectors.
Postgraduate study options currently include:
  • Double MSc in Dependable Software Systems (with University of St Andrews, Scotland and Université de Lorraine, France)
  • MSc Geocomputation
  • MSc Computer Science (Software Engineering)
  • MSc/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 O3 H7
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.
O3/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics OR EQUIVALENT 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 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 & O3/H7 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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