Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH602

CAO Points : 400

Closing Date : 01 July 2022

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Study all the essentials of computing and software for mobile apps and websites, as well as key areas in mathematics, develop a major project and take a six month work placement in industry. Acquire hands-on programming skills and advanced problem solving techniques in our dedicated computer science building (Eolas). Students enjoy the huge benefit of studying another Science subject with Computer Science in first year. This lends graduates a wider frame of reference.

  • The Department of Computer Science at Maynooth University was founded in 1987 and is located in the Eolas Building, a €20M state-of-the-art ICT hub. Our laboratories and equipment provide excellent facilities for practical work and all our courses include a mix of lectures and laboratory work.
  • Spending time working in industry as part of your degree enhances your employment opportunities once you graduate.
  • We endeavour to provide a supportive and enjoyable atmosphere for learning through our Computer Science Support Centre, extensive assistance during practical work and we are always available outside of lectures to help our students.
First year
  • Computer Science (30 credits)
  • Mathematics
  • Plus choose 1 other Science subject (Biology, Engineering Science, Experimental Physics, Mathematical Physics)
  • There is a transfer pathway from first year MH201 Science to second year MH602 MWS Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development. Students must have taken and passed at least 22.5 credits of Computer Science in first year. There is no limit on places.
Second, third and fourth year
  • Concentrate on Computer Science and Multimedia topics only
  • In third year students complete a minimum 6 month placement (subject to availability)
Course Duration: 4 years

Computer Science - Joseph Timoney - Maynooth University

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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.
  • Computer Science is a teaching subject at second level and therefore a career in education may also be possible.
Postgraduate study options currently include:
  • MSc Computer Science (Software Engineering)
  • Double MSc in Dependable Software Systems (with University of St Andrews, Scotland and Université de Lorraine, France)
  • MSc Geocomputation
  • MSc Data Science
  • MSc/PhD Computer Science (by research)

Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.

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

Mature student applicants are 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 application, test and/or interview.
O3/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics OR EQUIVALENT required.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2022. 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 2022.
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 2022 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 2022

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 optional Critical Skills courses, 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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