BA (Hons) in Computer Science, NFQ 8
University College Cork – CK101

3 years full-time course

Course Overview

The BA degree is a broad degree, offering a wide variety of subjects, which means you will have an equally diverse range of postgraduate and career options following your degree. Aside from specific subject knowledge, you will also gain intellectual, social and management skills that can be applied in a variety of jobs.

The quality of a degree is as important as the subjects selected, and about 70% of employers who contact UCC look for graduates with overall good marks, rather than from a specific discipline.

This is a full-time three-year honours programme. You will study four subjects in Year 1. In Year 2 you will choose two subjects from Year 1 and continue to degree level.

Computer Science is a relatively young field and is showing rapid growth in terms of scientific and technological advancement, and impact on diverse aspects of human existence.

Course content

In Year 1 you select 4 subjects, then in Year 2 continue with two of the four subjects from Year 1. You also have the option of dividing the courses (modules) evenly or taking more courses in one subject and less in the other.

This is available in First Arts and thereafter as a 10 credit subject within the Single Subject Arts Programme. The main Computer Science undergraduate programme is in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (entry through CK401).

Work placement/Internship

As a UCC Arts student you will have the opportunity to avail of a work placement in Year 2.

Career prospects; Further studies

Our graduates have pursued careers in a wide range of areas including: Teaching/Lecturing, Finance/Banking, Publishing, Theatre, TV/Radio, Public Affairs, Arts Management, Archaeologist, Researcher, Information Sciences, Interpreter, Marketing and Management.

Due to the extensive range of subject choices on offer, you will have vast opportunities for postgraduate study in UCC, Ireland and Internationally. Graduates have gone on to postgraduate study in such areas as: Digital Arts and Humanities, Translation Studies, Editing, Journalism, Economics/Business, Museum Curating, Education, IT, MPlan. Criminology, Management & Marketing, Film.

Entry requirements

HC3 in two subjects, and passes in four other subjects at H or O level from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes. There are further subject specific requirements for subjects on offer through the BA. Entry points in 2014: 345. Points may vary from year to year.


Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2015/16 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €165.

Contact details

Loretta Brady
+353 (0)21 4903140