BA in Computer Science, Level 8
Trinity College Dublin – TR033
4 year full-time course
Computer science at Trinity College is a challenging and exciting course with a focus on innovation and cutting-edge technology that demands the very best from our students. As a Computer science graduate you will be able to apply your deep computer science knowledge along with a range of professional skills in teamwork and management to solve computational problems in all walks of life.
To get the best from the course you need to be interested in developing clear logical ideas about situations and about how to develop feasible schemes (‘algorithms’) for computers to deal with these situations. You need to be comfortable using mathematical techniques to solve problems.
If you are knowledgeable about computers already, to the extent of building them or writing programs for them, so much the better – but bear in mind, no prior knowledge of computer science is assumed.
Computer science at Trinity is an integrated programme: students study for an honors Bachelor’s degree over four years and have the option to study for a fifth year leading to a Master in Computer Science (MCS) degree.
In the first three years of the programme, you will develop key skills in designing and implementing computer programs and systems, solving problems, using mathematics and communicating both orally and in writing. You will learn how to use a range of programming languages and how to tackle large software engineering projects. You will also learn about computer hardware and develop a broad knowledge of other topics, including networks and telecommunications, information management and the relationship between computers and society.
At the end of year 3, you choose to study either for the honors Bachelor’s degree (B.A. Moderatorship in Computer science) or the Master in Computer science (MCS).
If you decide to study for the honors B.A. Moderatorship in Computer science degree over four years, you can choose from a range of advanced subjects to study including: artificial intelligence; computer graphics and animation; computer vision; networked applications; mobile telecommunications; and many others. Topics are reviewed annually to reflect developments in the field of computing.
If you decide to study for the Master in Computer science degree over five years, you also choose from the range of advanced subjects listed above. In your fifth and final year, as well as continuing to study advanced subjects, you will spend the second half of the year working with an academic supervisor on a substantial research dissertation in an area of your choice.
You will spend the second half of this fourth year working with an academic supervisor on a substantial project in an area of your choice.
If you decide to study for the Master in Computer science, the second half of your fourth year will be spent working on internship either in Ireland or abroad. Here you will have opportunities to work on real projects putting into practice the knowledge and skills that you have developed during your studies.
You may apply to spend your third year studying at a university abroad as part of an exchange programme.
Career prospects; Further studies
Graduates from this programme are highly sought after and can expect to find employment anywhere in the world. Each year leading employers in the sector attend a special recruitment fair held at the School of Computer Science and Statistics which affords students an opportunity to chat informally regarding their career opportunities. Nine of the top ten ICT companies are located in Ireland and they work closely with the School in sourcing graduates in the field.
Graduates find employment in almost any sector from communications and entertainment to manufacturing and transportation, government, healthcare, education and many more. Positions can be found within: design, testing, manufacturing, support and implementation, information systems, research and development, operations and management. Many graduates hold senior positions such as CTO and CIO. Others pursue careers in research to PhD and beyond. The School is proud of the entrepreneurial and academic success of its graduates.
Entry points for 2012: 450 points. Required points may vary yearly.