B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science and Information Technology, Level 8
National University of Ireland, Galway – GT350
4 year full-time course
We depend on electronic devices, such as computers and mobile phones, computer software and networks to store, process, transmit, retrieve and manipulate information.
Students will cover the technology used in these devices and will focus on the development of the software applications that make these devices useful.
The programme has a flexible course structure, where students can choose to study a range of Next-Generation Technology areas including: Digital Media and Games, Enterprise Informatics, Energy Informatics, Computational Mathematics, Scientific Computing and Medical/ Bio-informatics.
These core subjects provide a solid theoretical and applied background in Computer Science and Information Technology.
Students will undertake a five-month (April–August), off-campus work placement following completion of their third year of study. In the event that no external placement is available, students will be given projects on campus. This Professional Experience Programme gives students an opportunity to work on projects relevant to their course of study and significantly improves their chances of obtaining employment after graduation.
Career prospects; Further studies
Graduates of the BSc in Computer Science & Information Technology are highly skilled and are equipped to take on employment as professional engineers, designers and consultants in a range of organisations, specialising in areas such as software design and development, digital media and games, IT consultancy, telecommunications and medical informatics. Career prospects for IT/computing graduates are very strong in Ireland and throughout the world. The government’s Expert Group on Future Skill Needs has highlighted a shortfall in the number of IT/computing graduates as the number of students studying IT/computing is not adequate to meet the demands in virtually every sector.
Graduates can pursue postgraduate study as Masters or PhD students. Directly after their undergraduate courses, students can earn a Master of Science (MSc) Degree, which involves either course work with a minor thesis, or research work with a major thesis, or students can enter a PhD programme.
Minimum Grade Higher C3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at Higher or Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint), Agricultural Science) or Technology and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Additional: Minimum Grade D3 in the Higher Level or B3 in the Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate paper in Mathematics. Or, alternatively obtain a pass in the Special Engineering Entrance Examination in Mathematics (held in the University). For A-Levels a Grade D in A-Level Mathematics or Grade B in O-Level Mathematics is required. Entry points(2014): range 420 – 560.
EU (Total): €7,492 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)