BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, NFQ 8
University College Cork – CK401

4 years full-time course

Course Overview

Graduates of Computer Science at UCC understand how computer-based systems work and how we can harness their potential to develop the sophisticated computer applications upon which our modern world depends.

The BSc in Computer Science is a full-time four-year degree course that encompasses all aspects of computer systems (both software and hardware) and ICT (information and communication technology), including software development, database technology, computer networks, operating systems, algorithm security, and web technology and applications.

Course content

The BSc in Computer Science has four streams, who all share a common intake and Year 1.

In Year 1, you will study a variety of key computer science topics such as web development, database systems and computer system organisation that lay the foundation for later years.

In Year 2, you will choose from four streams, each targeting a different niche in the IT landscape: BSc in Computer Science, BSc in Computer Science (Web Systems Engineering) or Joint Degrees BSc in Computer Science (Software Entrepreneurship) and  BSc in Computer Science with Chinese.

All four streams share a core of computer science modules that cover fundamental themes so all graduates are equipped to design and develop complex software applications and understand the key technologies that underpin such applications. They also include paid work placement in the IT industry in Year 3, and a substantial individual project in Year 4 supervised by a member of staff.

Work placement/Internship

In Year 3 (end of second term), you will undertake mandatory work placement which provides real-life experience of the workplace. The placement can be for a six- or 12-month period. Our students have been placed in SME, national and international companies.

Career prospects; Further studies

The ICT sector in Ireland is a thriving industry, and nine of the top 10 global ICT companies are in Ireland. This sector employs more than 75,000 people in Ireland and is among the top three Irish growth industries, with both indigenous and international companies (

The National Skills Bulletin published by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs in July 2012 identified the ICT skills that are difficult to source to be Java-related, open-source and online applications; Mobile applications for iPhone and Android platforms; Cloud computing; Linux/Unix; IT security: internet security and network security.

Entry requirements

HC3 in two subjects, and passes in four other subjects at H or O level from Irish, English, another language, Maths and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Entry points in 2014: 430. 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

Dr Kieran Herley, Course Coordinator
+353 (0)21 4205892

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