Maynooth University

B.Sc. in Computer Science and Software Engineering (Arts) (Csea), Level 8
Maynooth University – MH140

4 year full-time course

Course Overview

Computers have become a part of everybody’s daily life. In the Department of Computer Science we teach how computer systems work, with a particular focus on software, and we research how computer systems will develop into the future.
Our courses cover a wide spectrum of topics from software to computer hardware, from internal details of operating systems to computer applications, and from software engineering practice to computational theory. We provide excellent facilities for practical work, with most of our modules including a mix of lectures and lab work. Many of our students also spend time working in industry as part of their course.
We endeavour to provide a supportive and enjoyable atmosphere for learning – we provide a programming helpdesk, extensive assistance during practical work – and we are always available outside of lectures to help our students. A new ICT building is currently under construction and will house the Department of Computer Science from the summer of 2015.

Course content

Computer Science as a specialised degree – Computer Science and Software Engineering (Arts Entry): in first year, students take Computer Science, Mathematical Studies, and an Arts subject. You will take Computer Science, Maths and up one other Arts subjects in first year. For the remaining three years you will concentrate on Computer Science. In third year students complete a six month placement (subject to availability). MH140 CAO sub-option CSA.

Computer Science as part of a Multimedia, Mobile & Web Development degree (Arts Entry): In first year you will take Computer Science, Mathematics and one other Arts subject. In second, third and fourth year you will take Computer Science and Multimedia topics only. In third year students complete a six month placement (subject to availability). MH140 CAO sub-option MWD.

Career prospects; Further studies

IT skills are in high demand, therefore career opportunities are many and varied, and include work in areas such as 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.
IT skills are also in demand in non-computing industries, such as financial services, business and administration, health services, and the automobile and aeronautics sectors.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate with two Higher Level papers at C3 and four Ordinary or Higher Level papers at grade D3.  A B3 at Ordinary Level or a D3 at Higher Level Maths is also required. 380. Points may vary yearly.

Contact details

Tel: 01 708 3383
Fax: 01 708 3848