The work of the software engineer is visible in our smartphones, our business services, the internet and every aspect of our lives. This growing influence is also obvious in the jobs market. IT professionals are in extremely high demand with a skills shortage in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) area. This honours degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to take advantage of this opportunity.
Note: In accordance with our quality assurance processes, we conduct a full programmatic review of all our courses every 5 years. This course outline is a redevelopment of our existing BSc (Honours) in Computing degree to give students more flexibility and a broader range of career options. The current review may result in some changes to the content of this programme starting in September 2020. The course is subject to QQI vaidation.
NCI’s innovative BSc (Hons) in Computing will give you programming and advanced problem-solving skills, to create software applications that solve real-world problems. This exciting course will expose you to areas like games programming, software development, cybersecurity, blockchain, artificial intelligence/machine learning/data analytics, internet of things, digital business transformation. In addition, you will learn how to apply software engineering principles to develop software applications that may be deployed in the web and on mobile devices.You will also develop your problem-solving, teamwork, creativity and communication skills.
Our comprehensive full-time degree will give you all the essentials of computing and you will then get the opportunity to specialise in your final year. You will choose modules from one of seven important areas of computer science. These specialist areas will allow you to pursue the area which most interests you and will give you a significant advantage in the jobs market. The course is delivered in state-of-the-art computer laboratories by lecturers who are working in these fields. It is practical in nature throughout and also includes a full semester of work experience.
As a graduate of this course you will:
Create software applications on mobile devices, in the cloud, on the web and in gaming using the latest technologies
For information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
This undergraduate course is a four-year honours degree. The course is run over eight semesters with continuous assessment held throughout the course and examinations at the end of each semester.
On completion, you will receive a QQI BSc (Honours) Degree in Computing at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The course also prepares students for industry-recognised certification in leading technologies.
Note: This course is undergoing revalidation with QQI.
The course is industry-focused with a six month work placement in the third year. NCI students are highly sought after and complete their work experience in companies like Microsoft, O2, ESB, Wells Fargo, Dotmobi, Datalex and Intel.
Upon successful completion of the BSc
(Honours) in Computing, graduates can
progress to postgraduate courses at
level 9 on the National Framework of
Qualifications such as the MSc in Cybersecurity, MSc in Cloud Computing, MSc in Data Analytics or the MSc in Fintech at National College of
On completion of the BSc (Hons) in Computing, graduates can join high-tech multinationals, tech start-ups, financial services and consultancy organisations. Graduates have worked in organisations like Microsoft, Lionbridge, Hewlett Packard, KPMG, Tapadoo, Realex Payments, Opennet, Leaseplan, Arvato, Salesforce, Facebook and Vivendi Games.
Typical roles include software developer, mobile application developer, IT support, project engineer, security analyst and games developer. This course is also suitable for those who ultimately wish to pursue a career in teaching as it is recognised by the Teaching Council to teach computing.
According to a recent Higher Education Outcomes Report released by the CSO, ICT graduates receive the highest weekly earnings five years after graduating compared to other sectors based on the analysis of the destinations of students who graduated between 2010 and 2016.
This full-time computing course will
appeal to students who wish to consider
the possibilities created by information
and communications technology. The
course is for school leavers, mature
students and graduates of QQI level 5/6
programmes who wish to embark on a
course of full-time study.
Minimum entry requirements are a grade H5 or above in two higher level subjects together with a minimum of O6/H7 in four other subjects. A minimum of grade O6/H7 must be obtained in English and Mathematics.
Mature applicants, applicants with a disability or those applying through DARE or HEAR can find out more information on the application process.
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
The points for this course in 2019 were 261.
The CAO course code is NC003.
This course qualifies under the Free Fees Initiative and Student Grant Scheme.
The fee for this course for international students is €10,000 per year.
Find out more about studying here as an international student.
For domestic students applying through the CAO, this course is offered under the free fees initiative.