Data Science is the study of information - where it comes from, what it tells us and how to turn it into a resource for business, government and social strategies. Data can be used to examine performance in key areas of a company, such as sales and marketing, operations, customer services and security, highlighting what’s most and least effective, and driving change based on evidence, rather than gut instinct.
CAO Available Places
This course is now available through the CAO to All Qualified Applicants. Even if you have not previously applied for this course you can still apply provided you meet the minimum entry requirements, please see the CAO website for further information and instructions on how to apply for this course.
This honours degree will equip the students with the knowledge skills and competence to enable them to apply computing and analytical science and technology in the pursuit of discovering new information by identifying and validating patterns in data.
The course is practical in nature, providing you with knowledge of the way data science can solve real problems and facilitate business decisions based on evidence. It also incorporates work placement in a company which will significantly improve your skills and enhance your employability. Due to the shortage of suitably qualified data science professionals in Ireland and internationally, this degree offers exceptional job prospects for graduates.
Dr. Arghir-Nicolae Moldovan, Programme Director of the BSc Honours in Data Science at National College of Ireland, discusses the structure of the course, the benefits of studying data science, the employment opportunities the course offers along with the support the college provides for our students.
This course will appeal to students who are interested in
developing computing and numeracy skills and pursue a
career in data science. 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.
As a graduate of this course you will be able to:
By 2020, it is estimated that there will be a demand for 21,000 additional professionals with high-level data science skills in Ireland.
Graduates of the BSc (Honours) in Data Science will complete a six-month work placement in industry and on graduation can go on to work with a variety of organisations including multinationals, financial services and professional services companies. Related data science roles include data scientist, business intelligence analyst, customer insight lead, risk analyst, knowledge engineer, and data programmer.
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 undergraduate course is a four-year honours degree.
The course is run over eight semesters with continuous
assessment held throughout and examinations at the end of
On completion you will receive a QQI BSc (Honours) Degree
in Data Science at level 8 on the National Framework of
Qualifications (subject to QQI approval). The course also
prepares students for industry-recognised certification in
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, Eir,
AIB, Irish Life, Vodafone, Intel, Citi, SAP, Workday.
Minimum entry requirements are a grade H5 and above in two higher level subjects together with a minimum of O6 in four other subjects. A minimum of grade H5 must be obtained in Mathematics. A minimum of grade O6 must be obtained in English.
Mature applicants, applicants with a disability or those apply through the DARE or HEAR access should visit the appropriate pages on our website for further information.
NCI will be holding a Mathematics Qualifying Examination for applicants for the Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Data Science and Level 6 Higher Certificate in Data Science programmes. These programmes require a minimum of grade H5 in Higher Level Mathematics.
The purpose of the Mathematics Qualifying Examination is designed to offer candidates an alternative route to achieve the minimum entry requirement of H5 in Maths. The Mathematics Qualifying Examination will be set at a similar standard as the Leaving Certificate Honours Mathematics examination.
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
Upon successful completion of the BSc (Honours) in Data Science, graduates can progress to postgraduate courses in computing at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications such as the MSc in Data Analytics, MSc in Cybersecurity, MSc in Cloud Computing or the MSc in Fintech at National College of Ireland.
This course qualifies under the Free Fees Initiative and the Student Grant Scheme.
There are no points for this course yet as this is a new course being offered for 2019.
The CAO course code is NC025.