BSc Honours in Computing


Program Description

BSc Honours in Computing

We all see the work of the computer engineer 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 area. This degree will equip you to take advantage of this opportunity.

About this Course

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 cloud computing, networking and mobile technologies, software systems, gaming and multimedia design, data analytics, web development, software engineering, algorithms, artificial intelligence, business and network security, data communications, multimedia and mobile application development and much more. You will also develop your 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 five 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 job 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.

Course Structure and Award

This undergraduate course is a four-year honours degree. The course is run over 8 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.

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.
  • Understand how to incorporate multimedia into software applications.
  • Analyse and interpret data to address real business problems.
  • Develop your business and interpersonal skills.
  • Understand the cloud computing paradigm and its implications for software, infrastructure and platforms.

Work Experience

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.

Who is the course for?

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.

Career Prospects

By 2015, it is estimated that there will be a shortage of up to 864,000 ICT professionals across the EU and the EEA. On completion of the BSc (Hons) Computing, graduates can join high tech multinationals, tech startups, 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 App developer, IT Support and Project Engineer.

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.

Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements are a grade C3 or above in two Higher level subjects, together with a D3 (Higher or Ordinary level) in four subjects. A minimum of grade D3 (Higher or Ordinary level) must be obtained in English. A grade D3 in Ordinary level Mathematics is required. However, NCI will accept a grade E in Higher level Mathematics once other requirements have been met. The grade E result will not be counted for points.

Last updated Jan 2018

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