Taught course

Electronic Commerce (Technical)

Dublin City University · Faculty Of Engineering and Computing

Entry requirements

There are two distinct intakes into the degree programme reflecting the two different concentrations of the graduates produced.

Technical Stream: Candidates must have, at a minimum, a second class honours degree in computer science, computing, computer applications or a related discipline. Candidates with significant industry experience in the electronic commerce/software development sectors, in addition to a primary degree in some other discipline, may also apply for entry.

Business Stream: Candidates must have, at a minimum, an upper second class honours degree in business, computing or a related discipline.In exceptional circumstances, candidates with a lower second class honours degree may be admitted. Candidates with significant business experience, on top of a primary degree in some other discipline, may also apply for entry.

Months of entry


Course content

Dublin City University School of Computing and Business School have combined to develop and offer a full-time MSc in Electronic Commerce with two distinct concentrations, business and technical. The two concentrations within the same overall Masters degree programme are designed to offer two distinct tracks with a shared e-commerce emphasis to appeal to both technical and business specialists.

The uniqueness of this Masters degree lies in the interaction fostered between participants on its Technical and Business streams. Its specially designed structure sees students of both streams following a common core curriculum, along with a number of modules particular to their stream. Over two taught semesters participants on the Business stream take modules in advanced business topics, as well as some fundamental modules in computing. Simultaneously, students on the Technical stream take advanced computing courses, along with introductory modules in business topics. Hence, this curriculum allows participants to gain a solid grounding in both the technical and strategic issues relating to e-commerce.

The Programme is firmly grounded in the reality of the Information Age. This is reflected in the major project of a practical nature on which students are required to work collaboratively between May and late August. This involves students of both streams coming together to build a prototype e-commerce system that solves a real-world problem or exploits a real-world opportunity. The projects, which may be provided by corporate clients or involve some of the students' own ideas, typically involve market research, formulation of project and business plans, and design and development of a working e-commerce system prototype.

Information for international students

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Cathal Gurrin