Research course

Computer Science

Institution
Maynooth University · Department of Computer Science
Qualifications
MSc by research

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from students who have achieved high marks in their undergraduate degree. This is typically a first-class honours in Computer Science or a closely-related discipline, although students with a second class honours primary degree can also be considered. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Typically, a MSc takes two years to complete (three years if taken part-time); at the end of the first year the student may have the option to transfer to the PhD register if they so wish subject to satisfactory progress.

The aim of the Structured MSc in Computer Science is to provide the student with an opportunity to carry out a significant body of research work with support from the teaching component of the programme. The programme will offer academic subjects to enhance their knowledge as well as transferable and generic skills that will add significantly to the MSc experience by broadening the skill base of the candidate.

The first step is to identify a potential supervisor. This involves deciding on a general research area that you are interested in and to contact a member of the department’s staff that is working in that area. The best approach is to look through the staff web pages and the list of Research Groups/Projects in the department.

Research postgraduates are typically (though not exclusively) funded during their research. Support varies depending on the source, but at best, funding can include payment of fees, a salary and travel expenses. Note that all funding programmes are highly competitive, and most are contingent on the applicant securing high marks in their primary degree.

Closing date

Research applications are generally accepted at any time

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585 • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95 • PTE (Pearson): 62. Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Fees and funding

International students
€13,500

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Department of Computer Science
Email
admin@cs.nuim.ie