The work of the computer 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 degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to take advantage of this opportunity.
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 gaming and multimedia design, mobile application development, software development, cloud computing, data analytics, web development, software engineering, algorithms, artificial intelligence, business and network security, data communications 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 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
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
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.
Course Structure and Award
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.
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.
Further Study Options
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 Mobile Technologies, MSc in Web Technologies, MSc in Cloud Computing or the MSc in Data Analytics at National College of Ireland.
By 2018, it is estimated that there will be a demand for over 100,000 ICT professionals with high-level ICT skills in Ireland.
On completion of the BSc (Hons) in Computing, graduates can join hightech 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 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.