In a nutshell

Software leads the pack in terms of demand for our graduates - and shows little sign of abating.

For those who enjoy coding, the future is very bright. The market for such skills is incredibly strong - no surprise given Ireland's position at the forefront of the IT industry. Each week there are thousands of job opportunities - all that separates you from that market is 3 years of study!

We focus deliberately on modern coding platforms and techniques. You'll have ample opportunity to hone your programming skills in modern labs and come Year 3, you'll get to put those skills to work during work placement - a perfect calling card for future employers.

What's involved?

A common Year 1

You'll study the same modules as all our first year computing. Coding is a key skill obviously and we start you off with C#. You also work with the Internet of Things using tiny micro-controlers & sensors to interact with the physical worlds and the virtual cloud. You'll also study computer hardware, design thinking, web design and design/build games to help you better understand how programmes work to achieve a goal.

Building out your skills base

Year 2 is where you really dig into the topics particular to your programme. You're aiming to become a software developer so we do more C#, Javascript and web development. You'll work with databases to better understand how data is stored and queried by your coding. And you'll study how we design and build really large software applications.

Big Project work and Placement

This is the shortest academic year as you leave for placement at Easter. There's lots to do to get you ready. This year places you in a group of 4, working year-long to develop a large scale application. This is a great chance to build something substantial, something to get you noticed by employers and to work on those soft-skills of working and playing nice with others. You'll interview for jobs and begin focusing on the end-game - gaining employment!

Career Prospects

For computing graduates, the outlook could hardly be better. Employment of people with computer and information technology skills is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Over half the jobs in the Irish Independent Top 50 Jobs of the Future are IT related.

The most recent report from the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs highlights continuing strong demand from enterprise for high-level ICT skills, with 44,500 potential job openings for ICT professionals are forecast over the period 2013 to 2018 in Ireland alone. The future is indeed bright.

Further Study

Successful graduates can enter our Level 8 (Honours) add-on year to round out their networking know-how. Level 8 degrees are highly valued by employers. In the National Employer Survey (2015), the majority of employers (72%) recruited graduates with an Honours Degree.

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