Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Information Technology)

College of Engineering & Informatics

Course overview

The BSc in Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) covers the theory and practice of designing and developing computer systems, both hardware and software, as well as networking and telecommunications technologies.

 The programme uses electronic devices, such as computers and mobile phones, computer software and networks to store, process, transmit, retrieve and manipulate information. It has a flexible course structure, where students can choose to study a range of Next-Generation Technology areas including: Digital Media and Games, Enterprise Informatics, Energy Informatics, Computational Mathematics, Scientific Computing and Medical/ Bio-informatics. These core subjects provide a solid theoretical and applied background in Computer Science and Information Technology.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade Higher C3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at Higher or Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint), Agricultural Science) or Technology and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional requirements

Minimum Grade D3 in the Higher Level or B3 in the Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate paper in Mathematics. Or, alternatively obtain a pass in the Special Engineering Entrance Examination in Mathematics (held in the University).
For A-Levels a Grade D in A-Level Mathematics or Grade B in O-Level Mathematics is required.

Duration: 4 year

Next start date: September 2014

Entry points(2013): range 420 - 560

A Level Grades (2013): ABC (A-Level) & a (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 50

Course outline

Year 1

  • Computer Systems I
  • Fundamentals of Electronic Engineering
  • Next-Generation
  • Technologies I
  • Programming I
  • Algorithms I
  • Mathematics
  • Principles of Physics


Year 2

  • Computer Systems II
  • Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Modelling
  • Software Engineering
  • Databases I
  • Algorithms II
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Game Design & Programming I
  • Information Systems in Health Care
  • Programming II
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Mathematical Physics


Year 3

  • Network and Communications
  • Game Design & Programming II
  • Programming Paradigms
  • Programming III
  • Formal Methods
  • Software Engineering and Project Management
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Database II
  • Next Generation Technologies III
  • Applied Probability and Statistics
  • Computer Technology of Applied Maths


Year 4

  • Real Time Systems
  • Distributed Systems
  • Advanced Professional Skills
  • Modern Information Management
  • Image Processing
  • Software Engineering
  • Final Year Project


In final year, students take additional subjects and projects in one of the following areas:
  • Digital Media and Games
  • Energy Informatics
  • Medical/Bio-informatics
  • Scientific Computing
  • Enterprise Informatics
  • Computational Informatics

Further education

Graduates can pursue postgraduate study in the College as Masters or PhD students. Directly after their undergraduate courses, students can earn a Master of Science (MSc) Degree, which involves either course work with a minor thesis, or research work with a major thesis, or students can enter a PhD programme.

Find out more

The Information Technology Department
College of Engineering and Informatics
T 353 (0)91 493143
F 353 (0)91 494501
E info@it.nuigalway.ie
http://www.it.nuigalway.ie/

CAO code

GY350

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,492 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
 - Tuition: €4,518 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student contribution: €2,750 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

EU Fees:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €2,750 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Past Students

Alan Cunningham

BSc (Information Technology)

"I chose the IT undergraduate course because I was interested in technology and the software behind it. Through the course I was challenged to think creatively to solve problems and discovered how systems that are incorporated into everyday life work. I also met many people who shared similar interests and we were able to incorporate these into various class group projects which included music, computer games and artificial intelligence. The degree has led me to postgraduate research in artificial intelligence in NUI Galway."