From artificial intelligence revolutionising healthcare to blockchain transforming finance, the computer science field stands as the heartbeat of innovation — one that holds a lot of power.
In the 21st century, computer science is indisputably one of the main disciplines inspiring new technologies and innovations for a better world.
Hence for mid-career professionals, diving into the world of algorithms and code is not merely a career path, but a gateway to shaping the future.
Recognising the growing interest in reskilling, the School of Computer Science at Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) has designed a distinct pathway programme designed for graduates from non-computing disciplines. It’s the ideal programme to obtain the essential computing concepts required for entry into the MSc in Computing programme.
The master’s qualifier conversion programme is as innovative as it’s flexible. With no assumptions about prior computing knowledge, this full-time course lays a solid foundation in the core concepts of computer science, focusing on both theory and practice. It comprises five essential modules: Object-Oriented Software Development; Information Systems; Architecture, Operating Systems, and Networks; Web and User Interface Design; as well as Systems Analysis and Testing.
Each module integrates lecture sessions and hands-on lab sessions, where students actively apply theoretical concepts in practical tasks. Lecturers and tutor demonstrators are readily available during these sessions to offer guidance and support, ensuring a well-rounded learning experience.
“You will learn to programme using Python, how to design and build software and websites, how to access and build databases, and all about the architecture of computers and their operating software,” explains course chair Jonathan McCarthy.
Breadth aside, perhaps the best part about this pathway is its 100% online delivery. Weekly live online lectures and lab sessions provide ample opportunities for interaction with lecturers. With a continuous assessment strategy, students can complete all coursework online, eliminating the need to attend campus and offering the flexibility needed to balance professional and academic commitments.
With a solid foundation, those who complete the programme will be able to add a Continuing Professional Development Diploma in Fundamentals of Computing to their CV. However, those who do well, especially in the Object-Oriented Software Development module, and achieve an overall average mark of 60%, can progress directly to TU Dublin’s MSc in Computer Science (Data Science) or MSc in Computer Science (Advanced Software Development).
“The aim of these MSc programmes is to develop deep practical and technical knowledge in a specialist area with exposure to leading-edge topics, while also developing the professional, research and technical abilities of students,” shares Andrea Curley, programme chair of the MSc Computer Science.
The Data Science programme was designed to equip students with both technical prowess, including data management, mining, and machine learning, and the essential soft skills in communication, research, and problem-solving. Graduates not only navigate the complexities of vast datasets but also derive meaningful insights, making them invaluable assets in any organisational landscape.
On the other hand, specialising in Advanced Software Development entails gaining a better understanding of the evolving global digital economy. The programme digs deep into advanced technical modules covering programming, design, databases, architecture, and web development.
Beyond technical expertise, much like the Data Science specialisation, this curriculum places a strong emphasis on honing key professional and technical communication skills. This ensures that graduates can contribute as proficient software developers but thrive as industry professionals.
“Both MSc programmes are delivered in full-time mode and part-time mode,” says Curley. “Full-time mode takes three semesters or approximately 16 months, while part-time mode is much more flexible due to its modular approach. Students are allowed to choose the pace at which they move in these programmes.”
All routes guarantee professional success, partially due to the fact that TU Dublin prides itself on strong industry engagement. Internships, industry projects, and industry accreditation are seamlessly integrated into programmes. In fact, the British Computer Society, in an exemplary commendation, recognises its commitment to bridging the gap between academia and industry.
Those who choose to broaden their intellectual horizons on campus will be pleased to know they will always be surrounded with opportunities. Nestled in the heart of the “Silicon Valley of Europe,” the Dublin campus stands amidst the highest concentration of ICT activity. In fact, TU Dublin plays a pivotal role in this thriving ecosystem, fostering partnerships with major industry players, including the top eight ICT multinationals with European headquarters in Dublin.
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