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Computer Science (International) / Eolaíocht Ríomhaireachta (Idirnáisiúnta)


What is... Computer Science (International)?

Software is a global industry with a strong presence in Dublin, which is considered as the Silicon Valley of Europe. Many software companies possess a truly-international presence such as Facebook, Google and Amazon and encounter unique challenges both technically and culturally. So if you have wondered how to build software for the wider international market, how to effectively communicate with distributed teams and how to be successful working on large scalable applications then this programme is for you. As well as providing you with the skills to work as a global software engineer, this programme gives you the core computer science skills to work as an application developer with the skills to grow and evolve within an ever changing global industry.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Graduates of this programme will be uniquely qualified to successfully work in the international IT industry in a wide range of computer roles. Employment may be in the mainstream computer industry with a unique understanding of how multi-cultural teams work effectively, allowing opportunities for working in multi-national corporations. With a strong computer science background in such areas as Internet development, cloud computing, mobile software, enterprise systems, artificial intelligence and games technology opportunities, graduates will be well suited to seek employment across all computing disciplines while bringing a solid understanding of software internationalisation. Qualified graduates will also be well suited for postgraduate study.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard may have access to a range of Masters Degrees in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

This programme will deliver all the fundamentals in Computer Science with a strong emphasis on Internationalisation and Globalisation from the outset. Students are taught IT skills early on that are required in the International IT industry. This will include not only core software design and development skills, but also highly sought-after international skills such as global citizenship, software localisation, entrepreneurship, a foreign language and creating webinars.

In third year, you may undertake an International Industrial Placement and gain valuable international work experience in an IT company. This helps to emphasize the importance of globalisation in the workplace. Our work placement programme’s success is due to the close liaison we have developed and maintained with industry partners throughout the history of our School. The School has strong links with global industry companies such as Google, Microsoft and IBM amongst others, through sponsorship, work placement and project co-operation.

In the final year, you will have the opportunity to specialise your knowledge and skills in a variety of areas such as Enterprise Systems Development or Applied Intelligence or Digital Games Development & Simulation.

Module Listing

Year One

  • Programming
  • Web Development
  • Computer Architecture
  • Global Citizenship
  • Software for the Global Market (User Interface Design)
  • Foreign Language and many other subjects to give you a solid foundation in International Computer Science

Year Two

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Databases
  • Software Engineering
  • Software for the Global Market (Internationalisation & Localisation)
  • International Project Management (Webinars & Entrepreneurship)
  • Foreign Language
  • Operating Systems and other subjects which give relevant practical skills

Year Three

  • International Industrial Placement
  • Service-Learning
  • International Exchange
  • Foreign Language
  • Client-Server Programming & Web Development
  • Cloud Computing
  • Games Logic and Design

Year Four

Specialise your study into an area such as:

  • Enterprise Systems Development
  • Applied Intelligence
  • Digital Games Development & Simulation

Are there study abroad options?

Yes, all students participate in at least a six month international exchange in the second half of third year as part of their practical learning. The opportunity for year-long international exchanges also exists. All students in year 3 take part in a virtual online classroom comprised of students on international experience.

Further Information

School of Computing

T: 01 402 4704 (Barbara Byrne)