Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH601

CAO Points : 391

Closing Date : 01 July 2023

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Study all the principles and uses of computers and software for mobile apps and websites, as well as key areas in mathematics, a major project and a six month placement in industry.

  • Acquire hands-on programming skills and advanced problem solving techniques in our dedicated computer science building (Eolas).
  • You will study another Arts subject or Critical Skills with Computer Science and Mathematics in first year.
  • There is a transfer pathway from 1st year MH101 Arts to 2nd year MH601 Multimedia Mobile and Web Development (through Arts). Students must have taken and passed at least 22.5 credits of Computer Science in first year. There is no limit on places.

Why choose this degree?

  • Students enjoy the huge benefit of studying another Arts subject with Computer Science in first year. This lends graduates a wider frame of reference.
  • The Department of Computer Science at Maynooth University was founded in 1987 and is located in the Eolas Building, a €20M state-of-the-art ICT hub. Our laboratories and equipment provide excellent facilities for practical work and all our courses include a mix of lectures and laboratory work.
  • Spending time working in industry as part of your degree enhances your employment opportunities once you graduate. We endeavour to provide a supportive and enjoyable atmosphere for learning through our Computer Science Support Centre, extensive assistance during practical work and we are always available outside of lectures to help our students.
First year
  • Computer Science (30 credits), Mathematics and 1 Arts subject from Groups 1, 2, 4 or 6 or Critical Skills
Second, third and fourth year
  • Concentrate on Computer Science and Multimedia topics only. In 3rd year students complete a minimum 6 month placement (subject to availability).

Transfer option available into this degree from the Bachelor of Arts Degree MH101 and the Bachelor of Science Degree MH201 - subject to meeting requirements.

Course Duration: 4 years

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Computing, programming and software skills are in high demand. Graphical interface design, medical imaging, videobased information systems, multimedia systems development, electronic publishing, computer-assisted translation, e-learning systems development, games development, website design and development, and software development are some areas to consider.

  • These skills are also valued in non-computing industries, such as financial services, business and administration, health services, and the automobile and aeronautics sectors.
  • Computer Science is a teaching subject at second level and therefore a career in education may also be possible.
Postgraduate study options currently include:
  • MSc Computer Science (Software Engineering)
  • MSc Geocomputation
  • MSc Data Science
  • MSc/PhD Computer Science (by research)

Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.

This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes O3 H7
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature applicants are assessed separately to school-leavers. Mature applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time/flexible degrees the mature age is 21. 

Mature applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any written tests that may be required, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2023 to the Access Office. 

Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2023

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English & O3/H7 Mathematics.
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Click here for details about optional Critical Skills courses, Electives and degree pathways. 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.



The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students
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