Award Type and NFQ level : CERTIFICATE LEVEL 6

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The Maynooth University Certificate in Computer Science is a Level 6 Foundation Programme for mature students who wish to undertake a foundation year in preparation for degree studies in the Computer Science, Science and Engineering areas. Students enrolling on this one-year, full-time programme can opt for either the Science strand or the Computer Science strand.  There are a maximum of 25 places on the course each year, and students benefit from the collegial and supportive learning environment provided by this group.

More detail available through the mature student website


The course is full-time and delivered over two 12-week semesters, with an additional intensive Mathematics refresher week before Semester 1 begins. Examinations take place in January and May. 

The course provides a broad introduction to computer science, with modules on computer science, mathematics, computer science, engineering science, experimental physics and mathematical physics. The course also provides an introduction to study skills and the psychology of learning and supports transition to university through classes on information technology, effective communication and academic writing. Students will gain experience of working in groups, independent study and giving presentations. Students complete assessments throughout the year and receive feedback on their work. Such experience will be of particular benefit for those going on to degree level study.

Course Duration: 1 year

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Department of Computer Science

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Department of Computer Science

Department of ALL Institute

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Successful completion of the NUI Certificate in Computer Science, along with successful completion of the Maynooth University Special Mathematics Examination in August 2022, will allow enrolment on the first year of one of the degree courses listed below:

While the Certificate in Computer Science guarantees students, who achieve 60% plus, an offer of a place on specific courses (MH 201, MH601 and MH602), applicants should also be aware of the wider opportunities, that are also available. Students who achieve very high grades may progress across the full range of STEM courses in MU (subject to approval by the individual departments) - Physics with Astrophysics (MH204), Theoretical Physics and Maths (MH206), Biological and Biomedical Sciences (MH208), Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry (MH210) and Science / Maths Education (MH212).  

For students who have successfully completed the course and decided that Science is not for them opportunities also exist in Arts (e.g. MH101). Completion of the course and achievement of good results are very favourably looked upon by the University as demonstrating both preparation and commitment for level 8 studies.

Applications for September 2024 entry will open in February 2024. 

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