BSc (Hons) Computing - Part-time

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The BSc (Hons) in Computing aims to develop the student’s knowledge of the theory and practice of modern computing necessary for them to secure employment and perform as ICT practitioners in a broad range of commercial, industrial and public sector environments. Graduates will have a clear understanding of the practical, theoretical and professional foundations of computing science. The programme enables and supports students to develop critical analytical skills and to develop skills in applying theoretical concepts to the practice of computing.

The BSc (Hons) in Computing has been prepared in line with current developments within the ICT sector and is informed by consultation with employers. A key feature of the proposed programme is its enhanced focus on employability. The programme incorporates a mandatory 10 month work placement, which is included to ensure graduates of the programme will have the required practical application of the programme content to ensure a smooth transition into the workplace and further progression within the workplace.   The programme incorporates specific employability modules that aim to enhance the graduate’s employability by developing key transferable skills in the area of communication and leadership.

The BSc (Hons) in Computing responds to a known and often articulated skills shortage that exists in the ICT sector.   The Irish Government and Industry recognise that there is an urgent requirement to ensure an adequate supply of ICT talent and skills from both the domestic and international markets to meet needs. The central growth scenario forecast is for ICT professional demand to increase to 91,000 by 2018 (5% compound growth per annum). It is estimated that there will be approximately 44,500 potential job openings for ICT professionals in the period 2014-2018. It is recognised that there are current and medium term recruitment difficulties in relation to ICT related honours programmes. This is just in Ireland, the forecast skills shortages across Europe have been estimated as high as 264,000 by 2015.

Aims & Objectives

On completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Work effectively in ICT environments within organisations

  • Understand the theoretical and practical applications in the major areas of Computing

  • Enable the student to contextualise his/her studies by affording the opportunity of a work placement in an ICT role

  • Demonstrate presentation and reporting skills in addition to personal and career development, facilitating preparation for work and postgraduate study

  • Demonstrate experience in the research, formulation, implementation and evaluation of a problem and its solution

  • Display competence in dealing knowledgeably with general computing issues and develop effective solutions

  • Demonstrate a high level of competence in using a wide range of IT hardware and software tools to an industry level standard

  • Display and use transferable, real world skills in a variety of business contexts

  • Develop and evaluate the effectiveness of computer applications as solutions to business problems

  • Proceed to postgraduate study with specialist skills based on their programme of study

Course Content

The BSc (Hons) in Computing has the following content:  

NB: Stage 3 of this programme consists of a work placement.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 4

Core Modules

Programming Fundamentals

Mathematics and Statistics for Computing

Information Systems and Databases

Problem Solving and Algorithms

Information and Communication Technology

Computer Architecture

Web Development I

Learning to Learn

Communications for Success

Core Modules

Object Orientated Programming

Software Engineering

Data Communications and Networking


Web Development II

Operating Systems

Algorithms and Data Structures

Project Management


Core Modules

Distributed Systems

Computer Security


Elective Modules

Choose one of the following

Elective 1 - Cloud Computing

Cloud Platform Development

Cloud Infrastructure and Networking

Elective 2 - Data Analytics and Big Data

Data Mining and Analytics

Managing and Processing Big Data

Elective 3 Software Development

Software Quality Assurance

UX and GUI Development

Elective 4 Web and Cloud Technology

Advanced Web Technologies

Mobile and Social Computing

DBS Employability Pillar

In line with the DBS philosophy of ensuring its graduates have a suite of knowledge, skills and competence that make them readily employable, the programme contains an Employability Pillar of modules that complement the programme specific modules. This pillar of modules ensures students are aware of employer expectations on graduating, enhances their communication skills and time management while positioning the student for academic development during the course of their degree studies.

Teaching and Assessment

The BSc (Hons) in Computing is taught mainly through lectures and tutorials, with students taking responsibility for a significant amount of study outside scheduled class contact times. Assessed work will consist of traditional end-year examinations plus a significant element of continuous assessment based on coursework. Such coursework may involve research-based reports, case studies, essays, or practical assignments.


The BSc (Hons) in Computing is a Level 8 degree over four stages, accumulating 240 ECTS.  The programme is applied in nature, delivering an industry ready graduate with practical skills and expertise to augment theoretical and understanding of computing disciplines.

Stages 1 and 2 lay the foundations for the programme by providing students with a rigorous academic foundation and a systematic understanding of the principles, through and application of a broad range of computing modules. Stage 3 provides the opportunity for the practical application of learning and for continued learning through a 10-month work placement. Stage 4 affords the student the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge by selecting two electives from an available list of modules in addition to two core modules and a capstone project module.

Career Opportunities

The BSc (Hons) in Computing is intended to position graduates for recruitment into positions in the areas of Data Analytics, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Web & Mobile Computing and Software Development. Demand for suitably qualified IT graduates is currently very strong and will remain so for some time.

At present there is a shortage of suitably qualified people to fill a skills shortage in ICT areas, both in Ireland and internationally. Vacancies also commonly become available in organisations that have invested in IT as a key enabler of their own businesses. Given the widespread nature of computing there are opportunities in all sectors of industry including finance and insurance, technology and IT, commerce, engineering, government, education and health.


The Course Fees for the BSc (Hons) in Computing are €6,300. You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to our students.

All undergraduate programmes of 2 years or more have been approved for tax relief purposes. Tax relief is granted to Irish resident taxpayers at the standard rate of income tax in respect of tuition fees paid exceeding €2,000 and up to €7,000 for part-time programmes only

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the BSc (Hons) in Computing  As well as experiencing our outstanding facilities, you'll have the opportunity to receive personalised advice from academics from your subject area, meet current postgraduate students and also have your questions answered on general subjects such as entry requirements, student support and the admissions process.

EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

  • Academic Transcripts (Original & Official English Translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation. 

  •  Proof of Identification (Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport) 

  •  Detailed Curriculum Vitae 

  •  Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English 

  •  Academic/Business References - Ideally one Academic & one Business

Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

  • A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport 

  •  The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation.

Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned.

Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.


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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Honours Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 8
Award Title: BSc (Hons) in Computing
Award Type: Major
Duration: 4 Years (2 evenings per week)

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