Master of Science (MSc) Information Systems with Computing

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

Overview

  Information Systems

Aims of the Programme

The MSc in Information Systems with Computing is an innovative programme with an integrated delivery from end-to-end covering a wide range of information systems and computing topics. The programme is designed to create a deep level of knowledge and understanding in core areas such as programming, databases, web technologies and security while also offering practical skills in contemporary topics such as data analytics, distributed systems and mobile and social computing. In addition, the programme allows students to explore the issues around the management of information technology in business and industrial contexts. The programme was designed with significant input from industry and reflects the driving ethos of DBS to provide learners with career-focused programmes to enhance graduate’s employability.

Key Features of the Programme

The programme is applied in nature, delivering a graduate with practical skills and expertise to augment theoretical knowledge and understanding. 

The development of analytical and problem solving abilities as well as essential managerial skills such as team working, leadership and effective communication skills. 

Graduates from this programme will possess the following attributes:

  • Analyse and solve practical business problems through the use of technology.

  • Software design, development and engineering.

  • Systems support/Administration.

  • Data storage design and development. 

  • Software Engineering and IT project management.

  • Web application development.

  • Information systems design and development.

  • Network design and maintenance.

  • Computer systems security.

  • Data Analytics. 

  • Business analyst.

They will also possess the following competencies: 

  • Excellent at building relationships and able to work with people at all levels. 

  • Able to work well as part of a team as well as individually in a demanding environment whilst meeting tight deadlines.

  • Able to manage, organise and lead the teams.

  • Highly analytical and able to derive meaning from data.

  • An understanding of ethical and legislative issues of professional and research practice such as ethical committees, etc.

  • Able to apply their disciplinary knowledge to real world problems and challenges.

  • Excellent communicators and creative thinkers with the ability to use IS/IT skills to inform decisions.

 

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for Master of Science in Information Systems with Computing are:

  • A Level 8 primary undergraduate honours degree with a minimum Second-Class Second Division classification (2.2) from a recognised third level institution in an IT / IS or Business discipline where a significate component of the degree is related to IT / IS, or

  • A Level 8 Higher Diploma in Science in Computing.

  • A Level 8 primary undergraduate honours degree with a minimum Second-Class Second Division classification (2.2) from a recognised third level institution in a non-cognate area but holds 4 years professional experience in a related field and who require a qualification in this area in order to progress professionally, or

  • Prior knowledge and the study of the areas of databases, programming and networking is also required.

  • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language test such as IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, PTE or DBS English Assessment. Test certificates should be dated within the last two years to be considered valid.

Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification at a 2.2 award level and who have at least 3 years’ work experience may also be considered through the college’s normal RPL procedures.  Relevant professional experience may be taken into account and individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through DBS RPL procedures.

 

Course Content

 

Core Modules

Software Engineering

Advanced Databases

Networks and Systems Administration

Programming for Information Systems

Web and Mobile Technologies

Applied Research Methods

Enterprise Information Systems

Data Analytics and Visualisation

Computer Systems Security

Web Development for Information Systems

Applied Research Project

Assessment Methods

The programme is assessed through a mix of continuous assessment, skills based assessment and exams. Skills based assessment allows learners to demonstrate knowledge learned through scenario based situations and continuous assessment involves a varied mix between individual and group work.

Structure

The programme is structured in two sequential stages. Stage 1 is a wholly taught component, contributing 60 credits. Stage 2 is a supervised project, contributing 30 credits. The project component provides students with the opportunity to independently research relevant literature, to implement skills gained in the taught syllabus and also to critically analyse deliverables. 

Full-time 

For full-time students, the taught component consists of nine modules. Successful completion of the taught component (Stage 1) allows you to move on to the Award (Stage 2). 

Part-time 

For part-time students, Stage 1 delivery of the programme is structured over four taught semesters. During each semester, students will normally attend lectures on two evenings per week and occasional weekend workshops. Successful completion of the taught component (Stage 1) allows you to move on to the Award (Stage 2).

 

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Information Systems with Computing will provide you with the skills and knowledge to further develop your personal interests and career prospects in areas with skills gaps as identified by the government and industry. Typical career paths include software engineering, web application development, software analysis and design roles, systems support engineer, database developer, technical consultancy and project management roles. Graduates from MSc in Information Systems with Computing programme have the potential to work in areas such as System Analysis, Software Engineering, Enterprise Information System, Web Technologies, and Data Analytics in a wide variety of industries.

Fees

The course fees for the next academic year are €8,700 full-time, €5,390 per annum part-time or €6,300 for both full-time and part-time (16 months) higher diploma programmes for EU students. This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations.

Please note also that there is tax relief for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €1,000 and up to €7,000. 

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Click here for a full list of DBS Postgraduate fees. You can also contact our admissions team who would be happy to discuss the options available for you.

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 (https://www.dbs.ie/terms-and-conditions) and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Improve your employability

All of our postgraduate courses offer strong links with industry and the professional world and often carry accreditation from professional bodies. By choosing to study at postgraduate level, not only do you gain valuable skills and experience but you also demonstrate your determination to succeed in a chosen career. Far from being a postponement to employment, postgraduate study can help you progress further and faster in your chosen career. And, if you're not certain what direction you would like your future to take, further study can provide a secure and structured space to help you find out through exploring your strengths and interests.

Get your foot on the career ladder

A large number of our postgraduate programmes include a work placement option, giving you the opportunity to gain vocational experience, make valuable contacts and gain transferable skills. It is also worth considering that some postgraduate qualifications are essential requirements to getting on the career ladder.

Gain skills for success

During your undergraduate degree you will have developed a strong foundation of transferable skills. Postgraduate study will build on this base, giving you the opportunity to put these highly valuable skills in to practice. You will also gain invaluable practical working examples that you can go on to use at interview to set you apart from other candidates.

Visit Us

Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the Master of Science (MSc) in Information Systems with 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 Postgraduate 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 

International Students/ Non EU Applicants

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

  • Academic documents   

  • Academic transcripts  

  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)  

  • A Curriculum Vitae  

  • References from your employer/school/college  

  • A statement of purpose 

  • A copy of your passport 

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

COURSE OVERVIEW 2019

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
QQI AWARD LOGO (1)
Award: Masters Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 9
Award Title:
Master of Science in Information Systems with Computing
Award Type:
 Major
Duration:
Full-time: 1 Year
Part-time: 2 Years

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We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2020. Contact our admissions team for more information

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