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Why study at MTU?


Here are a few reasons to study in the Department of Computer Science, MTU, Cork.

  • Highly Respected Qualification - MTU is internationally recognised for its excellence in research, learning and engagement with industry.
  • Small lab groups - Maximum 20 students per lab, to ensure no one gets lost in the crowd and everyone can get the help they need to progress. 
  • Focus is on labs/practical hours - 50% to 80% of time spent with the lecturer on each module is in the labs. The best way to learn is by doing it.
  • Fundamental to Advanced - In the first semester, you’ll learn the basics of several Computing topics. Each semester, you’ll build on that knowledge to an advanced level by final year.


Lecturers are highly-qualified experts and researchers in many areas including:

  • Programming (Java, Python, C, PHP, and JavaScript - the languages that allow you to create applications to do things)
  • Data Analytics (making sense of the information in our world)
  • Internet of Things (creating smart everyday items)
  • Information Security (keeping your private information safe)
  • Cloud Computing (why store/process information on your computer when you can store/process it in the cloud?)
  • Machine Learning (making computers/machines think like us)


Whether you start at Level 7 or Level 8, you’ll have the opportunity to progress all the way to Level 9 (Masters, taught or research) and/or Level 10 (PhD) within the department.

Paid work placement

This is organised through the department for 3rd year students with local and national companies. You’ll get hands-on experience in industry, your first professional job reference, perhaps an exciting Final Year Project with the company, or maybe even a future job opportunity! Some of the companies recently involved in providing work placement opportunities include Intel, Trend Micro, Huawei, Pilz, Pivotal, Qualcomm, Dassault, IBM, Teamwork, Pfizer, EMC, VCE, Bons Secours, AvNet, VMware, Janssen, Eli Lily, Tyco, Nimbus, WaveBreak Media, Azotel, Eirteic, SNIPP, SoftTrace, Crest Solutions and many, many more!

Job Oppor​tunities

Recent graduates are currently working in the companies above and many others.


It’s difficult to be certain about the programme you want to complete before you start it. There’s a large amount of flexibility for students to change programmes in the department after first year because first year modules are exactly the same for all programmes. First year modules cover the basics of computer science.

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