Course Description

Computing - Communications Software

The Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector plays a very significant role in Ireland and other countries. In Ireland, this sector comprises more than a thousand organisations ranging from multinationals to start-up companies. Up to 60% of ICT activity in Ireland is communications related including wireless applications, infrastructure and telecommunications.

Recent years, however, have seen changes within these industries that could result in lower value activities moving to low cost countries. The best way to counter this, from an Irish perspective, is to create higher value-added jobs in ICT and in converged communications research in particular. The increased level of public investment in ICT research and development in recent years, mainly by Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, has been motivated by this strategic goal.

At the heart of the profound change in the ICT sector is the convergence of telecommunications and Internet technologies and the emergence of large-scale, open networks that can provide all kinds of services. The telephone service is becoming just one of several available, and all these services are being provided increasingly over the Internet. People want so-called pervasive presence the ability to be connected wherever and whenever they choose, regardless of location. To facilitate this, we will progressively see computing and communications facilities embedded into our smart homes, cars and shared public spaces. At the same time, we will want to protect our privacy and to trust the security of communications and transactions we make using this emerging infrastructure.

Recognising these trends, Waterford Institute of Technology has offered, since September 2005, a taught MSc in Computing that specialises in Communications Software. This MSc specifically addresses the major thematic areas of the ICT sector that are perceived to offer best prospects for growth, particularly in an Irish context. These areas include communications management, service development, security and new developments in ubiquitous and pervasive computing.

CollegeWaterford Institute of Technology
Course LocationWaterford
Course CategoryComputing, IT & Computers
Course TypeClassroom Based
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Course Duration24 months part-time
Course FeePOA
Course CodeWD515
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