Course Description

Master of Science (MSc) Information Systems with Computing


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

The Master of Science (MSc) Information Systems with Computing has the following content:

    • 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.



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.




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



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CollegeDublin Business School (DBS)
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 2
Course CategoryComputing, IT & Computers
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsMaster of Science (MSc) Information Systems with Computing
Course DurationFull-time: 1 Year | Part-time: 2 Years
Course Fee€8,700 per annum (full-time) or €5,390 per annum (part-time)
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