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Faculty of Engineering and Computing

MSc in Electronic Commerce (Technical)

Master of Science in Electronic Commerce (Technical)

  • PAC CodeDC821
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Duration 1 Year


Dublin City University School of Computing and Business School have combined to develop and offer a full-time MSc in Electronic Commerce with two distinct concentrations, business and technical. The two concentrations within the same overall Masters degree programme are designed to offer two distinct tracks with a shared e-commerce emphasis to appeal to both technical and business specialists.

The uniqueness of this Masters degree lies in the interaction fostered between participants on its Technical and Business streams. Its specially designed structure sees students of both streams following a common core curriculum, along with a number of modules particular to their stream. Over two taught semesters participants on the Business stream take modules in advanced business topics, as well as some fundamental modules in computing. Simultaneously, students on the Technical stream take advanced computing courses, along with introductory modules in business topics. Hence, this curriculum allows participants to gain a solid grounding in both the technical and strategic issues relating to e-commerce.

The Programme is firmly grounded in the reality of the Information Age. This is reflected in the major project of a practical nature on which students are required to work collaboratively between May and late August. This involves students of both streams coming together to build a prototype e-commerce system that solves a real-world problem or exploits a real-world opportunity. The projects, which may be provided by corporate clients or involve some of the students' own ideas, typically involve market research, formulation of project and business plans, and design and development of a working e-commerce system prototype.


It aims to provide graduates with the multi-faceted skills required to operate successfully in the dynamic e-commerce, mobile technology and other high tech industries. With a strong practical focus, it has a wealth of attractive features for both recent graduates and those wishing to update their skills through full-time study.

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DCU is Ireland's University of Enterprise with an industry engagement strategy which benefits our students in many ways including:

  • Learning from academic experts with high level industry relevant experience ensuring you graduate with the most up-to-date knowledge of theory and practice.
  • Exposure to leading international experts and thought leaders during the conferences relevant to business and technology
  • Working on real-world industry client projects, applying theory and giving you the practical skills and experience demanded by employers today
  • Heavy emphasis on applied learning
  • Strong exposure and critical analysis of existing, new and emerging technologies which enable strategic change.


Career Prospects

The unique mix of skills acquired by students over the course of the programme makes them highly employable. This is true not only in relation to high-tech sector jobs but also for more traditional industries where graduates can develop innovative new systems and processes to enable firms to meet the challenges of the Information Economy.

As a result, graduates have undertaken a variety of careers in Ireland and abroad as software developers, Web authors, business analysts, e-marketing specialists and e-business technologists with such companies as Daimler AG, e-Spatial Solutions, Magico, Microsoft, Mars UK, Deloitte, Accenture and JP Morgan.


General Entry Requirements

There are two distinct intakes into the degree programme reflecting the two different concentrations of the graduates produced.

Technical Stream: Candidates must have, at a minimum, a second class honours degree in computer science, computing, computer applications or a related discipline. Candidates with significant industry experience in the electronic commerce/software development sectors, in addition to a primary degree in some other discipline, may also apply for entry.

Business Stream: Candidates must have, at a minimum, an upper second class honours degree in business, computing or a related discipline.In exceptional circumstances, candidates with a lower second class honours degree may be admitted. Candidates with significant business experience, on top of a primary degree in some other discipline, may also apply for entry.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study to date

Non Native English speakers must submit

Dates for Submission of Applications September 2018

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( for the September 2018 intake.

 The application closing dates for the September 2018 intake are as follows:

EU: 31st July 2018

Non-EU: 11th July 2018

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Study Visas

Applicants requiring a student visa for entry to Ireland are encouraged to inquire with the relevant Irish embassy as to the closing date for application for such visas. This may involve significant processing times. Applicants who do not secure a study visa in time will be unable to take up their offer of a place on any DCU programme.

Queries on Completed Applications

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