Computational Problem Solving and Software Development
BSc in Computational Problem Solving and Software Development
Please note this this course will not be on offer in 2017/2018
The degree in Computational Problem Solving and Software Development (CPSSD) is aimed at students with an evinced passion for and ability in computer programming and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Software is developed to solve problems and to create innovative new products, services and apps, and it’s being applied in a large and ever-growing number of contexts, from business to climatology, from ICT to health. The programme requires a level of pre-developed computer programming skills and to be considered for admission, you must submit a portfolio that demonstrates your computing expertise and interests.
Your course work will be split between academic modules and software development projects (typically carried out in teams). The teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills you acquire will be applicable to non-ICT scenarios, and graduates become active citizens and future shapers.
Why do this course?
- The BSc in Computational Problem Solving and Software Development (CPSSD) is the first of its kind in Ireland
- Students are mentored closely, particularly in the first two years, and a significant number of our industrial partners are keen to jointly mentor the student projects.
- You will have significant input into the direction your studies take you and you will spend one year on a paid industrial work placement.
We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.
A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.
As a CPSSD graduate, you’ll be 'fluent' in problem solving, software development and general ICT skills, drawing many prospective employers both in Ireland and worldwide.
If you have an entrepreneurial flair, you’ll also be encouraged and supported to set up your own company and commercialise your ideas.
You’ll have a wealth of job opportunities available to them when you graduate, including:
- Software Architect
- Software Developer
- Software Project Manager
- Team Leader
- Technical Director
In these areas
In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply
Minimum of O1 or H4 in Mathematics and a Programming Portfolio
GCE A Level
GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level B
FETAC Level 5
No Entry Path
There is no transfer entry to third year of Computational Problem Solving and Software Development. Special note: All applicants to the BSc in Computational Problem Solving and Software Development (CPSSD) programme must submit a portfolio and be interviewed. Visit www.computing.dcu.ie/undergraduate/pssd/ portfolio-interview for more details on portfolio requirements.
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
Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations
Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May
Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU
Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.
All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here
EU Transfer Applicants
Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July