Program Overview

Computer Science Common Entry is designed to provide you with a gateway to better choice if you’re unsure which area you’d like to study. You can avail of a broad common first year which will introduce you to various topics in Computing. Having gained a better understanding of each subject area, you then choose your preferred pathway to specialise for the remainder of your degree programme. At UL, you get to try before you decide.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Computer Science (Common Entry) offers exposure to a variety of subjects relating to different areas of computing such as general programming, knowledge of computer architecture, games modelling, and an understanding of the mathematical basis that underpins computing. Our well-equipped and modern laboratories will enable you to acquire practical experience and skills with confidence. You will follow a common first-year programme of study and then select one of the three BSc programmes during the second semester. During the first year you will become well-versed in a range of computing subjects, and therefore, can make better choices that suit your particular needs and interests.

The modules in first year provide students with a foundation in Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) in Java and python, and introduce functional and assembly languages. The modules are selected to give insights into the three Denominated Programmes (options), these being (a) BSc Computer Systems, (b) BSc in Cyber Security and IT Forensics, and (c) BSc Computer Games Development.

BSc in Cyber Security and IT Forensics focuses on the construction of safe and secure networks and systems of the future. The basics of computation are discussed in the computer science modules. The structure and operation of a computer and networks are presented in the computer organisation modules.  The Games Design module introduces design and programming of games. A basic competency in discrete and computer maths is necessary for all of the above, and for the Artificial Intelligence and Data Science streams in years 3 and 4 of two of the Denominated Programmes. Abstraction and problem solving are fundamental in computer science and these are covered in the module Representation and Modelling. 

Semester 1    

  • Representation and Modelling    
  • Introduction to Programming    
  • Foundations of Computer Science 1    
  • Fundamentals of Computer Organisation    
  • Discrete Mathematics    

Semester 2

  • Games Modelling Design
  • Software Development
  • Foundations of Computer Science 2
  • Computing Systems Organisation
  • Computer Maths 2

Minimum grades    

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements    

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade O2/H6 in Mathematics.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

The career opportunities will depend primarily on the BSc programme chosen by you. One specific career path open to a graduate from all three programmes is that of Software Developer / Software Engineer. These roles now sometimes specify additional specialities such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, data analytics, and cloud computing; all of which are covered in depth across the three Denominated Programmes (options). In addition, there are attractive follow-on postgraduate options, both nationally and internationally, leading to Masters and PhD awards.


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