Information Technology (BSc) (Level 7)

  • Course Code

    MT 705

  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course Duration:

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Course Summary

The first year curriculum is common for all degrees in the Department of Computer Science, MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork. All first year students study the same modules and this means that students can transfer to another programme in the Department in year two if they meet the CAO entry requirements for that programme when they enter MTU Cork. This offers great flexibility for qualifying students who may wish to change programmes after year one. This flexibility allows a student to make a more informed decision one year into his/her studies.

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.


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Programme admission is standard via CAO for Leaving Certificate students. Places are reserved for mature students and non standard CAO applicants. Mature students may be required to attend an interview as part of the admission process. Please email

Work Placement

Work placement starts in January of year three and can last from four to nine months. Placements for students are organised on a country-wide basis with a particular focus on Cork and Dublin. Students can also work abroad.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are English, Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Business Studies.


Computer Science

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Recorded November 2021


Programme Overview

MT 705 Course Location: MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork


The BSc in Information Technology is a three-year level 7 degree programme designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and competencies in IT infrastructure, security, emerging technologies, systems management, database systems and IT applications. The programme is designed around five key strategic pillars; Networking, Security, Cloud Computing Technologies, Scripting and Database Systems. The students who enrol on this programme will study modules aligned to the above areas.


On successful completion of this degree programme there is a progression pathway available to enable students to enter the level 8 BSc (Hons) in IT Management programme.


Programme Details

The aim of the BSc in Information Technology programme is to produce graduates who have strong Information Technology skills in areas such as IT infrastructure, operating systems, systems administration, cloud computing technologies and cyber security. Graduates will be able to deploy and administer virtualised environments, deploy and configure networks, and secure the IT infrastructure. Along with learning about IT systems, you will also learn about Information Security which is a rapidly expanding sector in the computer industry. As more technology goes online, you have to learn how private/ sensitive information may be at risk and the steps you can take to protect it.


The programme covers a wide range of modules which will be useful in any type of IT role such as networking, web services, databases, system administration, operating systems, computer security principles, project management and network security.


Work Placement

At a time of increasing reliance on IT services, the demand for graduates with the skills to implement and maintain IT infrastructure remains high. This programme is specifically designed to address this need. In Year 3, work placement runs from January. Placements for students are organised on a country-wide basis with a particular focus on Cork and Dublin. Students can also work abroad.


MTU has a long and successful association with the Erasmus programme. Every year, students travel to study at MTU Cork from across Europe and many MTU Cork students travel to study beyond our shores. The Department of Computer Science has strong links with institutions in Germany, Sweden, France, and Finland.


Further Studies

Graduates who have achieved an average of 50% are eligible to apply for year 4 (final year) of
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in IT Management (MT 805).


Question Time

On successful completion of the programme, am I qualified as an IT Technician?
Yes. You will learn hands-on the skills required to implement, maintain and secure computer networks, hardware, databases, web services and applications.


What can I work at after the 3 years study?
You can work in many IT roles e.g. IT Support Engineer, Network Administrator, System Administrator, Website Administrator, etc.


Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate award after two years?
Yes. Students who successfully complete year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Information Technology.


Can I work in the Games Development Industry with this programme?
This programme is not designed to equip its graduates with the skills needed in a developmental or programming role.


What level of Programming is contained in the programme?
Programming is not the primary focus of this programme. You will cover some basic programming modules in first year.


Graduate Profile

Ann-Marie Fitzgerald
ICT Information Security Specialist

“I was unsure of what area of IT I wanted to study initially and this programme offered a wide range of modules which allowed me to learn about several areas. Shortly after I graduated, I began working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), Dublin. A few years later, I was promoted to Senior IT Risk & Compliance Specialist, where I performed security risk assessments, security audits and dealt with clients across many areas. I’m now working as an ICT Security Specialist in the Information Security Services Department for Lease Plan Information Services (LPIS).


I’d recommend this programme to anyone who is looking for a great basis in different aspects of IT from Web development, Linux to IT Security. When you find your particular interest, you can focus your Final Year project on where your skills lie best and it can guide you into any area of IT.”


Ann-Marie initially completed a BSc in IT and then progressed to an add-on year for a BSc (Hons) in Computer Services Management (retitled IT Management).

MTU has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

Full details of the modules on this programme of study is available by clicking the following link:
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Graduates who can coordinate and supervise the configuration, testing and deployment of IT Services and the ongoing support of those systems and their users are in constant demand.


Possible Areas of Employment

  • IT Support Engineer
  • Data Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • System Administrator 

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.


CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2021: 300

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

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