Computer Systems (BSc Honours)

  • Course Code

    MT 802

  • Field of Study

    Computing,Software Development

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BSc (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course Duration:

4 Years (8 semesters)

Course Summary

It is specialised and targeted toward a particular job market. If you feel that you would be interested in planning and designing the computer networks used to allow computers communicate all over the world then apply for this course. This programme has been designed so that the first year curriculum is common for all degrees in the Department of Computer Science, MTU Bishopstown Campus. 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 six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics*, and either English or Irish.


*Mathematics must be at least Grade O3/H7.


Info re MTU Mathematics Exam only
Some students who apply to MTU courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, MTU offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.

Work Placement

In year 3, placements for students are organised on a countrywide basis with a particular focus on Cork and Dublin. Students have also obtained placement in other countries such as France, Germany, Sweden, and the USA.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects with ‘problem solving skills’ or that require analytical thought, e.g. Mathematics, Science, Engineering, and Business.


Computer Science

For information on Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here


Recorded November 2021


Programme Overview

The BSc (Hons) in Computer Systems is a four-year level 8 degree programme designed for students who have a keen interest in computer system, embedded systems and software development. With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), computer systems engineering is a fast growing sector of the international computing industry. Embedded systems have become widespread and can be found in almost all modern consumer devices, from washing machines to modern cars. A computer systems engineer is someone who combines knowledge of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis to develop, test and evaluate software for personal computers and more.



MT 802 Course Location: MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork

The first year curriculum is common for all degrees in the Department of Computer Science,
MTU Bishopstown Campus. All first year students study the same modules and this means
that students can transfer to another programme within the Department in year two if they
meet the CAO entry requirements for that programme when they enter MTU Bishopstown
Campus, 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 their studies.

You will become a software developer who has the programming, analysis and design skills combined with the hardware knowledge to create network/Internet/ cloud-based applications. You will understand how devices (such as smart devices, desktop computers and tablets) communicate with each other and the world around them.


You will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of computer systems, embedded systems, systems programming and real time systems, along with knowledge and understanding of modern computer architectures. You will be encouraged to use initiative and confidence in approaching problems, investigating solutions using a blend of analytical and practical skills.


You will be able to plan and design the infrastructure and systems that will allow this to happen. This knowledge of both the hardware and software of a computer system will be highly sought after in the very near future as the Internet of Things (IoT) vision becomes a reality. You will also learn general Computer Science skills that will benefit you in many industries.


Further Studies

For details, see

Suitably qualified graduates may also apply for: postgraduate research degrees at Masters (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) level where further specialisation in your preferred area of Computer Science is possible. Suitably qualified graduates may also apply for these taught programmes


Question Time

What makes MT 802 different from the other Computing Honours Degrees at MTU Cork?
It has a stronger hardware and telecommunications emphasis, and uses mathematical abilities more.

Is there a scholarship available for the programme?
The McKesson Women in IT Scholarship is awarded each year to the female Leaving Certificate student with the highest CAO points entering a programme in the Department of Computer Science, MTU Bishopstown Campus. The scholarship will be paid to the recipient for each year of her undergraduate degree programme along with mentoring, internship and networking opportunities at McKesson Cork.


What level of Programming is contained in the course?
Programming and Software Engineering are a crucial part of the course, accounting for roughly a quarter of the mandatory modules.


Can I design and develop websites from this course?
Yes, although it is not a primary focus of the course. The programming skills you will learn can be applied to web development.

Can I go on to specialise in Cloud Computing?
Yes, having graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Computer Systems, it is possible to apply for entry to the taught MSc in Cloud Computing.


Can I work in the Games Development Industry with this course?
Yes, the games industry requires interdisciplinary teams when developing new products. A graduate with good software development skills and in particular, programming skills would be a major asset to such a team. We also offer a Games Development elective module.

Graduate Profile

Donal Lynch
Software Engineer

“The work placement was of great benefit in which I was very fortunate to get the opportunity to work with Cisco Systems in San José, California. This was definitely one of the highlights of my four years spent in CIT.


Upon graduation, I rejoined Cisco Systems as a software engineer, this time in its newly established Research & Development Centre based in Galway. I’m currently working in the Unified Communications Business Unit where I apply both my knowledge on networking protocols and software design and development, all of which I acquired during my time spent in CIT.”

MTU Cork 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 (Honours) in Computer Systems CR116

You will have career opportunities in Cork, Ireland and abroad, with large multinationals (such as IBM, EMC, Intel, Johnson Controls, Google, Cisco), and also with smaller Irish companies. You will be qualified to work in a wide variety of industries, such as networking, telecoms, data storage, and finance. Some graduates have progressed into Project and People Management roles. Graduates have commented that the dual nature of the course and the variety between the modules, opened more doors to employment than a single-focused course could have.

Possible Areas of Employment

  • Software Developer
  • Network Engineering
  • Network Specialist
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Specialist
  • Embedded Systems Programmer
  • Systems Engineer

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: 365

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

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