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Bachelor of Science in Computing with Software Development

What is Computing with Software Development

The Bachelor of Science in Computing with Software Development (3 Year Abinitio) course considers the specific needs of the software industry and what it expects from graduates. It will give you an all-inclusive professional qualification with a solid foundation in the key aspects of the Software Development Process allowing you to become a specialist in computer programming, web development, testing, data analytics and databases.

This course is one of three streams offered in Computing, the others being Computing with Digital Media, and Computing with Games Development. There is also an option to take the Computing degree, in which the specialism is chosen after first year. There is a core of computing modules common to all streams and the streams differ by approximately a quarter of the modules.  This structure has several advantages, including a common first year which allows for the seamless transfer of students between streams before second year.  For this reason, we advise that, if a student intends to undertake any of these streams that they select all the streams on the CAO. This ensures that they will take advantage of any difference in the points for entry requirement.

All students go on a work placement in semester 6, usually January to May of the third year. This provides invaluable experience and connects students to possible future employers and colleagues. A high proportion of our students get full time posts with their placement employers after graduating.

The computing department at Tralee has a dedicated staff, and the staff student ratios ensure that our staff know and interact individually with all our students. We encourage interaction with the staff and with peers, as we see this as being essential to learning.

"As the world’s second largest software exporter, Ireland is recognised internationally as a leading location for companies in the Software sector...”

"Ireland is home to over 900 Software companies, including both multinational and indigenous firms, employing 24,000 people and generating €16 billion of exports annually.” (

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Why study Computing with Software Development at IT, Tralee

The department has long experience of computing and particularly in the important area of software development. We recognise the wide application of software development skills as the demand for good software developers continues. Information Technology Enterprises in the region and in Ireland have regarded graduates of this long established programme as being of a high calibre and they hit the ground running when recruited for employment. The course provides a comprehensive range of integrated content that helps the student build skills over the three years that provide a solid foundation for further study and a career in programming and software sector of the ICT industry.

The first year of the course is common with the Multimedia, Interactive Web Development and Games Development specialisms so that you can transfer to one of these areas up to the end of the first year should you discover that your interest lies in one of these.

What are my career opportunities

Computing and ICT continue to be sectors of the Irish and world economies that display strong growth despite the downturn that has affected most other sectors. Technology enterprises are looking for graduates with a combination of skills. The areas most in demand are the core computing areas of programming and software skills as graduates with these tend to be most versatile and adaptable.

This three year BSc course will introduce you to a range of computing technologies and applications. You will be equipped with the skills and know-how to work in situations under supervision. You will be in a position to work in a technical support function as you gain experience.

You should also be well positioned to progress to an Honours award in the field of computing. Most graduates of the BSc progress to the Institute’s BSc (Hons) in Computing with Software Development Programme. Depending on their particular skill sets, ordinary degree graduates may find work in a support capacity initially and through work experience progress to more senior roles such as:

  • Programmer/software developer in technology enterprises and areas where ICT is heavily used such as finance services, education and health care
  • Developer of digital media and audio/video content
  • Network technician and administrator
  • Database administrator
  • Web developer and web manager


BSc (Hons) in Computing in Software Development (+1 Year)