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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computing with Software Development

What is in Computing with Software Development

The Bachelor of Science Honours in Computing with Software Development (4 Year Abinitio) course takes into account the specific needs (skillset) 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...It 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 in Computing with Software Development at IT, Tralee

We provide the environment that allows students with a particular passion for software development to achieve their goals. In an area such as computing the limits of a student’s potential are determined by the student’s commitment and effort. The programme has the scope to allow the student to follow their interest through a range of project activities that are embedded in the four years and in many of the individual modules.These projects and the emphasis on career development in the programmes make studying computing at the Institute highly relevant to real life situations and future career opportunities.

As a BSc (honours) graduate you will be skilled in research methods and project management and should be able to take on tasks as part of a project team and build up to leading project activities. You should be able to take responsibility for projects where you have to design, plan, undertake and report on your work and that of your team. You will be in a position to develop further your knowledge, skills and competence as a scientist though practice

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. Graduates of the Institute’s BSc (Hons) in Computing with Software Development programme may find work in 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.