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The Bachelor of Science in Computing with Software Development (3 Year Abinitio) course is designed to give you the skill and competence design and build applications used by business and consumers. Their primary focus is on developing your ability to use computer languages. Modules include Introduction to Programming, Object Oriented Programming 1, 2, 3 & 4, Algorithms, Software Engineering, Object Oriented Analysis and Design.

We cover Computer Architecture and Operating Systems, and we explore networking and how computers interconnect. We look at databases, mathematics, logic and software development, together with a range of additional modules, all of which address cutting edge ICT issues.

All of our students spend a full semester, or equivalent, on work placement in third year.

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.” (

We provide the environment to allow those with a passion for software development to achieve their goals. Our courses encourage you to follow your strengths and interests through a range of project activities that are embedded in course content. These projects, together with the emphasis on career development in the courses, make studying computing at MTU Kerry Campus deeply relevant to real life situations, providing you with the perfect launch pad for a successful career. Our graduates are skilled in both research methods and project management. They are team-workers, who have the skills to progress to project-leading activities.

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 University’s BSc (Hons) in Computing with Software Development. 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
  • Many are also self-employed in the ICT area.

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