Course Overview

Computer Science offers MSc degrees comprising an extended period of research and the submission of a dissertation. Admission to a research degree is at the discretion of the potential supervisor (a member of academic staff) and the Head of Discipline. Applicants should have an honours primary degree in computing/IT or related areas. Applications for MSc and PhD by research can be made at any time, but registration follows the normal academic year cycle. Most of the department's research candidates are supported by fellowship schemes or externally funded research programmes.

Programmes Available

MSc (Computer Science & Information Technology), full-time 
MSc (Computer Science & Information Technology), part-time
MSc Teicneolaíocht Faisnéise (Information Technology), full-time
MSc Teicneolaíocht Faisnéise (Information Technology), part-time

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have a good honours degree (typically First Class Honours or 2:1) in a relevant area. You are recommended to begin by contacting a member of Information Technology academic staff whose research interests are most closely aligned to yours. You can find information on research interests and contacts on our website:

For MSc Applied Computing & IT: Candidates must hold at least a 2nd Class Honours Primary Degree in a related subject area or hold a Primary Degree in a related area without honours (which is acceptable to College) and have practical experience in the subject area over a period of not less than three years.

Academics will help you to identify a good research topic and can advise you of funding opportunities.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

Ms. Pat Byrne
Socio-economic impacts of ICT; ICT in education.

Dr. Des Chambers
Distributed systems; Medical informatics; Intelligent medical devices.

Dr. Jim Duggan
Enterprise computing; System dynamics and operations research; Multi-agent systems.

Ms. Josephine Griffith
Collaborative filtering; Information retrieval; Web-based education.

Prof. Gerard Lyons 
Enterprise computing; Multi-agent systems and intelligent devices; Process modeling enterprise integration.

Dr. Michael Madden 
Machine learning; Data mining; Artificial intelligence.

Mr. Hugh Melvin 
Internet multimedia services; Quality of service in networks and comms; Synchronised time services.

Dr. Owen Molloy 
Enterprise computing; Intelligent enterprise integration; Business Performance Management.

Dr. Owen Molloy 
Enterprise computing; Intelligent enterprise integration; Business Performance Management.

Dr. Colm O’Riordan 
Information Retrieval, Game Theory, Random graph generation.


Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€15,000 p.a. (€15,140 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

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