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Computer Science (Interactive Entertainment Technology), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #108 (QS) Dublin, Ireland
The MSc/PGDip in Computer Science (Interactive Entertainment Technology) is a one-year course and has been designed in collaboration with Games Industry companies including Havok, Microsoft, Demonware, Radical Entertainment and others.

Overview

The MSc/PGDip in Computer Science (Interactive Entertainment Technology) is a one-year course and has been designed in collaboration with Games Industry companies including Havok, Microsoft, Demonware, Radical Entertainment and others. The programme immerses students in a state of the art learning environment, including the Microsoft sponsored IET Gamelab and classes taught by leading researchers in computer graphics, vision, networking and distributed systems, where students employ the latest hardware, software tools and technologies used by professional game development companies.

The MSc IET was listed as one of the top courses for video game studies at graduate level according to American publication, The Princeton Review, which selects the schools based on a survey it conducted in 2013-14 of institutions offering video game design coursework and degrees. The MSc IET was featured in a recent Get Into Games article of Edge Magazine Online in November 2012.

Programme Structure

The course is assessed based on a combination of assigned coursework, written examination, a group project and a research dissertation. The taught component will be composed of 30 ECTS of compulsory modules and 30 ECTS of elective modules. The compulsory components of the course are:

  • Numerical Methods and Advanced Mathematical Modelling
  • Software Engineering for Concurrent and Distributed Systems
  • Software Engineering Individual Project
  • Seminar Series
  • Interactive Entertainment Technology Group Project
  • Individual Research Dissertation
All students will select an additional 30 ECTS of elective modules from the following pool of topics:
  • Data Communications and Networks
  • Graphics and Console Hardware
  • Real-time Rendering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous Agents
  • Real-time Animation
  • Real-time Physics
  • Vision Systems
  • Augmented Reality
In addition, students will be expected to complete an individual research dissertation worth 30 ECTS.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    88

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  • Minimum required score:

    570

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  • Minimum required score:

    63

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

This course is open to graduates who have achieved the equivalent of at least an upper second-class honors degree, or better, in computing, information technology. Candidates with an upper second-class honors degree in disciplines such as engineering, mathematics, statistics, or physics are also encouraged to apply. Candidates will be required to provide evidence of their computing skills and experience.

General requirement:
  • Two academic references (or where appropriate clinical referees)
  • Academic transcript(s) which must be certified by the issuing body
  • Certified copy of degree certificate(s)
  • A recognised certificate of English Language Competency
  • Any other qualifications that may be required

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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