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Master of Science in Computing (Computer Science for Teachers)

Status: Open




2 Years


Information Technology

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



This programme will support teachers who wish to upskill in Computer Science providing them with the formal qualification to add to their existing recognised teaching subjects. The programmes aim to develop and foster learners’ creativity and problem solving, along with their ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Learners will apply the fundamental practices and concepts of Computer Science and develop an appreciation of the diverse role of computing technology in society and the environment in which they live. This programme will nurture learners’ interests and passions and empower them to engage confidently and actively in the application of Computer Science and the education of others.

What are the entry requirements?

(a) A minimum 2.2 honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a cognate discipline or

(b) A minimum 2.2 honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a non-cognate discipline with considerable experience and/or ability, evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning


(c) Equivalent Qualifications. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered. International students must evidence a proficiency in English language for example IELTS 6.0

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?


Coding and Computational Thinking

10 credits

This module will provide learners with the knowledge and skills to teach coding and computational thinking using project based learning techniques. The core strands of this module include problem solving, coding concepts and application development. 

Web Development

5 credits

The module will develop the knowledge, skills sets and competencies of learners in the area of Website Design and Development. 

Coding for Embedded Systems

10 credits

This module will provide learners with an opportunity to examine the design and development of applications for embedded systems. 

Computer Systems and Networking

5 credits

This module will explore key computer systems and networking concepts including computer architecture, storage, data communications and network models.

Programming, Design and Development

10 credits

This module aims to develop the design and programming knowledge of the learner, adopting a principled approach to writing code and managing the software development process, contextualized in the application of programming to interactive, creative and fun data-driven projects.

Computers and Society

5 credits

This module provides an exploration of the ethical, historical, environmental and technological aspects of Computer Science and how it impacts on the social and economic development of society.

Databases and Data Analytics

10 credits

This module will enable the learner to acquire the skills necessary to design and develop database systems, collect, interpret and visualise data rooted in best data analysis practice.

Embedded Systems Development

5 credits

This module provides the learner with the opportunity to further develop their skills in the area of embedded systems based applications by examining emerging technologies and developing applications for such technologies. 

Research Project

30 credits

This module provides the learner with the opportunity to undertake a research thesis to investigate a chosen aspect of Computer Science and how it relates in an educational context.

What are the career prospects?

This programme has been designed to facilitate teachers to upskill in a new cognate area in parallel with their teaching workload. The individual modules have been designed specifically with the teacher and their students in mind to ensure that the content, learning outcomes and assessment are appropriate and relevant to the educational context. The concept of the teacher as a researcher underpins every aspect of the programme, as teachers will be required to engage with emerging trends and best practice, from a subject content perspective as well as the incorporation of that content in the classroom.

More Information


Blended and online learning provides a flexible route of study for students, which enable various degrees of autonomy and self-regulation in the learning process. This programme will be delivered in a blended learning approach with a number of face to face workshops supplemented by weekly online content. The dates for Semester 1 workshops are Saturday 19th September, Saturday 17th October and Saturday 28th November 2020.

Closing date for Applications

Friday 27th November 2020


No examinations, all modules 100% Assessment


Master of Science in Computing (Computer Science for Teachers) (Level 9, 90 Credits)

For queries relating to the course content contact

Pamela O'Brien

+353 504 28261



Instalment Plan

Instalment plans are available for students completing programmes of study for which the fees are €500 or higher and are a minimum of 10 weeks in duration.  If your programme of study meets this criteria and you are interested in setting up an instalment plan, please contact the Grants & Fees Office of LIT, to set-up an agreed, signed instalment plan.  The Grants & Fees Office can be contacted via email at or by telephone at 061 293366.  Please note that Instalment Plans must be in place before the commencement date of the programme and by the date indicated in your post-offer correspondence.