Maynooth University

Harnessing students’ creativity with the power of computers

From the simplest of tasks like password recovery to identifying credit fraud in real time, to solving everyday management issues like garbage collection and traffic violations, artificial intelligence and robotics will continue to enhance quality of life.

Artificial intelligence – defined by Encyclopaedia Britannica as the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent humans – is just one of the subjects in Bachelor of Science in Computational Thinking, a three-year accelerated undergraduate course at Maynooth University.

The underlying concept behind this course is pretty simple: combining logic with creative thinking. BSc Computational Thinking brings together computer science, mathematics and philosophy to harness human creativity with the power of computers. Career prospects for graduates span the fields of software development and analysis, mathematical and financial modelling, bioinformatics, cryptography and security.

“Students learn to model problems so that they can be most effectively attacked, to reformulate seemingly difficult questions into ones that have already been answered, to exploit abstraction, identify patterns and develop innovative strategies in areas spanning the spectrum of human activity,” according to Maynooth University’s programme description.

BSc Computational Thinking is a very relevant degree in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing digital world as students gain insights through data analysis, acquire hands on programming skills and come up with new and more efficient ways of doing things.