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Survey says international students prefer degrees in computer science, business and engineering

A survey of the programs preferred by international students in EduCo-partner institutions – Dublin City University, TU Dublin, IT Sligo and Maynooth University – revealed that majority of the students are studying bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in computer science, business and engineering after undergoing at least 12 months of the International Foundation Program (IFP). 

Students in these institutions have aligned their choices with existing industry requirements in industries where there is a growing demand for graduates.

Dublin City University

The five most popular undergraduate degree programs among DCU’s international students are:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Application
  • Bachelor of Business Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Data Science
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting and Finance 
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering

Likewise, the five most popular graduate degree programs are:

  • Master of Science in Computing
  • Master of Science in Management (Business),
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering/ Master of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science in Management (Strategy)
  • Master of Science in Digital Marketing

DCU has a Master’s degree with for the January 2020 intake. It’s called MEng Electronic & Computer Engineering. Students need a 4-year degree in Electronic/Electrical/Computer Engineering, Applied Physics, Computer Sciences or other Engineering Discipline and IELTS (or equivalent) of 6.5. The program runs for one year and costs €17,000. Application deadline is on 16 September.

This program is at the highest European master’s degree level. It offers advanced-level courses in the theory, analysis, design, modelling and manufacturing of electronic and computer systems. This newly-revised offering combines the expertise of Electronic Systems and Telecomunications Engineering in an updated, industry-relevant modern program. Students have the option of specialising in one of five areas: Internet of Things (IOT), Nanotechnology, Image Processing and Analysis, Semiconductor and Plasma Technology or Advanced Data Networks. 

Opportunities will arise in Irish and international high-tech industry roles, including:

  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Management Engineer
  • Software Engineer

Graduates have been employed by companies like Google, Intel, Oracle, IBM and Boston Scientific.

The skills learned, however, are fundamental and can also be applied to many other disciplines. In addition, the Masters Project will also greatly improve the graduate’s employment potential.

Technological University Dublin

The five most popular undergraduate programs are:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (International)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business & Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance.

For graduate degree programs, the five most popular are:

  • Master of Science in Computing (Data Analytics)/ Master of Science in Computing (Advanced Software Development)
  • Master of Science in Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management
  • Master of Science in International Business 
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

TU Dublin has a master’s qualifier for any student with 6.5 IELTS and a 4-year degree in non-computing field who wants to progress to a full Master’s in Computing. This starts in January 2020 and students will progress to the Master’s in Sept 2020. It’s called the MSc Qualifier Computing (DT8266) and costs €5,500.

Applications are open until 1 December. This is a very popular and interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The MSc in Computing Masters Qualifier will offer graduates in non-computing disciplines the opportunity to acquire the core knowledge of computing concepts necessary to be eligible for entry to the MSc in Computing program in the School of Computing.  

Course content

  • Object-Oriented Software Development
  • Information Systems
  • Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks
  • Web and User Interface Design
  • Systems Analysis and Testing

IT Sligo

Of the over 100 programs offered at IT Sligo, the most popular degree programs among international students include three undergraduate programs and one graduate degree program, as follows:

  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Computing
  • Master of Science in Bioprocessing Science.

Maynooth University

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering and Bachelor of Business Studies in Business are two of the most sought-after undergraduate degrees for students.

For the graduate programs, the top five preferred programs are:

  • Master of Science in Data Science & Analytics
  • Master of Science in Business Management or Master of Science in Marketing
  • Master of Science in IT-Enabled Innovation
  • Master of Science in Computer Science (Applied)/ Master of Science in Computer Science (Software Engineering) 
  • Master of Science in Immunology & Global Health. 

Job outlook for international student graduates

According to CPL’s Career Insights Centre, Ireland’s unemployment rate is at its lowest since February 2008. It also reported an average wage increase of 3.9% for entry-level salaries. It even highlighted six sectors that are growing in job demand for 2019, as follows: (1) Accountancy and Finance, (2) Pharmaceuticals, (3) Digital Marketing, (4) Technology, (5) Language Jobs and (6) Insurance.

In a separate update, CPL reported that the most in-demand jobs in 2019 are in the Financial Services, Technology and Engineering sectors. There are skills gaps in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sectors and those with the expertise in these areas have the best chance of landing a job.

Those that have completed their master’s or doctoral degrees have plenty of opportunities for career advancement especially in the field of academic research. They’re also most likely to be hired by employers after graduation. According to the Higher Education Authority’s annual survey of graduate prospects, 77% of computer science graduates with an honours bachelor’s (level 8) degree last year landed a job within nine months from graduation.

Careers for business graduates come from various sectors like accountancy, advertising, banking, investment and financial services, general management, HR/personnel, management consultancy, public relations, retail management and sales and marketing. According to GradIreland, students learn a range of employability skills out of their business degree. Employers are on the lookout for business graduates with transferable skills such as analytical ability, communication and presentation skills, goal setting, leadership skills, numeracy, problem solving, team work and time management.