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Computer Science - Future Networked Systems

1 year full-time

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Course Director

Prof. Séamus Lawless

Telephone Number

+353-1-896 2418

postgraduate@scss.tcd.ie

Website

 https://www.scss.tcd.ie/postgraduate/msc-cs/

Course Description

The new MSc in Computer Science has a common set of entry criteria and leads to a Master's degree in Computing specializing in one of four exciting areas: Data ScienceIntelligent SystemsGraphics and Vision Technologies and Future Networked Systems.

The course is designed and taught by staff who are renowned research leaders in their fields. The course content is inspired by their cutting-edge work as well as their contacts with leading industry researchers around the globe.

In the first semester, students gain the necessary skills in Research Methods (to enable students to produce their own dissertation), Innovation (to equip students with skills in company formation or innovating within a large company) and Machine Learning (a foundational technique for each of the specializations).  In addition, students will make a start on their specialist modules in their chosen strand. 
 

During the 2nd semester, students will begin foundational work on their dissertation, and immerse themselves in modules of their chosen strand.
 

The 3rd semester will be exclusively focussed on the Dissertations, doing experimental work, building prototypes and writing up the work.

We expect our graduates to be in high-demand for top-end research and development positions within leading multi-national companies and from startup-companies alike.  There will also be opportunities to progress to PhD study with many funded positions available locally.

 

Future Networked Systems
Computer networking has tranformed society over the past 20 years and is continuing to enable new advances from social networking through Internet-of-Things to Cloud computing.  This strand builds on research activity within the CONNECT research centre and a long history of innovation and start-up companies at the school.

Future Networked Systems Strand Modules;

Michaelmas Term (Sept-Dec)
Machine Learning
NS Elective 1
Scalable Computing
Research Methods
Innovation
Option 1
    
Hilary Term (Jan-March)
Distributed Systems
Urban Computing
Security & Privacy
Advanced Software Engineering
Option 2
    
Summer Term (April-August)
Dissertation

NS Elective 1 is selected from: Internet of Things, Next Generation Networks.

Option 1 and Option 2 are elective modules selected from the other strands.

Along with the core modules in the first semester, you will choose one module from a list of two.  These include Internet of Things, we explore the technology underlying this burgeoning area including middleware, service discovery and composition and sensor and network virtualization.  Practical exercises will lead you through design, implementation and deployment of an end-to-end IoT application. In Next Generation Networks, we explore future trends in fixed and wireless communications netoworks including next-generation access, LTE and Software-Defined network technologies.  Finally, you can choose one subject (5 credits) from a pool of MSc modules allowing you to complement your core interests in Future Networked Systems.

In the 2nd semester you will cover a 10 credit  course in Advanced Software Engineering  which explores the methods and techniques involved in large-scale software development encompassing Agile and eXtreme Programming (XP), Test-driven development and Re-factoring.   Scalable Computing looks at how applications and workloads can be serviced by warehouse-scale computing facilities.  The module will explore cloud architectures, resource management and security considerations.  Arising from research within the school's Smart & Sustainable cities research centre, our Urban Computing Module will explore the techniques for gathering urban data, management of that data, visualization and alerts and will involve the development of a complete smart city application. A course in Security & Privacy will complement other courses covering such topics as Authentication, Digital Rights Management Cloud security and user privacy. Distributed Systems - which deals with concurrency, the science of distributed transactions, web services and advanced application frameworks.  Finally, Option 2 will allow you to choose a complementary modules from our pool.

By April, you will have chosen your dissertation topic, picked and consulted with your chosen supervisor and be ready to develop substantial time researchering and prototyping your work.  We expect that the top projects should deliver publishable quality papers over this period.

Course Details

Duration

1 year full-time

Next Intake

September 2019

Closing Date

31 July 2019

The MSc programme aims to produce very high quality graduates that can become leaders in high-tech industry and academic research.  It will be intensive, demanding and rewarding.

For entry to the course, we require the following:

  • A II.1 (60-69%) grade or higher from a reputable university in Computing or strongly related discipline
  • A standard of English language competence that will allow full participation in coursework, classwork and other activities - this means an IELTS level of 6.5 overall with no single component below 6.0
  • You need to be able to be fully competent in programming in C, C++ or Java [for Graphics and Vision Technologies, you will need to have or acquire competence in C++]
  • A strong work ethic and the resolve to strongly engage with the demanding programme.  This means, for example, that it will be extremely difficult to do the course while holding part-time employment.

Get In Touch

Course Director

Prof. Séamus Lawless

Telephone Number

+353-1-896 2418

postgraduate@scss.tcd.ie

Website

 https://www.scss.tcd.ie/postgraduate/msc-cs/