Application Requirements
MSc in Computer Science

The MSc course in all its strands 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 grade of at least II.1 (Upper Second Class Honours) or higher from a reputable university, in Computing or a strongly related discipline
  • A standard of English language competency that will allow full participation in coursework, classwork and other activities - specifically this means an overall IELTS level of 6.5 or equivalent. See specific details below.
  • You need to be able to be fully competent in programming. All candidates will have to complete a programming test in C, C++ or Java before being offered a place on the course. Several modules on the course may also require programming in Python.
  • A strong work ethic and the resolve to strongly engage with the demanding program.  This means, for example, that it will be extremely difficult to do the course while holding part-time employment. Students should expect to engage in a large amount of practical work during the course.

As part of the selection process, you will be asked to take an on-line programming test (in C, C++ or Java).

Admission Links

The following links will take you directly to the Trinity College on-line application process:

Apply for MSc in Computer Science (Augmented and Virtual Reality)

Apply for MSc in Computer Science (Data Science)

Apply for MSc in Computer Science (Future Networked Systems)

Apply for MSc in Computer Science (Intelligent Systems)

The online application system opens to accept applications for the academic year 2024/2025 on November 1st 2023. 

Application Requirements

The following documents MUST be submitted with your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript of academic results to date
    • If you have not completed your studies, you must provide transcripts of your course to date indicating modules studied and grades received so far.
  • Copies of degree certificates
    • If you have not yet graduated, you may be made a conditional offer subject to submitting formal transcripts before the start of the academic year]
  • Two Academic references
    • Normally a reference request is sent to the referees identified in your application form. However it is also acceptable for you to upload these yourself if your referees are willing to provide this to you. Please note that these must be either (a) on the TCD academic reference template or (b) on paper bearing the letterhead of the referee's institution, signed and dated within the last 12 months.
  • If English is not your first language, you will be required to submit an English Competency certificate. NOTE that this is required of all candidates whose first language is not English, even if they have been instructed in the medium of English.
    This may be one of the following:
    • a minimum score of at least 570 on the paper-based TOEFL test, or
    • a minimum score of at least 230 on the computer-based TOEFL test, or
    • a minimum score of at least 88 on the Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL test (with a written score of 21), or
    • a minimum of Grade C in the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, or
    • a minimum of Grade C in the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, or
    • a minimum score of 6.5 overall (with no individual band below 6.0) in the IELTS, or
    • a minimum of Grade 63 (with no section score below 59) in the Pearson Test of English, PTE (Academic), or
    • as a special measure, due to COVID-19, the Duolingo Online test will be accepted for 2022/23 admissions (requirement: minimum overall score of 120/160)

If your undergraduate education has not been wholly in the English language, it is highly recommended that you consider taking one of the English for Academic Practice (EAP) courses offered in TCD. See:

The University may require additional documents based on your circumstances. Guidelines on how to complete the application form as well as the additional documents that must accompany an application are available from the Graduate Admissions Office.

Please note that processing of your application may be delayed until all above requirements are submitted. In limited cases where there are pending documents, excellent candidates may be made a Conditional Offer. Candidates should be aware that the conditional offers are not indefinite and may be withdrawn if further information or relevant documents are not provided in due course.

If you are applying from India and you have sat the All-India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEE) or if you have taken or intend to take the All-India Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE), please include your scores.

General queries for the MSc in Computer Science can be sent to

Notification of Decision

Most candidates should expect a decision within 5-weeks following the receipt of the complete application. However, response times may vary depending on the volume of applications. Please note that if there are any missing documents at time of submission, this is likely to delay processing of an application. 

Course Fees

The most uptodate information on fees is available at the TCD Fees page here.

The fee level for the2024/2025 academic year was as follows (we will update this as soon as the 2023/24 fee levels are available):

Students from European Union Countries

Tuition: €8,590
Levies for Sports, USI Membership and Commencements: €301
Total Fee: €8,891

Students from Non-European Union Countries

Tuition: €26,989
Levies for Sports, USI Membership and Commencements: €301
Total Fee: €27,290

For general information about studying at Trinity, please check here