Make yourself employable with a postgrad

A sampling of postgrad courses across a range of disciplines

Graduates from the faculty of science and engineering at UL

Graduates from the faculty of science and engineering at UL

Tue, Mar 11, 2014, 00:00

There are 2239 postgraduate programmes in the Republic, the vast majority accredited by QQI. Universities offer 1,574 courses, with 370 at ITs. There are 313 postgrad programmes offered by Northern Ireland universities and 345 postgrad courses at private colleges, with degrees often accredited by bodies other than QQI. Aside from students continuing research in their discipline, many programmes facilitate graduates converting to a different area.

Here is a small selection of some innovative postgraduate programmes on offer across all colleges and disciplines.


Business: Master’s in science in digital marketing: offers new graduates the strateg ic knowledge and practical skills to join online and social media companies in Dublin, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and PayPal. For mid-career professionals, this full- or part-time master’s gives strategic expertise and competence to move up within an organisation, take on management of a team or shift into digital marketing.

Finance: The MSc in energy and environmental finance paves the way for a career in financing green energy for graduates with a background in a number of different fields, including economics, finance, engineering, mathematics, environmental science and physics.

iBusiness: An MSc in iBusiness for a career managing the delivery of ICT-enabled innovation to business and other organisations, from a wide variety of backgrounds including the arts, business, economics, finance, accounting, law and sociology, or from the sciences, computing, informatics, architecture and engineering.

NUI Maynooth
MSc in business management: Key business skills for non-business graduates and a business research project in which students are given the opportunity to meet senior management and to work on a “real-world” business problem. Companies include An Post, Bord Bia, Coca Cola and the Irish Red Cross.

MSc in asset management: Designed to prepare students for careers in international asset management. Focus on analytical and professional skills, culminating in an applied quantitative research project. Opportunity to study for the CFA level I and/or CAIA level I exams at the same time as the MSc. Designed with industry to meet the skills needs of employers. There are good career prospects with investment management, insurance, proprietary trading, pension funds and brokerage firms.



There are over 4,000 unfilled IT posts in Ireland and projections of more than 44,000 new posts over the next six years. Those who did not choose undergraduate computer science but have aptitude or a related degree such as science, maths or engineering can choose from a wide range of postgraduate computing degrees on offer across the third-level sector.

Master’s of science in computer sciences: A 15-month intensive programme for non-computer science graduates, with a thorough foundation in the practical development and management of modern information systems, as well as a range of optional modules, allowing students to tailor their knowledge to a career in areas such as app development, cloud computing or data analytics.

Dublin Business School
Higher diploma in science in computing: In conjunction with the ICT multinational and indigenous sector under the joint Government ICT Skills programme, Dublin Business School, a private-sector fee- paying college, offers an opportunity to reskill or cross-skill, free, under an accredited Level 8 postgraduate conversion award for a higher diploma in science in computing from April. Specialised ICT training in software development and web and cloud technologies, offering a realistic prospect of full-time employment in the ICT sector.

NUI Maynooth
MSc in computer science software engineering: The central focus is the development of quality software, coupled with the transfer of this knowledge to industry.The programme entails significant involvement of industry, including a six-month work placement and the opportunity of completing an industrial based project where the student will obtain experience of the software industry.

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