Bachelor of Science in Immersive Software Engineering
Immersive Software Engineering is a new computer science degree where you learn by doing. You get an integrated Bachelors/Masters qualification (level 9) in four years.
You spend half your time learning on campus in a research-driven paradigm, in studios, working on projects, in teams, undergoing continuous assessment instead of end of term exams.
You spend the other half of your time in paid residencies, where you solve some of society’s toughest problems in excellent companies.
Visit the ISE website for more details.
Why study Immersive Software Engineering?
We are offering you a new way to learn computer science through ISE.
The goal of Immersive Software Engineering is to turn curious, creative people like you into top notch problem solvers and software engineers, familiar with concepts, methods and tools, and with about 2 years of experience gained in the field in up to 5 companies.
Software engineers enjoy incredible careers. They work all over the world, in every sector of economy and society, shaping the solutions to the important problems the world faces, at the local and at the global level. They are well rewarded for it, both economically and in prestige.
This could be you.
What you will Study
A new era of computer science education
Get a Master of Science degree in four years, spend over 40 weeks every year learning in a personalized, highly interactive environment, in small groups, with your peers and mentors.
You will spend half of your time in paid placements we call residencies in leading companies who shape the future of their sector. The other half you will spend with brilliant researchers and lecturers at UL.
You learn software engineering by doing it
In your four years at ISE you will complete five paid residencies. Each residency teaches you a suite of concrete skills and gives you the opportunities to practice them. Inside these companies you will be a part of real, professional teams working in their teams, solving real problems as a developer and problem solver. Throughout the degree you will alternate your time between on-campus learning blocks and residencies in partner companies. We think you will learn best on the job, with mentoring from both industry and academia.
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 3 (Summer)|
|CS4421||Problem Solving with Computers||CS4422||Data Centric Computing||CS5453||Residency 1: Software/Systems Dev 1|
|CS4431||Effectively Building Software with Others||CS4442||Computation and Architecture 1|
|CS4443||Computation and Architecture 2|
|Semester 4||Semester 5||Semester 6 (Summer)|
|CS4444||Residency 2: Software/Systems Dev 2||CS4445||Human Centric Computing||CS4446||Residency 3: User Interaction in Practice|
|CS4455||Ethical Hacking and Security 1|
|CS4456||Ethical Hacking and Security 2|
|Semester 7||Semester 8||Semester 9 (Summer)|
|CS4457||Scaling for Reliability and Performance||CS4448||Residency 4A: Software Design & Architecture 1||CS6513||Research Methods (Beginning of MSc programme)|
|CS4447||Computational Thinking||CS4459||Residency 4B: Software Design & Architecture 2|
|Semester 10||Semester 11|
|CS6514||Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning||CS6515||Residency 5A: ISE Research Project Part 1|
|CS6524||Software Meets World||CS6525||Residency 5A: ISE Research Project Part 2|
|CAO points history||
N/A (new course)
Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades.
Applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics.
Applicants will be required to submit an annotated portfolio of creative work, and a written statement, and may be called for an interview. The examples of creativity can be from any domain. More information on the portfolio can be found here.
A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results if you did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.
Applications from mature students are welcome. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.
|Non-EU Entry Requirements||
How to Apply
|Where are you applying from?||How to Apply|
|Ireland||Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here.|
|The UK||Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.|
|The EU||EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.|
|Non-EU country||If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.|
Fees and Funding
These scholarships are available for this course
These scholarships are available for all courses
|All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus||€6,750||125|
|Cooperative Education Award||1 medal per faculty|
|Elaine Fagan Scholarship||€5,000||5|
|Financial Aid Fund|
|Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants|
|Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship||€2,500|
|Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme|
|Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme||€750|
|Stuart Mangan Scholarship|
|The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship||Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value|
|UL Sports Scholarships||Varies depending on level of Scholarship||Multiple|
Your Future Career
What will I be able to do once I finish the course?
You could join any company as a software engineer, with the competitive advantage of having already 2 years of working experience in high-calibre organizations like theirs.
You could start your own company. We have partnered with Frontline Ventures and Enterprise Ireland, who provide capital to high potential start-ups and help you access state funds.
You could join the community or government sectors, changing the world as part of a non-governmental organisation, using your knowledge and expertise for societal change.
You could join the research community by doing a doctorate. ISE will prepare you to work and learn in the best research centres and R&D departments. Your MSc year will be an excellent qualification to begin your research journey.