Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Software Design with Virtual Reality and Gaming (Add-On)


Course Overview

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Why take this course?

Software development is an enormous growth area in ICT engineering. Over 900 software companies are currently in operation in Ireland, employing more than 24,000 people. Ireland’s reputation as a centre of software excellence is unrivalled in Europe. It is home to multinational and indigenous firms generating €16 billion of exports annually. The sector’s wide-ranging activities include software development, RandD, business services and EMEA/international headquarters. Game development is one of the fastest growing sectors in the entertainment industry. Annual video games sales are approximately €30 billion and are expected to rise to €40 billion in the next four years. The value of the computer games industry worldwide is in excess of €85 billion, and it is an area with enormous potential for development. Last year, there was global investment of over €3 billion in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries. It reflects the exciting potential to provide immersive environments in gaming and movies that were not possible before now. Our VR and Gaming specialisation prepares you to work as a software developer in these fast-paced industries. As a student on this course, you’ll work with the latest tools and technologies to enhance your skillset. Software development languages, tools and methodologies provide the backbone of this course. These skills are critical to following a career in the game development industry, but they also have widespread application across many domains.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Students graduating from this course will be in a position to take up careers as game developers, software designers, database coursers and administrators, and technical salespersons. Employers include Ericsson, Valeo, Cisco, Avaya (Nortel), SAP, HewlettPackard, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Riverdeep, as well as financial institutions and SMEs.

Course Details

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Dept of Computer and Software Engineering
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a BSc in Software Design with Virtual Reality and Gaming or an equivalent Level 7 qualification

Course Structure

Year 4

Project, Computer Graphics, Networks, Management and Organisational Behaviour, VR and Gaming Technology, Real-time Rendering for VR, Databases, The Engineer in Society, Security, Distributed Systems

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