The Department of Computer Science was founded in 1987 in the Faculty of Science. In addition to offering a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the Department has an active research programme. There are seventeen academic staff, nine support staff, thirty-five postgraduate research students, and over 500 undergraduates in Computer Science in the current academic year.
In October 2015, the new, €20.6 million, state of the art Computer Science building, Eolas, was opened. The Computer Science Department currently has seven software laboratories, equipped with over 350 PC workstations, for use by students using Windows and Linux; it also has a dedicated hardware laboratory. There are two large postgraduate research laboratories, with individual workstations for each research student. A number of research groups have their own special research laboratories.
The Department provides undergraduate programmes in Computer Science and Software Engineering and Computer Science as part of a Science or Arts degree. In addition, the Department provides the Computer Science component of numerous denominated degree programmes, including Biotechnology, Genetics & Bioinformatics, Physics with Astrophysics, Multimedia and Music Technology. You can see the Computer Science degrees available at Maynooth University on our courses page.
The Department offers a comprehensive postgraduate programme including research degrees leading to the award of Ph.D. and M.Sc., the taught M.Sc. in Software Engineering, the Higher Diploma in Software Engineering, and a Higher Diploma in Information Technology conversion course which is also targeted at students with non-computer science primary degrees.
The Computer Science Centre is a free tutoring service available for all of the first year Computer Science modules. The centre is aimed at all students regardless of their ability. The tutors have all recently completed the first year modules, so understand where students may be getting confused. They will help students understand aspects of the first year modules that they are having difficulty with and will go over any concepts and past lab sheets that students are struggling with. They also have advanced material for those looking for more of a challenge.