M.Sc. in Interactive Entertainment Technology
Frequently Asked Questions - Application and Registration FAQ
This FAQ covers questions relating to applying for the MSc programme and registration for the programme. This includes information for applicants from EU and non-EU countries.
1. What is the closing date for applications?
The closing date for applications was 9th September 2016. We are no longer accepting applications for the academic year 2016/17. Further details are available on the Applications page of the website.
2. How should I prepare for the interview?
Each interview will be relatively short (15 - 20 minutes) and will take place in TCD at a specified time and location.
Each candidate will be notified at least 1 week prior to the interview date.
Candidates should dress smart-casual (a suit is not a requirement) and should be prepared to present evidence of their eligibility for the MSc programme both in terms of their academic credentials, whether they have the pre-requisite skills (math and programming are essential, 3d graphics is desirable) but also their enthusiasm for the subject. You will be asked why you wish to study this course and what you expect to get from the course.
It is recommended that you bring evidence of any prior software engineering projects of significance (e.g. previous final year projects, open source projects that you have contributed to or indy game projects that you might have been involved in). We are looking primarily for candidates with a strong software engineering or mathematical background that show a passion for the subject and who will be capable of contributing to the course in a significant way.
You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the interview panel.
For students not located in Dublin and unable to present in person, a phone or teleconferenced interview may be held with the course director.
3. How do I make an application to the M.Sc. programme in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin?
Formal applications for this course should be made online through Postgraduate Admissions.
Guidelines on how to complete the application form as well as the additional documents that must accompany an application are also available from the Graduate Admissions Office . Please give yourself plenty of time to obtain the transcript of your academic results to date, the copies of your degree certificates, and the academic references that must accompany your application. Further details are available on the Applications page of the website.
4. I don't have a degree in one of the disciplines mentioned in the course brochure, can I still make an application for a place on the M.Sc. programme in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin?
Other than in exceptional circumstances, applicants for the M.Sc. programme should have an upper second class honors degree , or better, in computing, information technology or another numerate discipline such as engineering, mathematics, statistics, or physics. An exception might be possible where an applicant has significant relevant experience, for example, a number of years of commercial experience in the development of media-related applications.
In general, we expect all applicants to have substantial programming experience preferably, though not necessarily, including exposure to object-oriented programming (in a language such as C++ or Java). Some experience of concurrent (i.e., multi-threaded) programming and computer graphics programming would also be useful.
5. Is it possible to take the M.Sc. programme in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin on a part-time basis (e.g. evening or weekend attendance)?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to take the MSc Programme on a part-time basis - it is a full-time day course that runs for one full year and is quite intensive. The course is very hands-on and features significant lab work, using specific hardware. Currently this precludes us from making the course available on any other basis.
6. Is it possible to take the M.Sc. programme in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin on a distance learning basis?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to take the MSc Programme on a distance learning basis - participation in the programme involves working closely with both the teaching staff and other students, including participation in a number of team-based projects. The course also involves significant lab work in dedicated lab facilities which would be difficult to reproduce remotely. For these reasons we do not offer the course in this manner.
7. What financial assistance is available to students taking the M.Sc. programme in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin?
This M.Sc. programme is supported by the Irish Higher Education Authority's Graduate Skills Conversion Programme so that EU students pay a reduced tuition fee.
While the University offers a number of postgraduate awards , these are not normally available to students taking the M.Sc. programme.
8. English is not my first language, what language requirements are there for those whose first language is not English?
The language of instruction and communication, on this programme is English. All students on the course are required to write and present in English, and will, by the end of the course, be required to produce works of a publishable quality. All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English Language:
- 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 TOEFL test, or
- a minimum of Grade 6.5 in the IELTS , or
- a minimum of Grade C in the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
- a minimum of Grade C in the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
9. What is the tuition fee for the M.Sc. programme in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin?
Details of the course fees are contained in the Applications page of this website.
10. What are the rules for determining whether an application is considered to be an E.U. application or a non-E.U. application?
As approved by Board on the 3rd of December 2003, applications for admission are classified as E.U. applications or non-E.U. applications.
An E.U. application is one made by a person who fulfils one or more of the following criteria:
- who is ordinarily resident in the E.U. and who has received full-time further or higher education in the E.U. for three of the five years immediately preceding admission; or
- who is ordinarily resident in the E.U. and has worked full-time in the E.U. for three of the five years immediately preceding admission; or
- who holds a passport from an E.U. state and has received full-time further or higher education in the E.U. for three of the five years immediately preceding admission.
Applications from children of (a) E.U. Government officials living abroad, (b) semi-state officials who are on assignment in countries outside the E.U., (c) volunteer dvelopment workers, and (d) certain E.U. officials as approved by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs are treated as E.U. applications.
All other applications are considered to be non-E.U. applications.
Students who have had periods of residence outside the E.U. are required to provide documentary evidence for their claim for E.U. fee status. This evidence must be presented with the application.
A student's registered status (E.U./non-E.U.) cannot be changed during a programme for which s/he has registered.
Note that full-time education in the E.U. does not by itself constitute ordinary residence.
11. What is an upper second class honors degree?
An "upper second class honors degree" corresponds to an overall mark of at least 60% (or II.1) in your final degree examination or a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5.
12. Is it possible to take the course starting in April rather than September?
No. The M.Sc. programme commences in September of each year and runs for one full year until August of the following year.
Each module runs only for a set number of weeks during the year and is not repeated. Thus students can only be admitted to the course
in September of each year.
13. What are the requirements for applying for the MSc in IET?
There are a number of requirements that must be satisfied in order to apply for the MSc programme in Interactive Entertainment Technology. These are outlined here:
- An upper second class honors (or greater) in an appropriate undergraduate degree .
- Appropriate competence in the English language (spoken and written).
- Submission of the required evidence of residency and educational transcripts .
In general, in order to successfully complete the MSc IET programme, candidates should have excellent software development and programming skills in an object-oreinted programming language; should have aptitude for mathematics (in particular experience in advanced linear algebra and calculus); and should have some knowledge or experience of computer graphics - in particular a number of options modules assume students have sat a third level module in introductory 3D computer graphics and have programmed using a graphics API such as OpenGL, DirectX, XNA etc.
14. When will I know if I have secured a place on the MSc IET programme?
Whereas a small number of places are offered to excellent applicants throughout the year. The majority of applicants are ranked as soon as the application deadline has passed and final offers are made on this basis. Thus most applicants will only receive a decision in June.