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M.Sc. in Computer Science
(Networks and Distributed Systems)

postgradireland Postgraduate Course of the Year 2011 in the IT category


Welcome to our site describing the MSc in Computer Science (Networks and Distributed Systems), which is run at the School of Computer Science & Statistics in Trinity College Dublin. You will find all the information you need relating to the course, and information regarding how to apply for a place.



More and more applications are being designed to run on large-scale networks of co-operating computers. The consolidation of the global Internet, the emergence of cloud computing, new technologies for high bandwidth and wireless data communications, and the availability of ever cheaper and more powerful computers are enabling a new generation of distributed applications to be built. Such applications pervade industry, commerce, health, education and, indeed, personal lives as the integration of computer technology and digital communications continues. There are few aspects of life that are not enhanced by networked, distributed systems, but that also must be tempered by security and energy sustainability concerns.

The primary goal of the M.Sc. in Computer Science (Networks and Distributed Systems) is to equip graduate students with an integrated set of skills that will allow them to develop their professional careers, as researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, architects and consultants, in this exciting and constantly-changing field.

Here you can download the MSc Networks and Distributed Systems Course Brochure (PDF).


HappySwap team wins Citi up-Start Programme: Warm congratulations to the NDS HappySwap team, who won the Citi upstart Innovation award in Belfast in March 2012. Their business pitch was based on a consumer goods exchange website. Pictured at the event in March were (l-r) Thomas De Souza, Citi; Pujiu Le, HappySwap; Nathan O'Reilly, Citi; Yuwei Xia, HappySwap; John Healy, Citi; Zhongtao Chen, HappySwap; Yuxian Chen, HappySwap; Siobhan Clarke, NDS Course Director; and Padraic Moran, LighthouseBCS.


Launch of Citi Innovation up-Start Programme: In October 2011, Citi launched an innovation programme called "up-Start", where Citi provide expert mentors and advisors to students during modules on business innovation (lecturer, Padraic Moran) and product development (lecturer, Dr. Siobhan Clarke). Students participate in a "Dragon's Den" event later in the year. Pictured at the event in October were (l-r) Thomas De Souza, GTS EMEA Senior Architect; Brian Hayes, Managing Director, GTS; Dr. Siobhan Clarke, NDS Course Director; Padraic Moran, LighthouseBCS; and Nathan O'Reilly, Global Engineering Head of Messaging & Mobile.


Postgraduate Course of the Year: The MSc recently won the postgradireland 'Postgraduate Course of the Year' award in the IT category. Speaking about the award, Trinity's Dean of Graduate Studies, Prof. Veronica Campbell, congratulated the Director, Dr Siobhan Clarke, and the NDS team on their win: "This award reflects the team's dedication to its primary goal - to equip graduate students with an integrated set of skills that will allow them to develop their professional careers, as researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, architects and consultants, in a field that is both exciting and constantly-changing."


Showcase of MSc Research: Each year, the School hosts a showcase of MSc Research, where students get the opportunity to mingle and discuss their research with our industry guests. It's a great opportunity for students to get feedback on their work, and for our industry guests to get a flavour of the research achieved as part of the MSc programmes. The event is in the form of a poster session, and is in a social setting, with a wine reception. Pictured at the 2010 event were (l-r): Stephen Purcell, class of 2009/2010; Dr. Siobhan Clarke, NDS Course Director; and Mark Dineen, Senior Manager at Accenture, and an NDS graduate.




Last updated 9 April 2014 by enquiries@scss.tcd.ie.