7 Things to Know Before Starting a Computer Science Degree

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

As one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, Computer Science is a dynamic discipline that plays an integral role in the world we live in today. The study of computing combines logic, problem-solving and a passion for making the world a better place so if that sounds like you, Computer Science might already be on the cards. Read on to find out more about this exciting industry…

What is computer science?

Computer Science, or Computing, looks at all aspects of a computer’s software and hardware. Studying Computer Science lets you explore how modern computer and communication systems work, how they can be improved, and how to build the next generation of computing applications. Computer scientists use computers to develop processes and solutions to a wide range of complex problems. In a Computer Science degree in Ireland, you can expect to touch on the following areas:

  • Cloud computing
  • Software development
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Security
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Computational biology
  • Information science
  • Game design and development

Why study computer science?

Computing science is an extraordinary creative discipline propelling students towards innovation and technology. It is so much more than just algorithms. It expands to software engineering, networking, information retrieval and programming, to name a few. Similarly, there is a very human side to computing science where technology is used to make the world a better place. In a Griffith College computing science course, you will use the skills taught to you in class to develop interesting, creative innovations to solve specific problems.

Is a computer science degree worth it?

Absolutely. Computing is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries and is expected to see considerable growth in the next 10 years alone. This means more job opportunities but also increased importance on demonstrating you have the skills employers are looking for. Given the fact that many companies report difficulties finding skilled tech workers, a degree where you gain technical computing skills such as Griffith’s BSc (Hons) in Computing Science will help you fill that gap for employers.

What can you do with a computing degree?

The career opportunities with a computing degree are many and varied. Some job roles you could expect to progress onto include:

  • Web developer
  • IT technician
  • Systems analyst
  • Hardware engineer
  • Applications programmer
  • IT analyst
  • Software engineer
  • Information security analyst
  • Network architect
  • Information systems manager
  • Software developer

Is a computing degree hard?

Computer science may be challenging for some given the maths involved and the technical ability required to learn programming, which has a reputation for being difficult. That said, Griffith’s BSc (Hons) in Computing Science teaches everything from the basics so with enough time and dedication, anyone can succeed in this challenging field.

All degrees require a certain level of commitment and learners must be willing to invest in their studies. Our part-time Computer Science degrees take place in the evening, allowing learners to balance studies around existing commitments, however, that does not mean a part-time Computing degree is easier. For all our programmes, substantial time is required outside of class time so simply showing up to lectures is not enough.

Can you get a computing degree without maths?

Maths is the language of computers and therefore an essential part of computer science. Computer scientists regularly work with programming, algorithms, data structures, and differential equations. Although Griffith College’s computing courses teach everything from the beginning, it’s important that learners have a base level of mathematics before committing to a course.

Who can study computer science?

Anyone can choose to study computing, but it’s recommended you are comfortable using mathematical techniques to solve problems. If you have knowledge of computer-building or writing programmes already then great, but as with most courses, no prior knowledge of computer science is assumed.

Interested in Computing?

Griffith College offers a range of full-time and part-time Computer Science degrees at our Dublin, Cork and Limerick campuses. For more information, email [email protected] or to apply for our 2022/2023 intake you can submit an application, here.