Frequently Asked Questions

This page collects some frequently asked questions about the course.

1.    Would a CIPP and CIPM holder get any exemption to some papers?

No, there no paper exemptions available but these qualifications would be taken into consideration when evaluating your application.

2    What are the fees?

The part-time fees in 2019 were €3,700 EU and €7,400 Non EU students. The full-time fees in 2019 were €6,950 EU and €15,000 non-EU students. For more details on current fees see the registry page describing entry and payments for this course.

3    Am I eligible for non-EU fees?

DCU has a comprehensive page describling this here. If in doubt you can contact the DCU Fees office (fees@dcu.ie).

4    How many words is required for the law stream dissertation?

Typically 15,000 words.

5    What times are the part-time lectures?

The timetable is not finalised until week 3 of semester, part time lectures will typically be timetabled between 4-7pm two days a week for two 12 week semesters a year. Your exact schedule will depend on your stream, options and year. A typical year 1 lecture timetable for the law stream would be 4-6pm two days a week with a 1 hour tutorial  6-7pm, in the computing stream this would be 4-7pm two days a week. In year 2 your lectures will reduce to typically 1 evening a week as you will spend a lot of time working on your practicum, which is more flexible hours for meeting your supervisor at least once a month.

6. Can law stream students take computing modules?

Only the core computing modules of Data Governance and AI, Information and Information Seeking. All other computing modules require programming experience.

7. Are there any grants or scholarships available for the course?

Trilateral Research sponsored one part-time place in 2019, no information is yet available for future years. The Irish government run various means-tested grants for residents of Ireland. There are tax rebates for people in Ireland paying third level fees, see the revenue web-pages.

8. What times are full-time lectures?

The timetable is not finalised until week 3 of semester, about half the lectures will typically be timetabled between 4-7pm two days a week for two 12 week semesters a year, this is to enable sharing classes with the part-time students. Your exact schedule will depend on your stream, options and year. A typical  lecture timetable for the law stream would be 6 hours spread over three days a week, in the computing stream this would be 9 hours over three days a week.

9. Is this course designed for students who have no prior knowledge whatsoever in either the law or computing stream?

Students need a good grounding in their chosen stream (law or computing) but cross-discipline supports are provided for students from from law in computing topics and vice versa.

10. Are there any distance or remote education modules?

No, the course is primarilly delivered in traditional lectures. Some computing modules (including core modules) are gradually moving to the Future Learn platform but this process will take some time to complete.

11. Are the lectures recorded (in case you miss them)?

No. All course notes and supporting materials are made available to students via the DCU Loop platform.

12. Do you need to be able to program/write code?

Not for the law stream. Yes for the computing stream.

13. What is the Practicum ?

It is a practice-oriented research project that typically builds and evaluates a system or tool and culminates in a 10-page research paper structured for an academic conference. It is only conducted by students in the Computing stream and is worth one third of the overall marks for the course.

14. Can I transfer credits from another course in another institution to the MA?

Generally, completed credits will help you meet the DCU entry requirements rather than exempt you from some parts of the course. In the case of European ECTS credits it is possible that after registration a case can be made to the Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee to decide if exemptions were applicable on a case by case basis. It would be exceptional for the credits to transfer directly unless there was a very strong overlap with material in the course.

15. Does DCU provide accommodation for masters students?

Yes, there is limited accommodation available. See the DCU Accomodation Service.

16. Is it possible to pay the fees in instalments?

Yes, a portion is paid at registration and the rest in January. See the DCU Fees Office for more details.

17. Does DCU provide work placements at completion of the Masters?

No, but there is great demand for graduates with these skills.The DCU Careers Office provides supports for students seeking employment.

18. Can I use an English language qualification other than IELTS and what are the required levels? (for non-native speakers only)

Yes, see the DCU Registry English language requirements site.