BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Automotive & Automation Systems)

Bachelor of Science (Honours)Applied Computing (Automotive & Automation Systems)

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        279 - 511
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

What is Applied Computing (Automotive & Automation Systems)?

Advances in automotive technology have resulted in a rapid growth in innovative features such as driverless cars and collision avoidance. These features require sophisticated software that can sense and interpret the environment around them. Similarly, high-tech industries are embracing new smart manufacturing technologies whereby industrial systems can communicate and cooperate to improve efficiency.

What is the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Automotive & Automation Systems)?

The BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Automotive and Automation Systems) is a full-time, four year, honours degree course of study that can be chosen within the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing Common Entry Route. This course is designed to equip students with the specialist knowledge and practical skills required for employment in the automotive and automation sector. Both Irish-based and overseas companies seek skilled graduates who are able to create innovative software solutions for the automotive industry.

Industry Collaboration 

Through ongoing collaboration with industrial partners, students gain access to state of the art tools, processes and technologies used in this sector, covering a range of topics such as embedded software development, driver assistance systems, industrial automation, and automotive software design. This knowledge and skillset are not only sought after in the automotive and automation industry, but also in aerospace and other embedded software engineering environments.

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Programming Fundamentals 1Programming Fundamentals 2
Website DevelopmentWeb App Development
Computer Systems 1Computer Systems 2
The Computer IndustryApplied Calculus
Discrete MathematicsPhysics 2
Physics 1Automotive Software Concepts
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Data Structure & Algorithms 1Data Structure & Algorithms 2
Relational DatabasesSoftware Eng. Practice
Computer NetworksApplied Cryptology
Mathematical MethodsStatistics & Probability
Professional CommunicationsDC/AC Fundamentals
Embedded SystemsProgrammatic Logic Controllers
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Web App Development 2Choose one of the following electives:
NoSQL Databases*Study Abroad
Developer Operations*Professional Certification
Professional Practice*Voluntary Organisation Project
Measurement Systems*Industrial Placement
Model-Based Development* = Elective
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Mobile App Development 2Functional Programming
Distributed SystemsData Mining 2
Data Mining 1Project 2
Project 1The Connected Car
Automotive Software DevelopmentFree Elective
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Leaving Cert: Entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Automotive and Automation Systems):

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O3/H7

How to apply for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Automotive and Automation Systems) on the CAO:

The entry route for this programme is from WD001 BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Common Entry). Applicants who select degree option WD001 AAS (Automotive and Automation Systems) are guaranteed a place in that programme, subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. Applicants who are undecided about their degree option should choose WD001 GEN.

At the end of year 1, students must confirm their degree option and may change their selection up to that date.

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Automotive and Automation Systems)

Career Opportunities for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Automotive & Automation Systems):

The explosion in advanced infotainment, comfort and safety features in modern cars is generating a huge demand for graduates with the necessary embedded software systems development skills to create these advanced systems. The Electrical and Electronic systems in premium vehicles accounts for almost 50% of the production costs of the car and of that about 20% is the cost of developing vehicle software. The automation industry is also seeing a growth in demand for software-controlled processes and production lines to meet consumer and regulatory demands. There are many exciting roles available to graduates of this programme, such as:

  • Automotive Software Developer

  • Embedded Systems Developer in the automation, robotics and medical devices industries

  • System integration roles with major car manufacturers and suppliers

  • Control systems development for motor sport. One of our past graduates has worked for Red Bull Racing, Haas F1 and the Ferrari F1 team

  • Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) Developer. For example, developing object and pedestrian detection systems for autonomous vehicles

  • Process control software developer for factory automation and robotic assembly lines.

Industry Partnerships

The Automotive & Automation Programme has many close links with the leading automotive software suppliers in Ireland, the UK and Germany, and these provide unique opportunities for you to interact with leaders in the industry. You will also use the same industry standard automotive software development tools in our laboratory that are used by all of the major car manufacturers. This gives you a distinct advantage on graduation as our unique partnership with the leading industry tool supplier gives us access to all of the latest embedded systems tools and technologies.

We also liaise closely with the leading automotive and automation technical recruitment company in the UK to monitor recruitment trends in the industry and identify employment and placement opportunities.

Student Exchange Opportunity

You will also have the possibility of completing your industrial placement semester as an exchange student with the University of Applied Sciences (FH Technikum) in Vienna, Austria. You will be able to study and complete project work there in their Embedded Systems Department. The Embedded Systems Department in FH Technikum, Vienna specialises in Assisted Living, Smart Homes and automotive embedded systems programmes in addition to their extensive research activities in these areas.

Follow on study for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing  (Automotive & Automation Systems):

Students who complete the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing (Automotive & Automation Systems) may avail of a research masters (MSc) in the area with the Automtive Control Group. On completion of an MSc students will have the opportunity to pursue a PhD Course.

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