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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

MSc in Computer Science - Augmented and Virtual Reality

Course Description
The new M.Sc. in Computer Science has a common set of entry criteria and leads to a Master's degree in Computing, specializing in one of four exciting areas: Data Science, Intelligent Systems, Augmented & Virtual Reality and Future Networked Systems. The course is designed and taught by staff who are leading experts in their fields, and the course content is inspired by their cutting-edge work as well as their contacts with leading industry researchers around the globe. We expect our graduates to be in high demand for high-end research and development positions within leading multi-national companies and start-up companies alike. In some cases our graduates have gone on to take up funded PhD studies at TCD.

The Augmented & Virtual Reality strand equips students with the theoretical and practical knowledge to enable them to participate in the design and development of the technology that underpins the fast moving video game market and the wider industries of interactive entertainment, new media and communication. This strand is a modified version of the well-established and successful M.Sc. in Interactive Entertainment Technology and is built on research expertise in the Trinity Centre for Creative Technologies, which focuses on the creative technologies including film, interactive multimedia, games, and simulation.

Previous graduates from our M.Sc. programmes have gone on to work for games companies such as Havok, Electronic Arts, DemonWare and Playfirst, whilst others have joined leading visual effects studios such as Framestore CFC and Double Negative. We expect future graduates from this strand to be equally successful in securing employment in this industry.

The course is taught over a full calendar year, with two 12-week semesters of taught modules, involving attendance at labs and lectures, followed by dedicated research work over the remaining summer months for the MSc Dissertation.

In the first term (September - December), all students gain the necessary skills in a number of Core Modules common to the M.Sc. Programme. These include Research Methods (to enable students to produce their own dissertation), Innovation (to equip students with skills in company formation or innovating within a large company) and Machine Learning (a foundational technique for each of the specializations). In addition, students will make a start on specialist modules in their chosen strand. The Computer Vision module will equip students with knowledge of a range of image processing, feature extraction and shape representation and transformation techniques. It will build on the machine learning module by targeting these techniques in the computer vision domain. The Mathematics of Light & Sound, module will deal with the maths needed for the synthesis and analysis of audio and video signals. Computer Graphics will introduce essential modelling and linear algebra techniques before delving into the computer graphics pipeline, OpenGL, projection and viewing techniques and illumination models required in interactive graphics applications.  The module in Advanced Software Engineering, running over both semesters, will explore the methods and techniques involved in large-scale software development encompassing Agile and eXtreme Programming (XP), Test-driven development and Re-factoring.

During the second term (January – March), students begin foundational work on their dissertation, and immerse themselves in further specialist modules of their chosen strand. Real-time Rendering will explore the graphics pipeline, GPUs as well as a variety of shading, illumination and rendering techniques. The Augmented Reality module will equip students with a solid background in alternative 3-D compositing techniques. Students will learn to develop interactive applications on both PC and mobile devices. The third strand module explores Real-time Animation techniques which, in addition to introducing blending, kinematics and motion capture, will involve programming assignments and the development of a project proposal in real-time animation. In addition, students choose two additional electives from a pool of modules offered in the other strands of the M.Sc. programme to broaden their core skills in Augmented and Virtual Reality.

Intakes

  • Jan
  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

If you are an international student studying at Trinity, you might be considering internship and graduate work in Ireland, in your home country, or elsewhere. This section provides information for Non EU students on working in Ireland during and after your studies. For information and resources to support an international job search, see our Devex resource which includes international job search advice and information.

Employers value candidates who have more to offer than a good degree with high grades. They look for students who are well rounded and who have experience outside the classroom. Search for and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience, develop your skill set, and gain a clearer picture of what you like and don't like in terms of career options.

For example, you can get involved in some of the many student clubs and societies in college, volunteer or get a part time job. Remember that voluntary work is as valuable as paid work on your CV or resume - it's a great way to demonstrate your skills to future employers. Have a look at the TCD Civic Engagement website and check out volunteering opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

PSW Opportunity

2 Years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is academically challenging and rewarding. As a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold at least a 2.1 honors degree (60%) from an Irish university, or an equivalent result from a university in another country. If you have any queries in relation to your eligibility for programmes.

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