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Interactive Media MSc

Interactive Media MSc

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

Interactive digital media seeks to entertain, inform and inspire an audience. The creation of interactive digital media is a challenging and complex activity requiring a blend of creative and technical skills using a range of existing and emerging technologies.

You may want to consider this programme as over the past five years, national and international reports have highlighted the digital media industry as one of the fastest growing industries in a high-value sector with significant employment and strong revenues.

In fact, Brendan Tuohy, Chairman of the Steering Group for the Audiovisual Industry Strategic Review, concluded in the recently published Creative Capital report, “It is a blueprint for the creation of 5,000 new, highly skilled jobs in the audiovisual industries.” The report lays out a set of recommendations which aim to double the turnover of the Irish audiovisual industry from €500 million to €1 billion, and to double jobs in the sector from 5,000 to 10,000.

UCC’s Department of Computer Science is internationally recognised for its research leadership in several areas of Computer Science e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Distributed Computing, Foundations of Computing, Multimedia, Networking & Systems and Secure, Reliable and Scalable Computing.

With requirements being as they are, UCC developed and is offering a MSc in Interactive Media is a CONVERSION program.  It is an intensive taught programme focusing on the practical and technical aspects of interactive media.

If you pass standard the examinations of this program and choose not to proceed to the digital media project, you may opt out instead and be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Interactive Media.

As Interactive media is a fast-changing discipline, UCC actively engages with industry and the research communities to ensure that the content of the course is continuously evolving and relevant.


Course Delivery

Lectures take place 12 hours per week.  Laboratory sessions are six hours per week.  In addition, you will be expected to undertake independent reading and study to supplement and prepare yourself for lectures and laboratory work.


Nine of the top 10 global ICT companies maintain a presence in Ireland. In fact, the ICT sector is one of the country’s biggest employer with over 75,000 people employed by ICT companies in Ireland.  With 5,400 ICT enterprises in Ireland, 233 of which are foreign owned, the ICT industry is amongst the top three Irish growth industries, with both indigenous and international companies creating large bases in the country. (www.ictireland.ie)

You would be happy to know that 90% of UCC's Interactive Media graduates from the last two years are in full employment as reported by the Careers Office of UCC.  Graduates of the MSc Interactive Media can take up employment in areas such as Graphic Design and UI/UX Development:

  • Senior Developer, Designer, or work in Product Management
  • Social Media/Digital Content
    • Product Management
    • Digital Analytics / Visualisation
      • Data / Statistical Analysis, Business Intelligence Specialist

Learning Outcomes

You may  enrol in this CONVERSION COURSE even if you do not have a Computer Science Degree and would like to attain skills in demand by the IT sector.

Despite the wide range of backgrounds, student are expected to develop a thorough understanding of the technology and industry-standard tools used in the digital media sector. 

Once  you complete the program, you will be able to apply the comprehensive knowledge of the underlying concepts, technologies and best practices to create interactive digital media products.  You will have also gained qualifications relevant to the multimedia, broadcast, games, web, social media and general ICT industries.

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Course Outline

If you decide to enrol in the MSc in Interactive Media program, you must attain 90 credits over a 12-month period through a combination of:

  • Core Modules (30 credits)
  • Elective Modules (30 credits)
  • Research & Development Project (30 credits)

Core Modules (30 credits)

  • Elective Modules (30 credits)
  • Research & Development Project (30 credits)
  • Core Modules (Period 1)
  • CS6100 Authoring (5 credits)
  • CS6101 Digital Publishing and Hypermedia Systems (5 credits)
  • CS6102 Graphics and Graphic Design (5 credits)
  • CS6103 Audio and Sound Engineering (5 credits)
  • CS6104 Digital Video Capture and Packaging (5 credits)
  • CS6111 3D Graphics and Modelling (5 credits)

Elective Modules (Period 2)

  • CS6105 Future and Emerging Interaction Technologies (5 credits)
  • CS6113 Internet-based Applications (5 credits)
  • CS6114 Digital Video Compression and Delivery (5 credits)
  • CS6115 Human Computer Interaction (5 credits)
  • CS6116 Mobile Multimedia (5 credits)
  • CS6117 Audio Processing (5 credits)

Not all modules may be offered in a particular year and are subject to change.

Project Phase (After Period 2)
CS6200 Dissertation (30 credits)

Course Info

Course Code : CKR05

College : Science, Engineering and Food Science

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : NQF Level 9

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee


Tuition Fee - International Fees


Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)


The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.

Intake Dates :

Intakes are only once a year and this program will open on September

Places on this programme are offered in rounds. 

The  next intake date is September 11, 2017.

IVC however, will be accepting application only until FEBRUARY 28, 2017.  This 7-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

Places on this programme are offered in rounds, according to the following schedule

Date a completed application is received

Date an offer will be made

January 16, 2017

January 30, 2017

March 1, 2017

March 15, 2017

View IMPORTANT INFORMATON about APPLYING for an Irish Student Visa

Make sure you apply early!  We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance. The next five months is reserved for the visa application process. 

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Academic Achievement.  This is a CONVERSION COURSE and is open to graduates with a Second Class Honours, Grade II degree in any discipline provided there is no significant overlap between their previous courses of study and the content of this course or if you have the equivalent professional qualification.  Your application will be considered for eligibility by the school and College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.

If your undergraduate degree contains a number of courses with multimedia or digital media content, your application will be decided by the Selection Committee.


If you did not meet the academic requirement or there is no equivalency for your country, let us know!  Send your inquiry HERE.

  • English Language Proficiency.  If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:
    • IELTS (Academic Test): Overall band score of 6.5 with no individual section less than 6.0
    • TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 90. Minimum scores per section: Listening and Writing - 20; Reading - 19; Speaking - 21.
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B
    • Pearson PTE: Minimum score of 63 with no section score below 59.

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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