Master’s Degree In Blockchain Offered By Dublin City University

Blockchain, Education, News | June 3, 2019 By:

Dublin City University, in partnership with non-profit body Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, will be launching “Ireland’s first ever Master’s in Blockchain.”

The degree, announced by the Irish government’s Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, is in response to the National Blockchain strategy and aligned to the government’s Future Jobs Ireland initiative’s aim of enhancing skills and developing and attracting talent.

Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet developed the new educational certification after working with blockchain educational hub Blockchain Ireland to identify what skills were needed in this sector. The program has been funded by Skillnet Ireland, a national agency dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of workforce.

The blockchain course, which will be primarily taught online, part time, over a two-year period, is aimed at IT professionals working in the country. To qualify for direct entry, they must have a Level 8 Honours Degree (2.2) or higher in Computer Science, Computing, Computer Applications or a related discipline. Applicants without these entry requirements may be considered if they can demonstrate previously obtained competence equivalent to the entry requirements. The course will begin with its first cohort of students in September.

Professor Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University, said that the program will produce graduates equipped with the skills and knowledge required to thrive in the blockchain space.

“This project displays the combined strengths of higher education and enterprise networks in the face of new challenges we all face in our quest to flourish as an economy,” MacCraith said.

Dave Feenan, Acting Network Manager for Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, said that the lack of technical blockchain skills is of national and international concern as it is a significant inhibitor to blockchain adoption in companies across key industries, including manufacturing, supply-chain, health, food, aviation, finance and the public sector.

“This new Master’s will provide Ireland will a real opportunity to upskill our already excellent IT professionals, preparing them for jobs of the future,” said Feenan. “The synergy between industry and education means these professionals will have the practical tools needed to bring the benefits of Blockchain technology to a variety sectors.”