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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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TL712
Computing with Media Development

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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This programme will give you all the skills you need to work with computers and computer systems, providing the bedrock to a thriving career in the vibrant ICT sector, in Ireland and internationally. There are modules in Object Oriented Programming, Algorithms, Software Engineering, Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, Networks, Database Programming and Web Design. As a student specialising in media development, you take additional modules in Multimedia Design and Graphics and Using the Web as a Business Tool.

Sstudents spend a full semester, or equivalent in a workplace environment in third year. 

 


 
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Depending on their particular skillsets, our graduates take up work in a variety of roles, including programmer/ software developer, developer of digital media and audio/video content, network technician and administrator, database administrator, web developer or web manager. They also take up employment opportunities as network administrators and computer technicians. 



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