Computer Science - Software Engineering

The emphasis of the MSc in Computer Science (Software Engineering) is on the principles of good scientific software engineering practice, grounded in a hands-on understanding of the applicability of these practices, so that successful participants will be able to design and lead major software engineering projects.

Subjects taught

Topics include requirements engineering, system design, testing strategies, software development and augmented software development, with an overall emphasis on the development of reliable software systems. The course is designed to give participants a strong foundation in advanced computer science topics ensuring longevity of their skills and their ability to adapt in a rapidly evolving field.

Each module is delivered as a series of intensive lectures. Each module also has associated practical work.

Participants submit a dissertation based on a Software Engineering topic.

Entry requirements

The following criteria must be fulfilled by students applying for the MSc in Computer Science (Software Engineering):

• An honours degree in Computer Science or a closely related discipline, containing significant Computer Science content. An average grade of at least 60% (equivalent to a II.1 from an Irish NFQ Level 8 degree course) or above. Applicants with less Computer Science experience should consider MHG68 instead.

• English language certificate (for non-native speakers of English only)

Minimum English language requirements:
Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants..

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Application dates

Closing Date: 30 June 2024


1 year full-time.


In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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Students graduating from the MSc in Software Engineering are well-regarded in the software industry. Most graduates end up employed either locally in Ireland's thriving software industry or internationally. Additionally, some students opt to continue in higher education by pursuing a PhD in Computer Science.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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