Software Architecture & Design - Cork Campus

The aim of the Programme is to develop students' knowledge and skills in Software Architecture & Design, Software Development Processes, Analysis and Design of Algorithms, Programming Language Design, Decision Analytics, Software Vulnerabilities, Microservices, and Data Analytics.

Students will develop advanced skills for analysing requirements and designing appropriate software solutions; creating complex software systems to solve real-world problems, evaluating and using advanced software environments, design methods and programming languages, and evaluating and responding to recent trends in interoperability and software development. Students will also complete a research project that is either academic or industry focused.

The MSc in Software Architecture & Design programme is an advanced industry-focused programme that addresses the skills gap of software developers and/or architects in the face of evolving software development practices. It aims to provide students the opportunity for in-depth study of the advanced design and architectural and software development and process skills required for the successful design and development of complex software distributed systems. It provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to advance their career in software development as a senior member of the development team or as a software architect.

Delivered exclusively online, the programme offers working professionals flexible opportunities to learn more about technological advances in the industry. The programme places a major emphasis on developing higher level software development skills. Students are exposed to current state-of the art principles, methods and research of software design and architecture.

Subjects taught

Software Architecture & Design
Software Process Engineering
Metaheuristic Optimisation
Scalable Microservices
Research Practice & Ethics
Research Project

Programming Language Design
Source Code Analysis
Fraud & Anomaly Detection
Natural Language Processing
Big Data Processing
Malware Investigations
Malware Reverse Engineering

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Entry to the MSc in Software Architecture & Design requires a minimum of a Level 8 Honours Degree in Computing or in a cognate discipline with a minimum of 3 years post qualification experience. Particular attention will be paid to the applicant's software development experience and motivation.

Application dates

Online application is open for course commencing in September 2021.

Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.


2 years part-time, online.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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