Software Design & Development - External Stream

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This course is aimed at students who have already obtained a Level 8 postgraduate qualification in IT and are interested in pursuing an MSc qualification. As a distance-learning programme, it suits candidates who are in full-time employment and/or living abroad. The programme is in line with the University Policy for Recognition of Prior Learning in that it recognises prior academic qualifications.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. It allows participants to build on their Higher Diploma and deepen their knowledge base over a oneyear period, resulting in an MSc qualification.

2. With company support, it allows participants to undertake extensive research in a domain that is directly related to their work, thus providing a win-win for both stakeholders.

3. The course requires minimal visits on campus over the 12-month period but yet provides access to all campus facilities for participants, if required, to conduct their research.

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Minimum Entry Requirements
This programme is available to students who have completed an accredited (subject to approval by the School of Engineering & Informatics), Level 8 (with 60 ECTS credits) postgraduate qualification in Computer Science or Information Technology. This qualification can relate to academic programmes or accredited industry-sponsored qualifications. Potential candidates must have achieved the equivalent of a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (2.1) (or better) in their postgraduate qualification.


Typically 1 year, full-time

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Career Opportunities
A variety of opportunities are open to graduates in the software industry or in a range of other sectors, such as telecommunications, medical informatics, energy informatics, digital media, banking and consulting. Many graduates continue with careers related to their specialised field of research. Companies/organisations that have recruited graduates recently include Fidelity Investments, Galway; Cisco, Galway; SAP, Galway; Hewlett Packard, Galway; and Ericsson, Athlone.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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