Software Design & Development - External Stream

Your Course
This course is aimed at students who have already obtained a Level 8 postgraduate qualification in information technology (IT) and are interested in pursuing an MSc qualification. 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.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
This programme is available to students who have completed an accredited (subject to approval by Engineering and Informatics), Level 8 (60 ECTS) postgraduate qualification in computer science or IT. 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.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


Typically 1 year, full-time.

Post Course Info

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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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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