Software Design & Development - Industry Stream

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The goal of this one-year postgraduate conversion programme, co-designed with industry partners, is to increase the supply of skilled graduates to meet the needs of Ireland's high-growth software industry. It provides graduates with a fast-track, focused computing qualification, and presents them with an opportunity to obtain valuable industry work experience. The course fees are free and all students are guaranteed a paid work placement on enrolment to the course.

We work closely with our industry partners to provide our graduates with a foundation in software design, a choice of software architecture specialisation in either .NET or Java Enterprise, and a guaranteed work placement to gain industrial experience.

After completion, students may transfer to the MSc (Software Design & Development) subject to places being available, and the student completing a required additional course on research methods, and an interview, in tandem with the achievement of a minimum 2:1 result in the Higher Diploma.


1. Transfer options: students may transfer to the MSc in Software Design and Development (GYE03) subject to places being available. An interview and achievement of a minimum 2.1 result in the Higher Diploma is required.

2. It provides students with a solid foundation in ICT and thus prepares them for an exciting career across very diverse domains—entertainment, enterprise, communications, finance, education, etc.

3. The MSc in Computer Science in Data Analytics (GYE06) is open to graduates who achieve a H1 result in the Higher Diploma.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
The programme is open to candidates with level 8 degrees, preferably with a background in a cognate discipline. Level 7 applicants with relevant industrial experience are also eligible to apply.

Students will be assessed prior to being offered a place on the course, and this assessment includes a formal interview and/or standard aptitude tests.


1 year, full-time.

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Career Opportunities
There are currently thousands of job vacancies in the ICT Sector across the EU due to an acute skills shortage which is projected to continue into the future. This programme is specifically designed to help address this skills shortage among companies looking to hire software development professionals.

This programme is designed specifically with the needs of industry employers in mind. In addition to providing paid internships, our industry partners assist in interviewing candidates and mentoring the students through to final completion of the programme.

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    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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