Software Design & Development - Industry Stream

Your Course
The goal of this one-year postgraduate conversion programme, codesigned 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.

We work closely with our industry partners to provide our graduates with a foundation in software design, a capstone project led by industry and a potential work placement to gain industrial experience.

Students will be eligible for entry into the MSc in Software Design and Development subject to places being available and having graduated with a minimum of a 2.1 award 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; assessment includes a formal interview and/or standard aptitude tests.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Enda Barrett with respect to making an application to this programme as application dates are contingent on our funding and industry partners year to year.


1 year, full-time.

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Career Opportunities
There are currently thousands of job vacancies in the information and communications technology (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 also 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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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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