Software Design with Virtual & Augmented Reality

Why take this course?
The terms Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) and more recently Alternate Reality (within the research fields), can be represented within the umbrella terms of Immersive Experiences and reflect the degree of digital content presented to the users as they move from the real to virtual world experience. These technologies are changing how we interact and consume content.

Traditionally applications of such technologies lay within entertainment and gaming domains. However, research and industry are now deploying these disruptive technologies within telecommunications, advertising, real-estate,health, education, human-machine interaction, manufacturing, robotics, tourism among many others.

This MSc in Software Design with Augmented and Virtual Reality targets learner expertise and skills development within this rapidly emerging and developing area. This is a challenging and multidisciplinary field and our offering will develop the skill set to blend key technical, creative and user experience expertise such that graduates can apply same across any of above mentioned industry domains. This MSc places unique emphasis on design and experience evaluation of Virtual and Augmented Reality applications.

What will I experience?
AIT's Faculty of Engineering and Informatics is housed in one of the most modern and well-equipped facilities of its kind in the country. Lecturers have extensive industry experience which enriches their teaching skills and competencies. You will be part of an exciting software development environment, with advanced research and strong links to industry. You will have the option to undertake an industrial work placement during your third year of the programme giving you real industrial experience while undertaking a challenging project.

Work Placement
The Work Placement & Professional Practice provide in this programme provides learners with a comprehensive experience of the working environment while deepening specialist skills relevant to the programme. The module responds to the requirements of industry and relevant professional bodies as it facilitates in-depth student induction, extended professional practice, and immersion in contextualised specialised technologies and techniques.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:
Applicants should hold a 4 year honours degree in software design or an equivalent qualification with a minimum grade of 2.1 (60%). In line with institute policies, non-native English speakers are required to have an IELTS level of 6.0 or higher.

Assessment Info

Assessment Information
The programme assessment strategy has been devised to support both the programme and module learning outcomes and to foster the development of the intended knowledge, skills and competencies. A wide range of assessment methods suitable for the programme will be used and due consideration has been given by the Programme Board and Programme Management Team to the number of assessable components per year and to the possibility of cross-modular assessment throughout the programme. The assessment workload will be reviewed by the team on an annual basis. All assessment will be at the modular level.


1 Year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Course Commencement Date: September 2020

Post Course Info

Career Prospects
Students graduating from this course will be in a position to take up careers as immersive application developers, software designers, database programmers and administrators, and technical salespersons. Employers include: Ericsson, Valeo, Cisco, Avaya (Nortel), SAP, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Riverdeep, as well as financial institutions and SMEs.

What opportunities might it lead to?
Software development is an enormous growth area in ICT engineering. Over 900 software companies are currently in operation in Ireland employing more than 24,000 people. Ireland's reputation as a centre of software excellence is unrivalled in Europe. It is home to multinational and indigenous firms generating €16 billion of exports annually. The sectors wide-ranging activities include software development, R&D, business services and EMEA/International headquarters.

Last year, there was global investment of over €3 billion in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) industries. It reflects the exciting potential to provide immersive environments in gaming and movies that were not possible before now. Our VR and Gaming specialisation prepares you to work as a software developer in these fast-paced industries. As a student on this course, you'll work with the latest tools and technologies to enhance your skillset. Software development languages, tools and methodologies provide the backbone of this programme.

Further Study
Students who successfully complete this programme will be eligible to pursue research opportunities at AIT at PhD level.

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