Software Development

The Higher Diploma in Software Development is a conversion programme for non-ICT graduates wishing to enter the sector. The course will provide students with fundamental theoretical and practical skills, abilities and knowledge to gain a comprehensive intermediate understanding of software development.

Key Facts
This programme is designed to allow non-ICT graduates develop ICT skills in software development and testing.

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Autumn Semester
• Software Testing and Inspection
• Representation and Modelling
• Introduction to Programming
• Database Systems
• Professional Issues in Computing

Spring Semester
• Mobile Application Design
• Software Development Project
• Project Management and Practice
• Intermediate Programming

Summer Semester
• Industry Learning Project in Computer Science

Entry requirements

A level 8 qualification in a non-computing discipline is the key requirement.

Preference will be given to candidates with a second-class honours degree or higher. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview and satisfy the course admission team that they have the ability to complete and benefit from this course. Shortlisting of applicants may take place.

The recognition of prior learning and prior experiential learning as per university policy will be applied to this course.

Applicants are required to meet the University of Limerick English Language requirements

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)


1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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