Software Development - International Systems

Key programme benefits to future students
Fundamental and well-rounded software development knowledge.

Understanding of principles of software localisation, internationalisation and translation technology with close links to industry requirements and practices.

End-of studies project to showcase learning and develop independent skills.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Autumn Modules
• Research Methods
• Programming 1
• Software Engineering Development
• Paradigms
• Language Engineering & Translation Technology
• Best Practice Software Internationalisation

Spring Modules
• Programming 11
• Introduction to Web Development
• Software Engineering Requirements
• Human Computer Interaction
• Quantitative Research Methods

Year 2
Autumn Modules
• Software Design
• Software Testing and Inspection
• Database Systems
• Dissertation Part 1

Spring Modules
• Mobile Applications Development
• Translation Technology Systems
• Dissertation Part 2

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Master’s programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in any discipline where knowledge from that degree could be usefully complemented by the state-of-the-art, software development/engineering expertise that this course offers. Example disciplines include, but are not limited to, Linguistics, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Business, Health and Medicine. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable
A copy of your birth certificate/passport
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


2 years full-time, on-campus.

Enrolment dates


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Graduate careers
Graduates from this programme will be able to develop software systems, customized for individual locales. They will also be capable of researching new trends and approaches in software development and software internationalisation autonomously, and thus contribute to the ongoing expansion of Ireland’s software development/software localisation sectors. Illustrative careers include: Junior Software Developer; Requirements Engineer; Database Developer; Software Tester; Front-end Developer; Localisation Engineer; Translation Technology Consultant; Internationalisation Consultant; Technical Product Owner.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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