Software Engineering

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This fully online diploma provides a focused programme of study in the area of software design and development, providing an insight into technical skills and modern industry techniques. Computer programming and design are taught in the diploma, as well as a number of important software engineering methodologies. This programme is part-time and runs over one year. You will study one online module every eight weeks. Rather than being a general-purpose award in computing, the intention of this diploma programme is to provide a coherent and complementary set of in-depth modules which bring the student up to speed on relevant software development tools and techniques. A full list of core and elective modules is available at Progression opportunities: graduates can progress to Year Two of MScSED.


1. The diploma is part-time, and is delivered and examined in a fully online environment.

2. It provides maximum flexibility for students in terms of their location and work schedules.

3. The student can move to Year Two of the MSc Software Engineering & Database Technology (MScSED) after this diploma, in order to complete that master's in one year.

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Minimum Entry Requirements
This degree is open to honours degree graduates (Level 8) or Level 7 graduates with three or more years of experience and to those otherwise satisfying the postgraduate entry standards. An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent international qualification will be required, if applicable. See for details.


1 year, part-time.

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Career Opportunities
The software industry includes businesses involved in the development, maintenance and publication of computer software, as well as software services such as training, documentation, and consulting. At the heart of this industry is the activity of actually building and producing computer software, which is the emphasis of this diploma. Opportunities for software developers are excellent within Ireland and internationally.

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