Software Engineering

The MSc in Software Engineering includes the application of specialised knowledge and skills to develop different kinds of large, complex software systems. The programme also provides the opportunity to specialise in data analytics, extracting knowledge from large data sets. There is continuous demand for software engineers and data analysts both internationally and nationally. This award will provide an opportunity for students, to gain up-to-date knowledge and skills in software engineering and/or data analytics, including machine learning. The course consists of both a taught component and a project.

Entry requirements

Normally a primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or approved equivalent professional qualification in a cognate discipline (e.g. Computer Systems/Science, Applied Mathematics) at first or second class honours level. An interview may be part of the admission process.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice

Subjects taught

• CS6081 Research Methods & Practice
• CS5721 Software Design
• CS5707 Software Development Paradigms
• CS741 Concurrency & Parallelism in Software Development

Stream 1: Software Process & Analysis
• CS5709 Software Engineering Evolution

Stream 2: Data Analytics
• CS6501 Machine Learning and Applications


• CS5703 Software Quality
• CS5705 Human Computer Interaction
• CS5721 Software Architecture

Stream 1: Software Process & Analysis
• CS5702 Software Engineering Requirements
• CS4457 Project Management and Practice

Stream 2: Data Analytics
• CS6502 Applied Big Data and Visualisation
• CS4168 Data Mining

• CS6153 MSc Project

Students who do not want to complete the dissertation can opt to graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Software Engineering on successful completion of 60 credits


1 year full-time

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Prospective careers for graduates include software engineering, software project management, systems analysis and software researcher and development.

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