Software Engineering

Key programme benefits to future students
You will learn from leading experts in the field and have opportunities to be at the cutting edge of software engineering research via the Lero Sofware Centre.

The programme combines theory and practice. You will apply the knowledge gained to design and develop software systems in teams.

Ireland is a hub for the world’s largest software companies. There is continuous demand for software engineers and data analysts both nationally and internationally.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Research Methods & Practice
• Software Design
• Software Development Paradigms
• Concurrency & Parallelism in Software Development

• Choose Stream 1 OR Stream 2:
Stream 1: Software Process and Analysis | Software Evolution;
Stream 2: Data Analytics | Machine Learning and Applications

Spring Modules
• Sofware Quality
• Human Computer Interaction
• Software Architecture

Stream 1: Software Process and Analysis | Software Engineering Requirements | Project Management and Practice;
Stream 2: Data Analytics | Applied Big Data and Visualisation | Data Mining

• Option to exit with Graduate Diploma

Summer Modules
• Project

Entry requirements

Normally a primary degree (Level 8 - QQI) 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.

Qualification transcripts and certificates
An up-to date Curriculum Vitae outlining your work experience (with details of each role you have held) and your technical skills
A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
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.


1 year full-time, on-campus.

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

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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