Software Engineering - Applied Software Engineering - Athlone

The master’s is completely free to all participants and offers a stipend to offset living costs. The MSc also includes a three-month paid placement with Ericsson. Upon satisfactory completion of the programme, graduates are offered a permanent job as a software engineer with Ericsson in Athlone.

Screening and selection of candidates takes place every spring, with the programme commencing in late June/early July.

Programme participants gain an integrated and critical knowledge of the skills and particular technologies used in ICT product development today. This fully funded MSc in Applied Software Engineering covers the fundamentals of contemporary software engineering and the tools, methods and techniques that support its applications.

Entry to the programme is on the basis of a competitive selection process. Prospective candidates may be requested to attend for interview, undertake tests or other selection procedures. Making an application is not a guarantee of selection. Applications are treated in strictest confidence. In making an application, applicants accept that no feedback will be provided to them, or any other party, regarding the selection process, or any reasons for their non-selection.

Subjects taught

Year 1
​Object Oriented Programming

Data Architecture and Database Systems

Computer Networks

Applied Mathematics

Agile Design and Testing

Cloud and Computer Architecture

Distributed Systems and Security

Web Technologies

Continuous Build and Delivery

Self Management and Teamwork

Group Project

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:
To apply for this course, candidate must be:

(1) resident in Republic of Ireland
(2) Irish or EEA national or resident in Republic of Ireland on a Stamp 4 Visa or Stamp 1G Visa

The programme is available to graduates with an honours Level 8 qualification who are eligible to work in Ireland. Candidates should preferably have a 2.1 Honours Primary Degree in a relevant discipline. This category includes (but is not limited to) Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Data Networking etc. but qualified applicants from any discipline with Problem Solving, Logic and Critical Thinking will receive consideration. Each application will be considered on its individual merits. Participants will not be entitled to retain any social welfare payments while attending the course as Ericsson is funding a Bursary to assist participants with expenses.

Candidates will undertake a course in advance of commencing the Masters to prepare and qualify them in the range of subject areas to be covered on the Masters programme. This course will lead to a Certificate in Software Engineering (Level 8) and is a pre-requisite for participation in the Masters programme.

Application dates

How to Apply
Applications will open in February 2024.

To apply, after 1st February, 2024, please send your CV to

Please ensure the following additional information is included:

A sentence confirming you are an Irish or EEA national or resident in the Republic of Ireland on a Stamp 4 or Stamp 1G Visa
• Nationality
• Home address
• Phone number and Email Address
• Full details of Educational Qualifications (College, Name of Course, Grade awarded (or expected)
This programme has a very competitive application process and making an application does not guarantee acceptance on the course.


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Course Commencement late June/early July.
Screening and selection of candidates takes place every Spring.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Ericsson Product Development Unit in Athlone specialises in the provision of operations support systems (OSS) to telecom operators using advanced data and event management and visualisation techniques.

Students can progress to an appropriate Level 10 on completion.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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