The course has been developed by the School of Science at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. The award is an MSc of IT Sligo. The course comprises 6 modules, providing teaching in 22 major subject areas and an MSc Research Project. For suitably qualified and candidates who wish to pursue Qualified Person Status, the course fulfils the educational requirements required by European Directive 2001/83/EC and 2001/82/EC. The course is delivered by distance learning, with certain block attendance. The modular structure and credit system will facilitate studying for the degree while working.
The programme will consist of 6 core modules. Typically the duration of the programme will be part-time over 2 years for the 6 modules. A research project is carried out in 2nd year. However, students may also complete the programme over a longer period to offer flexibility for those in full time employment.
Two modules will be studied each year from January to June and one module from July to December with the research project running from March to December in the 2nd year. The project provides each student with an opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the taught modules.
Exams will run in May and January in IT Sligo and an exam centre in Dublin and repeat exams in August of each year in IT Sligo
Modules may be taken individually or on a standalone basis.