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Computing - Software Development

This postgraduate programme offers rewarding and challenging possibilities for learners interested in undertaking a conversion programme in the area of Software Development, and its application in an enterprise environment. Given the scale of the IT sector in Ireland, and the current expansion of roles associated with the IT sector, it is projected that there will be healthy demand for talented Computing/ IT graduates over the next number of years. The aim of this programme is to provide non–computing graduates with an opportunity to develop the knowledge base, professional attitudes, and leadership and teamwork skills necessary to pursue a career as a software engineer. The course also aims to provide the student with the opportunity to engage in independent research in state of the art software engineering and technology.

Entry requirements

Applicants must satisfy the minimum entry requirement of a Level 8 degree, or equivalent, in a non-IT discipline. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be granted based on relevant experience and training in accordance with LIT's RPL Policy. This programme can be pursued on a full time or part time basis. Applicants wishing to apply for the part time option should be aware that Springboard regulations state that you must be in employment to pursue the programme on a part time basis. Please see for further information.


Duration: This course will be offered as a full time or a part time option.

Full Time: 1 Year, 20 to 25 hours per week (Daytime).
Part Time: 2 Years, 10 to 12 hours per week (Daytime).

Further enquiries

For further information: Dept of Flexible Learning
Tel: 061 293802 Email:

Subjects taught

The pace of delivery and intensity of the programme demand strong commitment and dedication. Learners will engage in active learning, with an emphasis on practical work.
The following modules will be covered:

Semester 1
Programming I, Data Driven Applications I, Software Engineering I, Computer Systems, Operating Systems & Networks, Web Development.

Semester 2
Programming II, Data Driven Applications II, Software Engineering II, Algorithms & Data Structures plus Elective Subjects.

Semester 3
3 Month Work Placement.


Springboard+ offers a wide range of part-time and intensive conversion courses in higher education institutes across Ireland from certificate, to degree, to post-graduate level.

Most courses are part-time, enabling you to keep social protection supports. A number of courses are full-time one year ICT Skills Conversion courses. Successful applicants for ICT Skills conversion courses who are in receipt of a jobseekers payment can apply for the Back to Education Allowance.

All courses lead to qualifications in enterprise sectors which are growing and need skilled personnel, including information and communications technology (ICT); manufacturing; international financial services; and key skills for enterprise to trade internationally. Qualifications are also available in cross-enterprise skills such as innovation, enterprise/entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and project management.

Location: LIT Moylish.

Higher Diploma (Level 8, 60 Credits)

Assessment method

Participants will be assessed through on-going continuous assessment, assignments, projects and examinations.

Course fee

If you are eligible to complete this course under the Springboard ICT Skills initiative no course fees will apply. Applicants must apply for this programme at

Fees for programmes offered through Flexible Learning differ from programme to programme. Check the details in the handbook. In some cases particular criteria apply in terms of fee payments.

If you wish to pay by cheque, bank draft or postal order, please make payable to Limerick Institute of Technology and submit with your completed registration form to the Department of Flexible Learning.

Payment by credit or debit card is possible either in person during the Information and Registration sessions and at any time during office opening hours either in person or by telephone. If you are registering by post and wish to pay by credit or debit card, simply complete the relevant section of the Registration Form.

Where fees are being paid by an employer or other third party, a letter or email of undertaking from the employer/ third party must be submitted with your registration. Invoices will only be issued to employers/third parties when this letter of undertaking is provided.

Payment of programme fees must be received from the employer prior to commencement of the programme. In the event that invoices have not been paid prior to the commencement of a programme, the student will be required to pay the fee and subsequently claim it back from his/her employer.

Please note that for security reasons, we are unable to accept cash payments.

All programme fees must be paid in full before the commencement of a programme. Receipts will be issued to students or employer/third party upon payment of fees. Students should retain receipts as charges may apply for issuing copies, and in some cases reissuing will not be possible.

Students who wish to withdraw from a Flexible Learning Programme must do so officially, by completing a withdrawal form, available from the Department of Flexible Learning in Limerick or Thurles upon request.

LIT has a strict policy in relation to the refunding of programme fees as follows:

1. In the event that a programme is cancelled by LIT, for any reason, a refund of 100% of the programme fee will be issued.

2. In the event that a student withdraws from a programme before the commencement date, a refund of 100% of the programme fee will be issued. This is subject to the student informing the Department of Flexible Learning of their intention to withdraw before the commencement date of the programme.

3. In the event that a learner withdraws from a programme after the commencement date the following rules apply:

For programmes of up to and including 12 weeks duration, the student must complete and submit a withdrawal form to the Department of Flexible Learning within two weeks of the commencement date of the programme. Subject to all requirements being met, 70% of the programme fee will be issued. Thereafter, no refunds will be processed.

For programmes longer than 12 weeks in duration, the student must complete and submit a withdrawal form to the Department of Flexible Learning within four weeks of the commencement date of the programme. Subject to all requirements being met, 70% of the programme fee will be issued. Thereafter, no refunds will be processed.

If the requirements outlined above are not met, no refund will be processed.

Enrolment and start dates

Commencing in September.

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