Software Engineering

The MSc in Computer Science (Software Engineering) at Maynooth exposes graduates in computer science and related disciplines to the technical, methodological, organizational development of reliable software and information technology systems – so that successful participants will be prepared to lead major projects in software engineering across industrial and commercial sectors.

Entry requirements

Normally graduates need to have achieved a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree in computer science. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHG50 2 years full-time (1 year full-time taught modules, 6 months dissertation, 6 months work placement)

Careers or further progression

Many students gain full-time employment with the company who sponsors their work placement. Past graduates have been accepted for membership of the chartered Institute of Engineers (IEI) and are working in companies such as Intel, Hewlett Packard, Google, Oracle, SAP, SISK and other private sector IT companies.

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Dr Stephen Brown
Department of Computer Science,
Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Topics include software testing, software process, object-orientated programming, internet solutions engineering, interaction design, databases, and cryptography. The course consists of 1 year of lectures, a 6-month industrial work placement (organised by the university, and usually paid), and a dissertation.


Computer Science
The Department is a centre of excellence for the development of dependable software systems, offering science and engineering graduates the knowledge, skills and indepth technical understanding required to succeed in the software industry. The Department offers courses that combine academic research with industrial placements in the leading software industry companies in Ireland, nurturing a new generation of software engineers grounded in technological expertise.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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