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Software Design & Development

Your course
This programme is aimed at candidates with little or no IT experience. It provides an academic foundation and broad technical training in software design and development. The skills developed in this programme include the core software development tools and techniques as well as a solid grounding in a specific ICT (information and communications technology) domain.

The programme’s modules comprise:
• Databases
• Software Engineering
• Algorithms and Logical Methods
• Object-Oriented Programming
• Internet Programming
• Computer Architecture and Operating Systems
• Computer Networks
• Software Design & Development Project

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
This programme is open to applicants who have a Level 7 pass degree (or equivalent international qualification) from a recognised university or third level college.


1 year, full-time.

Further enquiries

Dr Séamus Hill
T: +353 91 495 232

Dr Hugh Melvin
T: +353 91 493 716


1. Transfer options: Students may transfer to the MSc in Software Design and Development (GYE03) subject to places being available. An interview and achievement of a minimum 2.1 result in the Higher Diploma is required.

2. It provides students with a solid foundation in ICT and thus prepares them for an exciting career across very diverse domains—entertainment, enterprise, communications, finance, education, etc.

3. It can very much complement existing graduate qualifications resulting in highly sought after skill sets, e.g., data science.

Application date

WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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