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Software Design & Development

Your Course
This one-year HDip is aimed at candidates with little or no information technology (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 information and communications technology (ICT) domain.


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. The MSc in Computer Science in Data Analytics (GYE06) is open to graduates who achieve a H1 result in the Higher Diploma.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
This programme is open to applicants who have a Level 8, 2.2 degree (or equivalent international qualification) from a recognised university or third-level college, and an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent international qualification).


1 year, full-time.

Further enquiries

Dr Séamus Hill
T: +353 91 495 232

Dr Sam Redfern
T: +353 91 493 670

Subjects taught

The programme's modules comprise:

• Databases;
• Software Engineering;
• Algorithms and Logical Methods;
• Object-Oriented Programming;
• Internet Programming;
• Computer Architecture and Operating Systems;
• Computer Communications;
• Software Design & Development Project.

Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

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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