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Software Design & Development - Industry Stream

Your course
The goal of this one-year postgraduate conversion programme, co-designed with industry partners, is to increase the supply of skilled graduates to meet the needs of Ireland’s high-growth software industry. It provides graduates with a fast-track, focused computing qualification, and presents them with an opportunity to obtain valuable industry work experience. The course fees are free and all students are guaranteed a paid work placement on enrolment to the course.

We work closely with our industry partners to provide our graduates with a foundation in software design, a choice of software architecture specialisation in either .NET or Java Enterprise, and a guaranteed work placement to gain industrial experience.

After completion, students may transfer to the MSc (Software Design & Development) subject to places being available, and the student completing a required additional course on research methods, and an interview, in tandem with the achievement of a minimum 2:1 result in the Higher Diploma.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
The programme is open to candidates with level 8 degrees, preferably with a background in a cognate discipline. Level 7 applicants with relevant industrial experience are also eligible to apply. Students will be assessed prior to being offered a place on the course, and this assessment includes a formal interview and/or standard aptitude tests.

Duration

1 year, full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
It is projected that there will be 900,000 job vacancies in the ICT sector throughout the EU by 2016/17. This programme is designed specifically with the needs of industry employers in mind. In addition to providing paid internships, our industry partners assist in interviewing candidates and mentoring the students through to final completion of the programme.

Further enquiries

Dr Enda Howley
T: +353 91 494 335
E: enda.howley@nuigalway.ie

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3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE
1. Paid internships: 19 industry partners have joined with NUI Galway in making paid internships available to the successful applicants

2. Free fees: The Higher Education Authority is sponsoring the programme; therefore, the course fees are free and students only have to pay the student levy

3. This course won the 2015 national Postgraduate Course of the Year Award (Information Technology).

Application date

WHEN TO APPLY: Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Enda Howley with respect to making an application to this programme as application dates are contingent on our funding and industry partners from year to year.

Applications can be made through www.springboardcourses.ie

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