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Software Design & Development - External Stream

Your course
This course is aimed at students who have already obtained a Level 8 postgraduate qualification in IT and are interested in pursuing an MSc qualification. As a distance-learning programme, it suits candidates who are in full-time employment and/or living abroad. The programme is in line with the University Policy for Recognition of Prior Learning in that it recognises prior academic qualifications. This course is research based only and begins with an eight-week qualifier module (an online-taught module in research methodologies) prior to the start of the academic year. This module enables students to identify a research strategy, a research topic and an academic supervisor. Students then pursue their research project over one academic year, during which they complete a body of work equivalent to 800 hours of academic studies, culminating in a thesis submission.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
This programme is available to students who have completed an accredited (subject to approval by the School of Engineering and Informatics), Level 8 (with 60 ECTS credits) postgraduate qualification in Computer Science or Information Technology. This qualification can relate to academic programmes or accredited industry-sponsored qualifications. Potential candidates must have achieved the equivalent of a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (2.1) (or better) in their postgraduate qualification.


Typically 1 year, part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Recent graduates have already found full-time employment while participating in this programme.

Further enquiries

Dr Séamus Hill
T: +353 91 495 232

Dr Hugh Melvin
T: +353 91 493 716


1. It allows participants to build on their Higher Diploma and deepen their knowledge base over a oneyear period, resulting in an MSc qualification.

2. With company support, it allows participants to undertake extensive research in a domain that is directly related to their work, thus providing a win-win for both stakeholders.

3. The course requires minimal visits on campus over the 12-month period but yet provides access to all campus facilities for participants, if required, to conduct their research.

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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