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Computing - Advanced Software Development

The MSc in Computing (Advanced Software Development) aims to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to develop the complex software solutions that organizations need to compete in the emerging global digital economy.

The target audience is those with an undergraduate qualification in computer science or software development. Students will study advanced technical modules in programming, design, databases, architecture and web development to acquire the advanced technical skills needed to practice as software developers working on leading edge development projects. In addition students will be equipped with key professional, technical communications skills needed to practice as a professional in the computing industry.

Who Should Apply?
Individuals with a qualification in computing or hands-on experience in software development who wish to extend their technical skills to participate in the design and development of complex software systems.

Entry requirements

The minimum admission requirements for entry to the MSc programme are a BSc (Honours 2.2. or better) in Computer Science or a related discipline. Applicants with other qualifications at Honours 2.2. or better level and relevant experience may also be considered.

Applicants must present a minimum IELTS English proficiency score of 6.5 overall with at least level 6.0 for each component.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on academic grades and any work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview.

Who Should Apply?

Individuals with a qualification in computing or hands-on experience in software development who wish to extend their technical skills to participate in the design and development of complex software systems.


Full-Time - 3 Semesters, Part-Time - 2 Years (min)

Programme Code: DT228A (Full-Time) / DT228B (Part-Time).

For the full-time route, teaching hours will take place Monday to Friday. Attendance on occasional Saturdays is required for the Case Studies module and evening attendance is required for some modules. In general students complete 30 ECTS in Semester 1 (Sept-Jan), 30 in Semester 2 (Feb-May) and 30 in Semester 3 (Sept-Jan) for the dissertation. For those who wish to complete in one calendar year, the dissertation can be taken over the summer months (June-Sept) with approval.

For the part-time route, teaching will be in the evening with classes starting at 18.30. Attendance on Saturdays is required for some critical skills modules. Part-time students can progress through the programme at their own pace. The recommended pathway to complete the part-time programme in 2 years requires either attendance for two evenings with Saturdays per week or for three evenings per week in each semester.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates completing the MSc will be qualified to take up strong technical roles in software development teams in a range of organisations. Specific opportunities include: software developer, software engineer, test engineer, software designer, systems analyst, web developer, technical consultant.

Students can choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate on completion of 30 ECTS or a Postgraduate Diploma on completion of 60 ECTS.

Students who wish to complete an MSc dissertation to achieve the MSc award will be eligible to do so on successful completion of all core modules and the achievement of an average grade of at least 50% over all core modules.

Further enquiries

Programme co-ordinator
School of Computing
College of Sciences and Health
DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8
School Contact: Andrea Curley
T: 01 402 2840

Subjects taught

Specialist Core Modules:
Programming Paradigms: Principles & Practice
Software Design
Advanced Databases
Systems Architectures
Web Application Architectures
Secure Systems Development

Critical Skills Core Modules common to all MSc in Computing specialisms:
Problem Solving, Communication and Innovation
Case Studies in Computing

Research Writing & Scientific Literature
Research Methods and Proposal Writing

Option Modules
Geographic Information Systems
Universal Design
Programming for Big Data
Problem Solving, Communication and Innovation
Social Network Analysis
User Experience Design
Deep Learning
Speech & Audio Processing

Students can also take specialist core modules from the other MSc streams as option modules, subject to availability and schedules.

Details on the delivery structure and module descriptions are available here.


College of Sciences and Health, DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8

Qualification Awarded:
Qualification Awarded: MSc (Computing - Advanced Software Development) or PG Dip (60 ECTS credits) or PG Cert (30 ECTS credits) Level 9

Application date

Closing Date: The general closing date is 30th April 2019. Please note that late applications may be accepted subject to availability.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2019.

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