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Software Engineering & Entrepreneurship

The programme is ideally suited to graduates from Computer Systems, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Software Engineering and Applied Mathematics programmes who are considering business start-up or careers in companies which focus on software innovation. The cross disciplinary collaboration between the Kemmy Business School and the Faculty of Science & Engineering will leverage the expertise in both computing and entrepreneurship disciplines to ensure students obtain a more enriched and holistic industry ready educational experience.

Programme Content:
The M.Sc. in Software Engineering and Entrepreneurship course is a one-year (calendar) full time programme. Students will be expected to attend modules which are core to the topics of Software Engineering and Entrepreneurship, and will then be given options to take electives from both streams. A key emphasis in the delivery of the entrepreneurship and innovation modules is on action and experiential learning which includes a combination of interactive presentations, case studies, team work, individual assignments and entrepreneurship and small business-related projects which stimulate innovative thinking and more effectively develop participant's entrepreneurial potential. The focus for students taking the M.Sc. in Software Engineering and Entrepreneurship will be on Software Engineering problems. In addition through collaborations established by the entrepreneurship faculty, external speakers from small businesses, government agencies, professional organisations and financial institutions will challenge student thinking and provide an enhanced network of contacts for future personal and business development opportunities. Contacts within industry will be used to ensure that Software Engineering speakers will form a central role in the delivery of the programme.

Innovative teaching techniques may be used such as Problem-Based Learning and Case Study development. Additionally, students will attend Research Seminars which will give insight into current Software Engineering Research.

The dissertation is core to the programme and will involve the completion of a research report during semester 2. Following from this, during the summer months, the student will undertake more in-depth research, analysis and presentation on an applied research topic. A typical dissertation would be to present an innovative software engineering development, undertaking research on innovation practices and commercialisation within the software sector, and providing a marketing and theoretical validation for this development.

A C3 grade is required in the Dissertation 2 module to graduate with M.Sc. in Software Engineering and Entrepreneurship. A Graduate Diploma (60 credits) may be awarded to students who do not complete this dissertation.

Entry requirements

Primary Honours Degree with First or Second Honours (Level 8 - QQI) in a suitable discipline, such as Computer Systems, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Applied Mathematics.


An applicant with a degree or postgraduate diploma with relevant work experience who can satisfy the course admission team that he / she has the ability to contribute, complete and benefit from this course. In order to recognise applicants' prior learning (in accordance with the University's policy on the accreditation of prior learning), these candidates will be required to submit a written portfolio of business learning outcomes with accompanying testimonials. An interview may be a part of the selection process for these candidates.

•Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)
•English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document).

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

On completion of the programme graduates will pursue careers in innovation, creativity or entrepreneurship either within existing small or large organisations which have an entrepreneurial outlook. Additionally, they will be equipped to engage in new venture creation and to assist entrepreneurs who wish to establish and grow their business.

Graduates may also wish to pursue PhD studies in either or both disciplines.

Further enquiries

Applicants who wish to discuss detailed elements of the programme may contact the Course Directors:
Dr. Briga Hynes
Kemmy Business School
Telephone: +353-61-202619

Dr. Val Casey
Lero - the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
Department of Computer Science & Information Systems

Telephone: +353-61-202669

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester:
Entrepreneurial Marketing and Research Methods; Software Design; Software Engineering Requirements; Establishing New Ventures; Managing Innovation and Intrapreneurship.

Spring Semester:
•Software Architecture
•Managing International Business Growth
•Dissertation 1

Electives (choose 1 from)
•Human Computer Interaction
•Software Quality and one from
•Internationalising Entrepreneurial Ventures
•International Small Business Consulting.

Summer Semester
Dissertation 2

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.


The M.Sc. in Software Engineering and Entrepreneurship provides students with a blend of entrepreneurial business and management knowledge, complemented by a proficiency in software engineering. Educates students on the contemporary tools and methods for product design, development and commercialisation and the completion of an investor ready comprehensive business plan.

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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