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Software Development - International Systems

Overview

This course provides students with the knowledge, skills and expertise required to develop software systems for deployment in different international and cultural locales. It is aimed at students who hold a primary degree in another discipline and builds on key transferable outcomes that they bring from that degree: outcomes like self-learning, communication and critical thinking.

It will provide students with the opportunity to gain state-of-the-art knowledge in a wide range of software development activities like requirements analysis, software design, implementation and testing. It will couple this with specialist knowledge in the field of customizing systems for different (international and cultural) markets, through the inclusion of modules on language engineering and translation technology. As such, it serves the continuous demand that exists for software development graduates, both nationally and internationally.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants for a Master's programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in any discipline where knowledge from that degree could be usefully complemented by the state-of-the-art, software development/engineering expertise that this course offers. Example disciplines include, but are not limited to, Linguistics, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Business, Health and Medicine. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

WHAT TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR APPLICATION:
•Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable
•English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
•A copy of your birth certificate/passport

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.

Duration

2 Years Full Time

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Jim Buckley
Tel: +353 (0)61 213531

Email: jim.buckley@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Programme Content

The course is offered over 2 academic years (Autumn and Spring semesters) and requires full time attendance on campus. It consists of a taught element over the 2 years and a dissertation that runs concurrent with the taught element in year 2. The total credit weighting of the course is 120 ECTS credits

Programme Content

YEAR 1
Semester 1
•Research Methods
•Programming 1
•Software Engineering Development Paradigms
•Language Engineering & Translation Technology
•Best Practice Software Internationalisation

Semester 2
•Programming 11
•Introduction to Web Development
•Software Engineering Requirements
•Human Computer Interaction
•Quantitative Research Methods

YEAR 2

Semester 3
•Software Design
•Translation Technology Systems
•Database Systems
•Dissertation Part 1

Semester 4
•Mobile Applications Development
•Software Quality
•Dissertation Part 2

The programme is subject to the final academic approval process which will be completed in 2017

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

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