Software Development - International Systems

The MSc in Software Development: International Systems is targeted at giving students with a typically noncomputing background, the skills and knowledge required to build high-quality software systems for international markets. Thus, the emphasis is on programming, database development, testing the resultant systems, and knowledge of the techniques employed to create systems for different locales\markets. Additionally it aims to create graduates who are capable of researching new trends and approaches in software development\internationalisation autonomously, after they leave the course.

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.

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

•Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•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


2 Years Full Time

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Year 1

Semester 1
• Computing Fundamentals
• Programming
• Introduction to Model Driven Development
• ICT Employment Skills
• Best Practice Internationalisation

Semester• Programming
• Introduction to Web Development
• Database Systems
• Software Testing and Inspection
• Project Management 2

Year 2

Semester 3
• Object Oriented Development
• Language Engineering and Translation Technologies
• Research Methods
• Dissertation Part 1

Semester 4
• Mobile Applications Development
• Translation Technology Systems
• Software Requirements Engineering
• Dissertation Part 2

Application date


•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

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