Course Overview

The aim of this course is to develop your career with an innovative MSc in Software Engineering and Database Technologies. This tailor-made course will advance your knowledge of software development and database systems.

This wholly online course is particularly suited to people who are working or who have other daytime commitments. This is an ideal course for students who:

  • already work in software or databases and would like to gain a recognised Masters qualification.
  • wish to convert to a career in Information and Communication Technology.
  • need to update their Information and Communication Technology development skills.
  • want to learn about information technology with a specific emphasis on software development and/or database technologies while gaining advanced research skills.

More information on IT Online courses


Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

This course uses continuous assessment and a final online examination at the end of each eight-week module. There is also a significant research thesis to complete during the second year.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

This degree is open to honours degree graduates (Level 8) or Level 7 graduates with three or more years of experience and to those otherwise satisfying the postgraduate entry standards. An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent international qualification will be required, if applicable. See IT Online for details.

Other entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.).

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date

August 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to offer rounds/closing dates website.

NFQ level


Mode of study

Online Learning

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

The course is part-time and runs over two years. You will study one online module every eight weeks and, in addition, you will research and write a thesis during your second year. The course content is extensive and varied, and includes both mandatory and optional modules. These include:

  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems
  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Database Architecture
  • Database Administration
  • Service Oriented Architecture Concepts
  • Object Oriented Design
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Distributed Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence

Module details for SED1

Module details for SED3

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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Information Technology in general is one of the success stories in the modern Irish economy, particularly the field of software/database design and development. This course will enable you to participate in this vibrant, international industry. Since IT is crucial in every sector, many of our graduates have also used the course for career advancement and progression within their current employment field.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,580 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€4,524 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€56 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€5,080 p.a. 2018/19

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the2018_19 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

 Aisling Monahan 

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 495698

Majella O’Dea 
Academic Coordinator 
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 495 041

What Our Students Say


Mary Loftus |   Past Student

I was looking for a good solid qualification in the area of Information Technology to certify about 12 years of practical experience in the industry. I also wanted to broaden my expertise with a view to taking my next steps career-wise. The online MScSED provided a very structured, online learning environment which equipped me very well for a variety of roles. It got me interested in research, in new ways of working and in finding better ways to problem- solve. Learning to relate to remote colleagues and collaborate online effectively was key for me. This was invaluable a few years after the course, when an IT management role came up with GlaxoSmithKline in Sligo, which was exactly what I had in mind when I undertook my studies. With the MSc under my belt, I felt very comfortable working with remote teams and enjoyed working as part of the senior management team there. The course also opened up a deeper interest and opportunities for me in the education sector and I have since left the corporate world to lecture part-time at IT Sligo and to study for a PhD.