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Software Engineering & Database Technologies (MSc)
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.
Who is the course for?
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.
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.
Applications and Selections
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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.
This course is open to honours degree graduates (Level 8) or Level 7 graduates with three or more years experience and to those otherwise satisfying the postgraduate entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent international qualification will be required, if applicable. See the IT Online Launchpad for further details.
2 years, part-time
Next start date
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Mode of study
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:
- Computer Architecture and Operating Systems [CORE]
- Fundamentals of Programming [CORE]
- Software Engineering [CORE]
- Object Oriented Programming [CORE]
- Object Oriented Design
- Distributed Systems and the Cloud
- Artificial Intelligence
- Introduction to Information Retrieval
- Introduction to Relational Databases
- Fundamentals of Databases
- Data Mining
Further details on these modules can be found on our IT Online Launchpad.
In second year, you will complete a thesis under an approved thesis advisor in the NUI Galway IT Department.
To support work on the thesis, you must complete 2 modules CT6110 Thesis Fundamentals [5 ECTS] and CT626 Thesis [30 ECTS].
Why Choose This Course?
Information Technology, in general, and software/database design and development, in particular, are one of the success stories in the Irish economy. This course will equip you to participate in this vibrant, international industry. Since IT is crucial in every sector, many of our graduates also have used the course for career advancement and progression within their current employment field.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
*Next Level Skillnet funding (20% fee subsidy) is available for this course, find out more...
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.