MSc (Software Design and Development)
MSc (Software Design and Development) — External stream
HDipAppSc (Software Design and Development)

College of Engineering & Informatics

Course overview

The MSc (Software Design & Development) is aimed at candidates with little or no I.T. experience. It firstly provides focused training in software development techniques, tools, and essential academic foundations. Critically, it also develops students' research capabilities, and allows them to pursue a substantial research project in some aspect of computing. The programme aims to provide students with the necessary skills, conceptual frameworks, methods, technologies, and hands-on experience of software development, as a basis for a career in the I.T. industry. Students will also acquire specialised knowledge of specific I.T. topics and develop advanced research and development skills.

This programme is sponsored by the Graduate Skills Conversion Programme (GSCP) initiative of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), which aims to provide graduates with the opportunity to acquire qualifications for employment in the ICT (information and communications technology) area. Students can exit this programme after Year One with a Higher Diploma (GYE12).


MSc (External stream): the Discipline of Information Technology offer a Masters in Software Design & Development comprising an initial taught year and a subsequent research year (PAC code GYE03). However, this programme differs from the MSc (PAC code GYE03) in that students register for the second research year having already completed a HETAC/NUI (or equivalent) higher/postgraduate diploma that is equivalent to the 1st taught year. It may be necessary to take some qualifiers prior to entry such as a research methods module.The research year culminates in the delivery of a thesis. Final MSc mark is determined by 2nd year result only. This programme is in line with the University Policy for Recognition of Prior Learning in that it recognises prior academic qualifications.

As a distance-learning programme, it suits candidates who are in full-time employment and/or living abroad. The programme is in line with the University Policy for Recognition of Prior Learning in that it recognises prior academic qualifications.
 

This distance-learning programme is sponsored by the Graduate Skills Conversion Programme (GSCP) initiative of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The aim of this initiative is to provide graduates with the opportunity to acquire qualifications for employment in the ICT area.

 

The Higher Diploma in Software Design and Development is aimed at candidates with little or no IT experience. It provides a focused and intensive training in software design and development techniques, tools and essential academic foundations.
The programme requires students to pursue a substantial software design and development project and also develops students' research capabilities.

This programme is sponsored by the Graduate Skills Conversion Programme (GSCP) initiative of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Students may transfer to the MSc in Software Design and Development (GYE03) subject to places being available, an interview and achievement of a minimum 2.1 result in the Higher Diploma. 

Key facts

Entry requirements

MSc: Candidates must have a minimum 2.2 honours (Level 8) undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualification). If applicable, applicants require a GPA score of 3.0 (or equivalent international qualification) and an IELTS score of 6 (or equivalent international qualification).


MSc (External stream): Students must hold a second class primary degree (Level 8), preferably in a numerate discipline and a HETAC/NUI (or equivalent international qualification) accredited higher/postgraduate 60 ECTS diploma in ICT. If applicable an IELTS score of 6 or equivalent international qualification is required.


HDip: The programme is open to candidates with little or no IT experience, who have obtained a Level 7 primary degree (or equivalent international qualification). A background in a numerate discipline is desirable. If applicable, applicants require a GPA score of 3.0 (or equivalent international qualification) and an IELTS score of 6.


 

Duration: 2 years, full-time (MSc),
1 year, full-time (MSc—External Stream)
1 year, full-time (HDip)

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 60 each year

Average intake: 30 (MSc) | 15 (MSc, External Stream) | 30 (HDip)

Closing date: Please refer to offer rounds/closing dates website

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

MSc: this full-time programme runs over two academic years. The first year follows the normal academic cycle of two semesters, with examinations at the end of each semester. This period consists of intensive lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials, as well as group and individual software projects. Time will also be spent in developing research interests, which will become the focus for the second year. In second year, students carry out research and development in a specific area under the supervision of a staff member. The degree culminates with the submission of an academic thesis detailing the research work completed. 
 

MSc (External stream): this course is research-based only and begins with an eight-week qualifier module (e.g., an online-taught module in research methodologies) prior to start of the academic year. This module enables students to identify a research strategy, a research topic and an academic supervisor. Students then pursue their research project over one academic year, during which they complete a body of work equivalent to 800 hours of academic studies. Students can re-register for the following academic year, if they are not able to complete their thesis within one year.
 

HDip: this full-time programme runs from September to May and follows the normal academic cycle of two semesters, with examinations at the end of each semester. The programme consists of intensive lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials, as well as group and individual software projects. Time will also be spent developing research interests to facilitate students that fulfill certain requirements to transfer to the MSc (Software Design and Development).

 

The programme includes such modules as:

• Databases
• Software Engineering
• Programming in Java
• Object-Oriented Programming
• Internet Programming
• Computer Architecture and Operating Systems
• Computer Networks
• Research Methods

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

Dr. Hugh Melvin 

Mr. Séamus Hill

Requirements and assessment

Semester One exams: December. Semester Two exams: April/May - MSc and HDip.

A range of assessment methods are integrated and applied throughout the programme. These include essays, projects, reports, presentations and case studies. Year Two culminates with the submission of a dissertation - MSc and HDip.

MSc (External Stream): while students have to pass the qualifier module before they can continue with their research, the overall assessment is solely based on their submitted dissertation. 

 

Find out more

Full programme description on the following web-site:
http://www.nuigalway.ie/information_technology/pgrad.html

 

Mr. Seamus Hill
T +353 91 495 232  
E seamus.hill@nuigalway.ie

Dr. Hugh Melvin
T +353 91 493 716    
E hugh.melvin@nuigalway.ie 


Information Technology Web site.

 

PAC code

GYE03, MSc
GYE15, MSc (External stream)
GYE12, HDip

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €3,500 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of levy)
 - Tuition: €3,276 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 2013/14 (Yr 1) €224 (Yr 2)

EU Full time programme €3,500 p.a.

EU Part time programme €2,195 p.a.