Course Overview

This fully online diploma provides a focused programme of study in the area of software design and development, providing an insight into technical skills and modern industry techniques. Computer programming and design are taught in the diploma, as well as a number of important software engineering methodologies.

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Mode of Study: Online Learning

Applications and Selections

Applications are now closed for 2021. Applications for part-time courses will reopen in April 2022.

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Applications System. This course is listed under Adult Learning & CPD Courses Application.

Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information. Software Engineering students are required to submit a current Curriculum Vitae along with other supporting documentation in their application.

This course is also available through Springboard, find out more here.


Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

The Diploma in Software Engineering is delivered entirely using online learning technology so students can study when and where they want according to a paced learning cycle. Course materials are easy to follow and are accompanied by continuous assessment exercises, research/review questions and recommended course textbooks. Modules are delivered one at a time, over an eight-week period via asynchronous online technologies using web-supported learning.

The programme facilitators provide a recommended outline of study for each of the eight-week modules to ensure students keep on track. Each module is individually assessed by online examinations and assignments. All assessments and examinations take place within the eight-week period.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

This diploma is open to honours degree graduates (Level 8) or Level 7 graduates with 2-3 years of experience. An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent international qualification will be required, if applicable. See IT Online Launchpad for further details.

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

*Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, course quotas will be reviewed continuously throughout the application cycle. Courses which reach their quota will close to application. As many courses fill up quickly, you are advised to apply as early as possible, incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time online

Next start date


A Level Grades ()

Average intake

Limited numbers available, apply early*

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date


NFQ level


Mode of study

Online Learning

ECTS weighting



Diploma in Software Engineering, NUI Galway


Course code


Course Outline

This course is part-time and runs over one year. You will study one online module every eight weeks. Modules 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

CORE modules are those which you must take. All other modules are electives and you must choose one.

Further details on these modules can be found on our IT Online Launchpad.


Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The software industry includes businesses involved in the development, maintenance and publication of computer software, as well as software services such as training, documentation, and consulting. At the heart of this industry is the activity of actually building and producing computer software, which is the emphasis of this diploma. Opportunities for software developers are excellent within Ireland and internationally.

Who’s Suited to This Course

This is an ideal course for students who wish to:

  • Update their software development and ICT skills
  • Study in a flexible, online environment
  • Engage with an interesting and challenging curriculum
  • Improve their employability by re-skilling in the area of software development
  • Develop key professional skills of critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,758 p.a.* 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€4,688 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€70 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€5,258 p.a. 2021/22


*Next Level Skillnet funding (40% fee subsidy) is available for this course. You also may be eligible for the Adult Learning Tuition Scholarship, find out more...

Find out More

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Majella O’Dea 
IT Online
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What Our Students Say


Neil Keane |   Diploma Graduate

This course enabled me to acquire valuable skills in topics such as Project Management, Distributed Systems, Object Oriented Programming and Design while all the time continuing my professional career without interruption. I found the teaching approach used, which involved the practical application of each week’s learning in the form of discussions and assignment an excellent way to learn. Importantly, as the course was delivered online, it gave me the freedom to establish a study routine at a time and place that suited me, my family and my work. By achieving a third level qualification in Software Engineering, I accomplished a long held personal & professional goal. Further, having achieved the Diploma has allowed me a distinct advantage in my workplace. Not only for the practical skills that I can apply to my work, but also because I am recognised by my manager as having had both the motivation and initiative to continue developing myself professionally.


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