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Software Design and Development (MSc, "External" stream)
MSc (Software Design and Development)
MSc (Software Design and Development) — External stream
HDipAppSc (Software Design and Development)
College of Engineering & Informatics
MSc (Software Design & Development): This two-year MSc is aimed at candidates with little or no IT experience who want to pursue a career in the IT industry. The skills developed in this programme include the core software development tools and techniques as well as a solid grounding in research and its application in a specific ICT (information and communications technology) domain. 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): This course is aimed at students who have already obtained a Level 8 postgraduate qualification in IT and are interested in pursuing an MSc qualification. 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.
Higher Diploma in Software Design and Development: This programme is aimed at candidates with little or no IT experience. It provides an academic foundation and broad technical training in software design and development. The skills developed in this programme include the core software development tools and techniques as well as a solid grounding in a specific ICT (information and communications technology) domain. This distance-learning 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.
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): This programme is available to students who have completed an accredited (subject to approval by the School of Engineering and Informatics), Level 8 (with 60 ECTS credits) postgraduate qualification in Computer Science or Information Technology. This qualification can relate to academic programmes or accredited industry-sponsored qualifications. Potential candidates must have achieved the equivalent of a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (2.1) (or better) in their postgraduate qualification.
HDip: This programme is open to applicants who have a Level 7 pass degree (or equivalent international qualification) from a recognised university or third level college.
2 years, full-time (MSc),
1 year, full-time (MSc—External Stream)
1 year, full-time (HDip)
Next start date: September 2016
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
The programme includes such modules as:
- Software Engineering
- Programming in Java
- Object-Oriented Programming
- Internet Programming
- Computer Architecture and Operating Systems
- Computer Networks
- Research Methods
- Software Design and Development Project
Applications and selections
Who teaches this course?
Dr. Séamus Hill
Requirements and assessment
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.
MSc: A variety of opportunities are open to graduates in the software industry or in a range of other sectors, such as telecommunications, medical informatics, energy informatics, digital media, banking and consulting. Many graduates continue with careers related to their specialised field of research. Companies/organisations that have recruited graduates recently include Fidelity Investments, Galway; Cisco, Galway; and Ericsson, Athlone.
MSc (External Stream): Recent graduates have already been in full-time employment while participating in this programme.
HDip: Opportunities exist in various industries, ranging from web design, gaming and banking to telecommunications, health and the energy sector. Companies/organisations that have recruited graduates recently include Cisco, Galway; HP, Galway; and DCM Compliance, Limerick.
"I transferred from my primary degree in Multimedia to the HDip in Software Design and Development as I wanted to improve upon my computer-language programming skills. The HDip allows for experience in many of these languages, with extra help in the form of handouts, lab sessions and excellent library facilities. Every lecturer I encountered during my time on the course was extremely approachable and were always able to make time to converse with me about any area in which I may be having difficulty. Working with a group during the required year long project helped me to hone my team-working skills and get to know my classmates better. In personal experience, I feel the greatest asset to me was the research module, which when I moved to perusing the second year and the Masters in Software Design and Development, was certainly a desirable benefit."
"After completing my undergraduate in Engineering and gaining a number of years' professional work experience, I had seen a growing need for Software Developers in my line work. I starting some initial work in this area and became very interested. Separate to this, I knew that I wanted continue my education but I felt that with my already established qualifications/experience I would prefer to progress further in my level of qualification rather than start an undergraduate course again to pursue Software. This is when I learned about this unique course that NUIG provides in the MSc in Software Design and Development. I have now completed the first year taught element of the course. I feel that the first year has given me a solid knowledge foundation in Software Development which I can build on. In particular I was impressed with the state-of-the-art IT training facilities provided and maintained by the IT department, which really gives the student hands on experience with IT infrastructure Now in my second year, which is the main research element of the course, using this new knowledge gained in first year and with my previous professional experience, I have undertaken research in the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), a world-renowned research institution at NUI Galway. I feel that when I graduate, the knowledge/experience I have gained from this coursewill provide me with a lot more options in my career path; I have the option to continue with my existing career and be set apart with my new founded skills or I could continue in new exciting research domain with possible progression to PhD qualification."
"I'm currently undertaking a Masters project developing an integrated development environment for Adaptive Optics, working in the Applied Optics group in NUIG. The H. Dip. provided me with both the technical and soft skills needed to undertake this project. It provided a solid grounding for furthering my study in the area of software design."