MSc (Software Engineering and Database Technologies)

College of Engineering & Informatics

Course overview

The aim of this programme is to develop your career with an innovative MSc in Software Engineering and Database Technologies. Designed and delivered jointly by NUI Galway and Regis University, Denver (USA), this tailor-made programme 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.

Develop your career with an innovative MSc in Software Engineering and Database Technologies. Designed and delivered jointly by NUI Galway and Regis University, Denver (USA), this tailor-made programme 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 programme for students who wish:

  • to update their Information and Communication Technology development skills.
  • to learn about information technology with a specific emphasis on software development or database technologies while gaining advanced research skills.
  • who already work in the area, but would like to gain a recognised Masters qualification.

Key facts

Entry requirements

This degree is open to honours degree graduates (Level 8) in Science, Engineering, or other relevant disciplines, and to other graduates with three or more years’ of relevant experience, and to those otherwise satisfying the MSc entry standards. An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent international qualification will be required, if applicable.

Duration: 2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2016

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: Unlimited

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

Mode of study: Blended learning

Course outline

The programme 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 programme 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 Concepts
  • Database Administration
  • Middleware Architectures and Database Applications
  • XML Concepts for Database Development
  • Service Oriented Architecture Concepts
  • Object Oriented Design
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Distributed Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Real-Time Systems
  • Graphics Programming

Applications and selections

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

Requirements and assessment

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

Find out more

Aisling Monahan
T: +353 91 495 698

Catherine Cronin
T: +353 91 492 940

Sam Redfern
T: +353 91 493 670

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,250 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,026 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €8,350 p.a. 2015/16

Past students

Dave Collins

MSc (Software and information Systems) 2008

Head of Billing I.T. Business Owners. Orange Business Services. 

"This course and its method of delivery provided me with an opportunity to bring my knowledge of IT up-to-date and to do so in a flexible way. The distance learning approach coupled with the modular format and continuous assessment allowed me to balance my job requirements with those of the course.
For me, as a wheelchair user, the remote delivery of course eliminated potential access problems and allowed an addition level of flexibility to meet my specific needs.

The course is informative and reflects current technologies in the Information Systems and database arenas. The course facilitators are knowledgeable and supportive and while it requires work and commitment I found the course to be enjoyable and rewarding and would highly recommend it."