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.

NUI Galway IT Online Programmes

Applications and Selections

Applications are now open for 2017.

Applications are made online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Code: GYE16

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 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. See for details.

Additional Requirements


1 year, Part time Online

Next start date

August 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

August 2017

NFQ level


Mode of study


ECTS weighting



Diploma in Software Engineering, NUI Galway


PAC code


Course Outline

This programme is part-time and runs over one year. You will study one online module every eight weeks. This is an ideal programme for students who wish to:

  • Update their software development and ICT skills
  • Engage with an interesting and challenging curriculum in a flexible, online environment
  • Improve their employability opportunities by re-skilling in the area of software development

Rather than being a general-purpose award in computing, the intention of this diploma programme is to provide a coherent and complementary set of in-depth modules which bring the student up-to-speed on relevant software development tools and techniques. A full list of Core and Elective modules is available on

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 programme for students who wish to:

  • Update their software development and  ICT skills
  • Study in a flexible, on-line 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

€4,450 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€4,226 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€8,350 p.a. 2017/18

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2017_18 Fees Scholarship Form CALPD for more information.

Find out More

 Aisling Monahan 

Course Coordinator
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 495698

Majella O’Dea 
Academic Coordinator 
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 495 041