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Diploma in Software Engineering, Level 8
National University of Ireland, Galway – GYE16

1 year part-time course

Course Overview

This 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. The computer languages Java and C are taught in the diploma, as well as Object Oriented Design and a number of important software engineering methodologies.

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 opportunities by re-skilling in the area of software development
  • Develop key professional skills of critical thinking,  problem-solving and communications skills

Course content

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

The programme includes five core modules on:

  1. Fundamentals of Programming
  2. Object Oriented Design
  3. Object Oriented Programming
  4. Distributed Systems
  5. Software Engineering

Students may also chose to take an elective module from either of the following areas by replacing one of the core modules listed with one of the following.  Such an option will enable prospective students to choose modules in accordance with their professional development requirements.

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  2. Real-Time Systems
  3. Graphics Programming

Entry Requirements

The Diploma programme is open to honours degree graduates (minimum 2nd class honours) in Science, Engineering or other relevant discipline, and to other degree graduates with three or more years of relevant experience, and to those otherwise satisfying the postgraduate entry standards (degree equivalent qualifications).

Applicants with an ordinary or pass degree or Level 7 diploma must have at least three years relevant experience to be considered for the programme.


EU (Total): €4,250 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.

Contact details

NUI Galway IT Online Programmes
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