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M.Sc. in Software Design and Development
M.Sc. in Software Design and Development (External Stream)
Higher Diploma in Software Design and Development
National University of Ireland, Galway – GYE03, MSc
GYE15, MSc (External stream)
GYE12, HDip

2 years full-time (MSc),
1 year part-time (MSc—External Stream)
1 year full-time (HDip)

Course Overview

The MSc (Software Design & Development) is aimed at candidates with little or no I.T. experience. It firstly provides focused training in software development techniques, tools, and essential academic foundations. Critically, it also develops students’ research capabilities, and allows them to pursue a substantial research project in some aspect of computing. The programme aims to provide students with the necessary skills, conceptual frameworks, methods, technologies, and hands-on experience of software development, as a basis for a career in the I.T. industry. Students will also acquire specialised knowledge of specific I.T. topics and develop advanced research and development skills.

MSc (External stream): the Discipline of Information Technology offer a Masters in Software Design & Development comprising an initial taught year and a subsequent research year (PAC code GYE03). However, this programme differs from the MSc (PAC code GYE03) in that students register for the second research year having already completed a HETAC/NUI (or equivalent) higher/postgraduate diploma that is equivalent to the 1st taught year. It may be necessary to take some qualifiers prior to entry such as a research methods module.The research year culminates in the delivery of a thesis. Final MSc mark is determined by 2nd year result only. This programme is in line with the University Policy for Recognition of Prior Learning in that it recognises prior academic qualifications.
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.

The Higher Diploma in Software Design and Development is aimed at candidates with little or no IT experience. It provides a focused and intensive training in software design and development techniques, tools and essential academic foundations.
The programme requires students to pursue a substantial software design and development project and also develops students’ research capabilities.

Course content

MSc: this full-time programme runs over two academic years. The first year follows the normal academic cycle of two semesters, with examinations at the end of each semester. This period consists of intensive lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials, as well as group and individual software projects. Time will also be spent in developing research interests, which will become the focus for the second year. In second year, students carry out research and development in a specific area under the supervision of a staff member. The degree culminates with the submission of an academic thesis detailing the research work completed.

MSc (External stream): this course is research-based only and begins with an eight-week qualifier module (e.g., an online-taught module in research methodologies) prior to start of the academic year. This module enables students to identify a research strategy, a research topic and an academic supervisor. Students then pursue their research project over one academic year, during which they complete a body of work equivalent to 800 hours of academic studies. Students can re-register for the following academic year, if they are not able to complete their thesis within one year.

HDip: this full-time programme runs from September to May and follows the normal academic cycle of two semesters, with examinations at the end of each semester. The programme consists of intensive lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials, as well as group and individual software projects. Time will also be spent developing research interests to facilitate students that fulfill certain requirements to transfer to the MSc (Software Design and Development).

The programme includes such modules as:

• Databases
• Software Engineering
• Programming in Java
• Object-Oriented Programming
• Internet Programming
• Computer Architecture and Operating Systems
• Computer Networks
• Research Methods

Career prospects; Further studies

MSc: a wide variety of opportunities are open to graduates, including the software industry itself, or in a broad 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 recruited graduates recently include: Fidelity Investments, Galway; Starlight Solutions, Galway; and Ericson, 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, banking, telecommunications, health and energy sector (working as skilled software practitioners). Companies/organisations that have recruited graduates recently include: Cisco, Galway; HP, Galway; DCM Compliance, Limerick.

Entry requirements

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): Students must hold a second class primary degree (Level 8), preferably in a numerate discipline and a HETAC/NUI (or equivalent international qualification) accredited higher/postgraduate 60 ECTS diploma in ICT. If applicable an IELTS score of 6 or equivalent international qualification is required.

HDip: The programme is open to candidates with little or no IT experience, who have obtained a Level 7 primary degree (or equivalent international qualification). A background in a numerate discipline is desirable. If applicable, applicants require a GPA score of 3.0 (or equivalent international qualification) and an IELTS score of 6.

Fees

EU (Total): €3,500 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of levy)

Contact details

Full programme description on the following web-site:
http://www.nuigalway.ie/information_technology/pgrad.html

Mr. Seamus Hill
T +353 91 495 232
E seamus.hill@nuigalway.ie

Dr. Hugh Melvin
T +353 91 493 716
E hugh.melvin@nuigalway.ie


Information Technology Web site.

http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/software-design-development.html