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M.Sc. in Software Engineering and Database Technologies
National University of Ireland, Galway – GYE04

2 year part-time course

Course Overview

This programme aims to provide a flexible, part-time, blended learning route for students to gain the necessary professional skills, conceptual frameworks, methods, technologies and hands-on experience of software development as a basis for a career in the IT industry.  Students also acquire specialised knowledge of specific IT topics, particularly in the area of software development and database systems, and develop advanced research and/or development skills. The programme is offered jointly by NUI Galway and Regis University, Denver, USA

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.

Course content

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, including:

  • 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

Career prospects; Further studies

Information Technology in general, and software/database design and development in particular, is one of the success stories in the Irish economy. This course will equip you to participate in this vibrant, international industry. Since IT is crucial in every sector, many of our graduates also have used the course for career advancement and progression within their current employment field.

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 6.0 or equivalent international qualification will be required, if applicable.


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

Contact details

Aisling Monahan | Catherine Cronin | Sam Redfern
T: +353 91 495 698 | +353 91 495 041 |+353 91 493 670
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