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Software Engineering & Database Technologies (MSc)
The aim of this course is to develop your career with an innovative MSc in Software Engineering and Database Technologies. This tailor-made course 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. This is an ideal course for students who:
- already work in software or databases and would like to gain a recognised Masters qualification.
- wish to convert to a career in Information and Communication Technology.
- need to update their Information and Communication Technology development skills.
- want to learn about information technology with a specific emphasis on software development and/or database technologies while gaining advanced research skills.
More information on IT Online courses
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Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
This degree is open to honours degree graduates (Level 8) or Level 7 graduates with three or more years of experience and to those otherwise satisfying the postgraduate entry standards. An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent international qualification will be required, if applicable. See IT Online for details.
Other entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.).
2 years, part-time
Next start date
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Please refer to offer rounds/closing dates website.
Mode of study
The course 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 course 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 Administration
- Service Oriented Architecture Concepts
- Object Oriented Design
- Object Oriented Programming
- Distributed Systems
- Artificial Intelligence
Why Choose This Course?
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
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 the2018_19 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.
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Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
Tel: 091 495698
What Our Students Say
Mary Loftus | Past Student
I was looking for a good solid qualification in the area of Information Technology to certify about 12 years of practical experience in the industry. I also wanted to broaden my expertise with a view to taking my next steps career-wise. The online MScSED provided a very structured, online learning environment which equipped me very well for a variety of roles. It got me interested in research, in new ways of working and in finding better ways to problem- solve. Learning to relate to remote colleagues and collaborate online effectively was key for me. This was invaluable a few years after the course, when an IT management role came up with GlaxoSmithKline in Sligo, which was exactly what I had in mind when I undertook my studies. With the MSc under my belt, I felt very comfortable working with remote teams and enjoyed working as part of the senior management team there. The course also opened up a deeper interest and opportunities for me in the education sector and I have since left the corporate world to lecture part-time at IT Sligo and to study for a PhD.