MSc Software Engineering & Database Technologies (MScSED)

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.

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


NUI Galway IT Online Programmes 


Key facts

Entry requirements

The MScSED Degree 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 MSc 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. If the applicant has no formal qualification at all then he/she is not eligible to apply.

Additional requirements


Duration: 2 years, Part-time Online

Next start date: 24th August, 2015

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: Unlimited

Closing date: Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

NFQ level: 9

Mode of study: Online

Course outline

The core syllabus of the MSc in Software Engineering and Database Technologies comprises   equally   Software Development and Information Systems modules. Students undertake a number of optional modules during the second year allowing them to specialise in advanced software development and other computer science disciplines. Students also undertake a major research and/or development project, leading to a thesis.

The programme content is extensive and varied, and includes modules on:

o Computer Architecture & Operating Systems

o Fundamentals of Programming

o Software Engineering

o Database Architecture

o Database Concepts

o Database Administration


You must complete 2 Database elective modules;

o Middleware Architectures and Database Applications

o Server Oriented Architecture Concepts

o Database Backup and Recovery

o Database Performance Tuning

o PLSQL Programming


You must complete 2 Software Engineering elective modules;

o Object Oriented Design

o Object Oriented Programming

o Distributed Systems

o Artificial Intelligence

o Real-Time Systems

o Graphics Programming

o Software Quality & Test

Applications and selections

Applications should be made online at 


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

- Social Insurance Contribution Credits

- Community Employment Scheme

Fee Scholarship Application form 2014-2015 


Requirements and assessment

The MScSED programme is delivered entirely using online learning technology so students can study when and where they want. Course materials are easy to follow and are accompanied by continuous assessment exercises, research/review questions and recommended course textbooks.

Each module is delivered over an eight-week period via asynchronous online technologies using web-supported learning. The programme coordinators provide a recommended outline of study for each of the eight-week modules to ensure students keep their progress on track. Course tutors are highly experienced in facilitating online programmes and will provide all the support students need with the programme content, as well as giving feedback on weekly assignments.

Each module is individually assessed.   Students are assessed by online examinations, online assignments and a Software Development Project and Thesis or an IT Research Project and Thesis in year 2 of the programme

Find out more

Majella O’Dea 
Academic Coordinator 
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway


Aisling Monahan
Programme Administrator
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,250 p.a. 2013/14 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Student levy: €224 p.a.
Non-EU (Total): €8,350 p.a. 2013/14

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment - see section titled "Applications and selections" below for further details.


Fees for all Adult Learning and Professional Development courses

Past students

Fiona Lawlor

MSc Software Engineering and Database Technologies

"...Having already graduated from NUI Galway with a degree in Geology 10 years ago, my career in Geographical Information Systems had brought me to a point where I felt I needed to fill the gaps in my IT knowledge. I would recommend this course to existing or emerging IT - or related discipline - professionals who wish to follow a formal learning path and gain a higher level qualification. New modules every  eight weeks mean the material remains fresh, and the distance learning approach allows the flexibility to study while still working full time.
I am now implementing the Software Engineering and Database Management techniques I learned on this course in my day to day work, and also found that the time management skills developed through distance learning have lead me to manage my time better in general..."