Course Overview

This programme provides a flexible, part-time, online 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.

NUI Galway IT Online Programmes 


Applications and Selections

Applications should be made online at PAC Code:GYE04

Who Teaches this Course

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.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The MScSED Degree is open to honours degree graduates (minimum 2nd class honours) in IT, Science, Engineering, or another relevant discipline. It is also open 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


2 years, part-time. Online.

Next start date

August 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

See webpage for offer rounds/closing dates.

Next start date

August 2016

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Course Outline

The core syllabus of the MSc in Software Engineering and Database Technologies comprises equally Software Engineering and Database design and development modules. Students undertake a number of optional modules during the second year allowing them to specialise in advanced software engineering or database 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:

  • Computer Architecture & Operating Systems
  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Software Engineering
  • Database Architecture
  • Database Concepts

You must complete 3 of these Database Elective modules:

  • Database Administration
  • Service-Oriented Architecture Concepts
  • Database Warehouse Design
  • PL/SQL Programming

You must complete 2 of these Software Engineering elective modules:

  • Object Oriented Design
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Distributed Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Real-Time Systems
  • Graphics Programming

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

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

Who’s Suited to This Course

This is an ideal programme for students who:

  • wish to update their Information and Communication Technology development skills
  • wish to learn about information technology with a specific emphasis on software development or database technologies while gaining advanced research skills
  • already work in the area, but would like to gain a recognised Masters qualification

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,250 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€8,350 p.a. 2016/17


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 or signing for social insurance contribution credits. Please download the 2016_2017 Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

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

Aisling Monahan
Course Coordinator
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway

What Our Students Say


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 recommend this course to existing or emerging It, Engineering, Science, or similar 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...