Software Engineering (Diploma)

College of Engineering & Informatics

Course overview

This diploma provides a focused programme of study in the area of software design and development, providing an insight into technical skills and modern industry techniques. The computer languages Java and C are taught in the diploma, as well as Object Oriented Design and a number of important software engineering methodologies.


This is an ideal programme for students who wish to:

  • Update their software development and  ICT skills
  • Study in a flexible, on-line environment
  • Engage with an interesting and challenging curriculum
  • Improve their employability opportunities by re-skilling in the area of software development
  • Develop key professional skills of critical thinking,  problem-solving and communications skills;


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Key facts

Entry requirements

The Diploma programme 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 postgraduate 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.

Duration: 1 year, Part time Online

Next start date: 25th August, 2014

ECTS weighting: 30

Awards: Diploma in Software Engineering, NUI Galway

Closing date: Late applications (until August 29th) will be considered for a later start date in October.

NFQ level: 8

Mode of study: Online

Course outline

Rather than being a general-purpose award on computing, the intention of this diploma programme is to provide a coherent and complimentary set of in-depth modules which bring the student up-to-speed on relevant software development tools and techniques.


The programme includes five core modules on:

  1. Fundamentals of Programming (CT609)
  2. Object Oriented Design (CT618)
  3. Object Oriented Programming (CT619)
  4. Distributed Systems (CT620)
  5. Software Engineering (CT610)


Students may also chose to take an elective module from either of the following areas by replacing one of the core modules listed with one of the following.  Such an option will enable prospective students to choose modules in accordance with their professional development requirements.

  1. Artificial Intelligence (CT621)
  2. Real-Time Systems (CT622)
  3. Graphics Programming (CT623)



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 Diploma in Software Engineering is delivered entirely using online learning technology so students can study when and where they want according to a paced learning cycle. Course materials are easy to follow and are accompanied by continuous assessment exercises, research/review questions and recommended course textbooks.  Modules are delivered one at a time, 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. Each module is individually assessed by online examinations and assignments.  All assessments and examinations take place within the eight-week period.


Find out more

Aisling Monaghan

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
T 091 495698


Catherine Cronin
Dept. of Informaiton Technology
NUI Galway 

T 091 495041

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,250 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €8,350 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)

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.


Springboard-eligible applicants should apply via the Springboard courses website

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Charlene Trigueiro

Charlene Trigueiro

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"NUI Galway's reputation, as well as the range of modules offered, appealed to me in the first place. Also, the quality of the Masters was very high. The class-size was small enough to allows students to get to know each other and to easily ask lecturers for help or advice. I would recommend NUI Galway because of the quality of the lecturers, the quality of the teaching materials used, and the standards expected of students. Also the course allowed me to advance my academic writing, desk research, and develop strong analytical skills in marketing."