NUI Galway Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

School of Computer Science College of Science and Engineering

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: MSc DURATION: 2 years, full-time. Students can choose to exit the programme with a HDip upon successful completion of Year 1. NUMBER OF PLACES: 20 COURSE INSTANCE(S): 1MF1 FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. See page 284 for full details of when and how to apply. 3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE 1. It provides applicants with both a solid foundation in ICT in Year One, and specialist research and applied skills in their chosen research area in Year Two. 2. It provides a stepping stone to an exciting career either in research or across very diverse applied domains—entertainment, enterprise, communications, finance, education, etc. 3. It can very much complement existing graduate qualifications, resulting in highly sought after skillsets, e.g., data science. CONTACT Dr Séamus Hill T: +353 91 495 232 E: Dr Sam Redfern T: +353 91 493 670 E:

Software Design & Development (MSc)

Your Course This two-year (Level 9) MSc is aimed at candidates with little or no information technology (IT) experience who want to pursue a career in the IT industry. The skills developed in this programme include the core software development tools and techniques as well as a solid grounding in research and its application in a specific information and communications technology (ICT) domain. The first year follows the normal academic cycle of lectures and laboratory sessions/tutorials, and provides students with a thorough foundation in IT skills. Time will also be spent on developing research interests/skills to prepare students for their second year, during which they will conduct a research project and submit a thesis on their findings. The programme’s modules comprise: • Databases; • Software Engineering;

• Algorithms and Logical Methods; • Object-Oriented Programming; • Internet Programming; • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems; • Computer Communications. Career Opportunities

A variety of opportunities are open to graduates in the software industry or in a range of other sectors, such as telecommunications, medical informatics, energy informatics, digital media, banking, and consulting. Many graduates continue with careers related to their specialised field of research. Companies/organisations that have recruited graduates recently include Fidelity Investments, Galway; Cisco, Galway; SAP, Galway; Hewlett Packard, Galway; and Ericsson, Athlone. Minimum Entry Requirements Candidates must have a minimum 2.1 honours (Level 8) undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualification). If applicable, applicants require a GPA score of 3.0 (or equivalent international qualification). English Language Proficiency: Overall, entry to the MSc requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6.5 in the writing ability category and no less than 6.0 in the other categories. FIND OUT MORE AT: software-design-development.html

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