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 via the Postgraduate Applications Centre  (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 degree graduates with a level 7 or ordinary-degree minimum qualification and to those otherwise satisfying the MSc entry standards. Applicants with a level 7 qualification must have three or more years of relevant experience to satisfy the MSc entry standards (degree equivalent qualifications).  Honours degree applicants (level 8) with a minimum of a 2nd class honours qualification, are not required to have work-experience before making an application. Qualifications in Information Technology, Science, Engineering, or another relevant discipline are most suitable.  Applicants from other areas are also welcome to apply.

Other entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.).

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time. Online.

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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 and the Cloud
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Real-Time Systems
  • Graphics Programming

Module details for SED1

Module details for SED3

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

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Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,580 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€4,524 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€56 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€5,080 p.a. 2018/19

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.

Find out More

 Aisling Monahan 

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 495698

Majella O’Dea 
Academic Coordinator 
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 495 041

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.