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Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Software Development

MSc in Applied Software Development Course Overview

The MSc in Applied Software Development seeks to develop participants’ knowledge, skills and competence in the area of software development. The programme is a specialist, postgraduate computing degree designed to produce graduates with the attributes required of software developers today and the ability to continue to develop knowledge, skill and competence to remain competitive and employable in an ever-advancing sector. The programme consists of 60 credits of taught module work and 30 credits of an applied development project.

LinkedIn (2018) revealed a list of skills, both technical and application specific, that are currently in-demand for the Irish software sector. This programme satisfies the majority of the stated in-demand skills and application knowledge, such as JQuery, Eclipse, Web and Application Services, Data Warehousing and Python programming. This range of applications and skills are integrated throughout the programme to enable learners to achieve their goals within the confines of current technology while engaging in, and, exploring emerging technologies. The LinkedIn report also pointed to 12,000 vacancies across the Irish technology industry, and specialist skills are highly sought after, with the rise in remuneration across the software sector reflecting the current demand for professionals with these skill sets.

This MSc in Applied Software Development utilises a carefully designed programme schedule with modules focused on advanced software development topics: Algorithms & Mathematical Methods, Information Retrieval and Data Mining, Research Methods & Professionalism, Software Design Methodologies, Cloud Services & Integration, Enterprise Software Development , Programming Paradigms, Systems Security and the Applied Software Development Project. The design and development of these modules were informed by in-depth industry consultation. To achieve an MSc award, the programme continues with a 30 ECTS supervised applied software development group project allowing students to apply their knowledge from the 60 ECTS taught modules elements to a specialised applied software development problem. The problem to be researched will be an industry-initiated real world problem and used as the context for planning, designing, building and testing potential software solutions. This module incorporates learning from all modules in the taught components and aims to ready learners for industry and/or academic software development work.

CollegeCCT College Dublin
Course LocationAthlone, Westmeath
Location PostcodeDublin 2
Course CategorySoftware Development, IT & Computers
Course TypeClassroom Based
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsMaster of Science (MSc) in Applied Software Development
Course Start Date20th September 2021
Course DurationPart-time Course : Two evenings per week + some Saturday classes over two years Full-time Course: Monday-Friday day-time hours over one year
Course TimePart-time Course : Two evenings per week + some Saturday classes over two years Full-time Course: Monday-Friday day-time hours over one year
Course Fee4,250 euro per year part-time (two years). Full-time – €7,900. Full-time Non EU Offshore – €13,500
Entry RequirementsThis programme is intended for graduates of level 8 NFQ Honours Degree or Higher Diploma awards in ICT/Computing (or equivalent), aspiring to progress their academic experience to postgraduate level, specifically in the area of software development. Learners who present undergraduate degrees, along with relevant experience in the area of software development and/or professional certification, may also be considered (RPEL route). Learners submitting a direct entry application to the proposed programme should provide supporting documentation for application consideration, in line with any one of the below Access arrangements or minimum entry requirements: a) An Honours Degree or Higher Diploma in ICT/Computing at level 8 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications OR b) Submission of an application based on Recognition of Prior Learning / Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning, in line with the College policy. In addition, applicants whose first language is not English, must present English Language proficiency level evidence. English language competency required for entry must be equal to or greater than B2+ in the CERFL. English language credentials endorsed by other systems (viz. IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge etc) will be assessed to ensure they meet this minimum standard. In either case, applicants may be required to attend an interview prior to admission to determine their suitability for the programme.
Carear PathGraduates of this programme should be able to secure professional roles at intermediate and advanced positions in computing and software development related industries, and progress to leadership or research roles using skills related to those learned in the programme curriculum. As this programme provides a specialised course of learning in applied software development, graduates should be able to secure employment in a range of mid to advanced-level positions such as, but not limited to: software consultant, mid-level IT project manager, software developer/architect/engineer, cloud developer/architect, software maintenance engineer, cloud migration engineer, as well as software testing, security and quality assurance roles. Industry consultation on this programme centred on the importance of developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills within the learner, and a willingness to engage in self-directed learning. The consultation process also highlighted the importance of developing soft skills as these skills can be treated secondary to technical skills, but are of significant importance when working in multicultural and diverse teams. This programme aims to produce graduates who are technically skilled, problem solvers, professional, good communicators and effective team players as well as leaders. The graduate will also be well-placed to pursue further academic or professional study.
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