M.Sc. Advanced Software Engineering

University College Dublin

Application deadline: Full-time July 31; Part-time November 20
Tuition fee:
  • € 9,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,950 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This masters programme is specifically geared at experienced industrial software engineers and aims to provide them with the foundational skills necessary to apply these new developments in their own work.

Part-Time Masters Programme in Advanced Software Engineering

This part-time degree takes two years and is aimed at software engineers working in industry, and the programme structure reflects this. Six intensive modules are taken at a rate of three a year. Each module is one week in duration, with a written examination taking place usually in the subsequent summer examination period.

Full-Time Masters Programme in Advanced Software Engineering

A one-year, full-time masters programme in Advanced Software Engineering commences in September.


The 2-year, part-time programme starts in January 2015 and involves taking six specialised modules (60 credits) and a masters dissertation (30 credits). If all modules are passed and an honours standard is achieved, the candidate may proceed to the dissertation component. Otherwise, the candidate graduates with a Graduate Diploma.

In each year you would take three specialised modules. Each specialised module runs as a full-time, intensive unit over five consecutive days (9am-6pm, Mon-Fri) in order to facilitate the participation of industry-based software engineers. The dissertation period commences in May of the second year and the dissertation must be submitted by the following December.

Each specialised module typically comprises 24 hours lectures, 16 hours of hands-on laboratory work, as well as assignment/essay work to be undertaken in the students own time.

The 1-year, full-time programme starts in September 2014 and comprises coursework (60 credits), undertaken between September and May, and a masters dissertation (30 credits), undertaken during the subsequent summer months (June-August). If all modules are passed and an honours standard is achieved, the candidate may proceed to the dissertation component. Otherwise, the candidate graduates with a Graduate Diploma.


Students entering this programme are expected to have at least a 2.1 honours bachelors degree in Computer Science (or a cognate discipline), and have a subsequent two or more years of industrial experience in software development. Prerequisite skills include a high degree of proficiency in object-oriented programming, a working knowledge of object-oriented design using e.g. UML, and experience in software development as part of a team. Each application will however be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and exceptions to these rules may be made.

Please note that this programme is not suitable for new graduates with little or no industrial experience.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience is required.


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