M.Sc. Advanced Software Engineering

  • On Campus
  • Not specified
  • EUR14950 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University College Dublin | Dublin, Ireland
In recent years Software Engineering has undergone a shift in emphasis from the traditional, process-oriented approach to more lightweight approaches where the emphasis is on the programmer, and the development of flexible, maintainable code.

Description of Advanced Software Engineering


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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Full-time July 31; Part-time November 20
Tuition fee
  • EUR 14950 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 9000 Year (EEA)
Start date January  2016, September  2016
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

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 student‘s 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.

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language. Find English courses on Language Learning Portal.

CAE score
200(Grade A)

Requirements for Advanced Software Engineering

Students entering this programme are expected to have at least a 2.1 honours bachelor‘s 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.

Work Experience for Advanced Software Engineering

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

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University College Dublin, Ireland

Ireland University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland’s largest provider of Graduate Education in Ireland. It has a rich heritage stretching back more than 150 years. Today, the university has a thriving graduate community of some 6,800 students who work and learn on two world-class campuses, and in numerous associated research and teaching institutions. As an internationally recognised and research-driven university, UCD attracts talented students from around the world.

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