Minister launches new MSc in Applied Software Technology

DIT partners with Industry group to offer fully-funded Masters programme with guaranteed job on satisfactory completion


Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, with Emer Cusack, HR Director, LM Ericsson, and Paul O'Sullivan, Director and Dean of the College of Business, DIT, at the launch of the MSc in Applied Software Technology.

14th June 2011

Last Friday, Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD launched a fully-funded Masters in Applied Software Technology which is being offered in DIT, in partnership with ICT Ireland, the IBEC group that represents the high-tech sector.  The programme provides for a guaranteed job in Ireland's high-tech sector on satisfactory completion.  Skillnets and ICT Ireland member companies have provided significant funding for the initiative, which aims to close the gap between undergraduate skill levels and the expanding needs in Ireland's ICT sector. Application details are at

The programme, the first of its kind, will be offered in DIT’s School of Management.   Applications from interested students will be accepted from now until 30 June with offers being made to up to 50 successful candidates from July.    Paul O’Sullivan, Director and Dean of the College of Business in DIT, said “This is a hugely important initiative and we are delighted to be working with Industry in this sector to meet this skills need gap”.  The ideal candidates are those who have recently graduated with Honours degrees in computing and software engineering disciplines, but candidates with qualifications in mathematics and science-related subjects will also be considered. In addition to fully-funded fees, candidates will also receive an allowance for the duration of the course.


Gerard Doyle, ICT Ireland Skillnet Manager Anne O'Connell, Programme Manager, LM Ericsson Domhnall MacDomhnaill, Chairman, Skillnets Ruari Quinn, TD, Minister for Education and Skills Emer Cusack, HR Director, LM Ericsson Paul Sweetman, Director, ICT Ireland Alan Nuzum, CEO, Skillnets, Paul O'Sullivan, Head of College of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology

The programme candidates will be offered a full-time, permanent contract of employment on satisfactory completion of the programme. LM Ericsson will sponsor the first cohort of 25 participants. The Ericsson Product Development Unit in Athlone specialises in the provision of Operations Support Systems (OSS) to Telecom Operators using advanced Data and Event Management and Visualization techniques. A number of other companies are due to come on board as the programme develops later this year.
Speaking at the launch of the programme, Paul Sweetman, ICT Ireland director said: "This programme has been developed to address the growing demand for software engineers in Ireland. Companies such as LM Ericsson are taking a proactive approach to meet these needs. We are excited to see the success of the programme in its first year and build on that success by expanding to include new companies next year. Ireland has a vibrant technology sector with a promising future for graduates. Over 2,000 jobs have been announced since the start of the year and we expect this trend to continue to grow."

Eimear Cusack, Head of HR and Organisation for Ericsson in Ireland said: "We are very pleased to support and participate in this initiative. Ericsson has a growing need for highly qualified engineers in our R&D Operations in Ireland and candidates can look forward to a rewarding career in a high-technology environment with global reach."

The programme is supported by Skillnets Ltd. through its Training Networks Programme which is funded from the National Training Fund of the Department of Education and Skills. More information is available at:

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