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Computing (Advanced Software Development) / RĂ­omhaireacht (Ardfhorbairt BogearraĂ­)

DT228A F/T DT228B P/T


The MSc in Computing (Advanced Software Development) aims to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to develop the complex software solutions that organizations need to compete in the emerging global digital economy.

The target audience is those with an undergraduate qualification in computer science or software development. Students will study advanced technical modules in programming, design, databases, architecture and web development to acquire the advanced technical skills needed to practice as software developers working on leading edge development projects. In addition students will be equipped with key professional, technical communications skills needed to practice as a professional in the computing industry.

Entry Requirements:

The minimum admission requirements for entry to the MSc programme are a BSc (Honours) in Computer Science or a related discipline at level 2.1 or at level 2.2 with at least 2 years of relevant work experience. Applicants with other qualifications at Honours 2.1 level or better and relevant experience may also be considered.

Applicants must present a minimum IELTS English proficiency score of 6.5 overall with at least level 6.0 for each component.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on academic grades and any work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview.

Career Opportunities

Graduates completing the MSc will be qualified to take up strong technical roles in software development teams in a range of organisations.   Specific opportunities include: software developer, software engineer, test engineer, software designer, systems analyst, web developer, technical consultant.

Course Content

Specialist Core Modules   

                    Programming Paradigms: Principles & Practice

                    Software Design

                    Advanced Databases

                    Systems Architectures

                    Web Application Architectures

                    Secure Systems Development

Critical Skills Core Modules common to all MSc in Computing specialisms   

                      Research Writing & Scientific Literature

                      Research Methods and Proposal Writing                 

Option Modules

                       Geographic Information Systems

                       Universal Design

                       Programming for Big Data

                       Problem Solving, Communication and Innovation

                       Social Network Analysis

                       User Experience Design


                       Deep Learning

                       Speech & Audio Processing

Students can also take specialist core modules from the other MSc streams as option modules, subject to availability and schedules.

Details on the delivery structure and module descriptions are available here.


Students can choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate on completion of 30 ECTS or a Postgraduate Diploma on completion of 60 ECTS.

Students who wish to complete an MSc dissertation to achieve the MSc award will be eligible to do so on successful completion of all core modules and the achievement of an average grade of at least 50% over all core modules.

Who Should Apply?

Individuals with a qualification in computing or hands-on experience in software development who wish to extend their technical skills to participate in the design and development of complex software systems.

Timetable / Hours

For the full-time route, teaching hours will take place Monday to Friday. Attendance in the evening is required for some modules.   In general students complete 30 ECTS in Semester 1 (Sept-Jan), 30 in Semester 2 (Feb-May) and 30 in Semester 3 (Sept-Jan) for the dissertation.  For those who wish to complete in one calendar year, the dissertation can be taken over the summer months (June-Sept) with approval.     

For the part-time route, teaching will be in the evening with classes starting at 18.30.   Attendance on Saturdays is required for critical skills modules.  Part-time students can progress through the programme at their own pace.  The recommended pathway to complete the part-time programme in 2 years requires either attendance for two evenings with Saturdays per week or for three evenings per week in each semester.

Further Information

School of Computer Science
College of Sciences and Health
TU Dublin - City Campus, Kevin Street, Dublin 8
School Contact: Andrea Curley

T: 01 402 4950/2840

EU Fees *

*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change

For information on full time postgraduate fees please see link.

For information on part time postgraduate fee please see link.

For information on funding please see the following link: Fees and Funding

Non EU Fees click here