Software Development (Higher Diploma) [September 2017]

University of Limerick (17HDSDEV)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime


1 Year Full Time

ECTS Credits



0613 Software and applications development and analysis

Skills Area

Information/Communications Technology

General Information

Nikola Nikolov



061 233 284


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About this Course

The Higher Diploma in Software Development is a conversion programme for non-ICT graduates wishing to enter the sector. The course will provide participants with fundamental theoretical and practical skills, abilities and knowledge to gain a comprehensive intermediate understanding of software development.

Job readiness and support into employment will be provided through a series of workshops and seminars and an active engagement with motivated students to place them in a company for an industry learning experience. To date 60% of graduates have gained employment within 6 months.

On successful completion of this programme, graduates will have the skills, knowledge and abilities to :
- develop stand-alone applications (primarily in Java),
- develop web-based application (primarily using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, AJAX, ASP.NET, C# and MS-SQL Server), and
- develop mobile applications (primarily using Android Studio)to the level one would expect after a programme of this
- apply traditional and object-oriented systems analysis and design techniques
- design databases, use SQL to query tables and write stored procedures
- create/design and execute test cases

The programme has been designed in consultation with a number of national and international IT businesses and enterprises that are based in Ireland to ensure that it meets the skills needs of industry.

The industrial partners will support the programme via:
- Facilitating work placement of graduates (Industry Learning Experience)
- Providing overview of career and employment opportunities at start of programme, as well as employability workshops
during the course of study. (Job Readiness Programme)
- Recommending industry-oriented projects and guest seminars.

An industry learning experience (work placement) will form a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various concepts in the portfolio of the participant.

Entry Requirements

Level 8 qualification in any discipline other than computing is the key requirement.Preference will be given to candidates with a second-class honours degree or higher.

Education qualifications, work experience, motivation and overall potential to be successful on the programme are considered in evaluating an application.

Applicants may be required to undertake an interview and satisfy the course admission team that they have the ability to complete and benefit from this course.

Applicants are required to meet the University of Limerick English Language requirements.

The University of Limerick policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning will apply to applications for this programme.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Long Description


Autumn Semester:

CS4181 Fundamentals of Computer Organisation
CS5051 Programming A
CS4171 Introduction to Model Driven Development
CS5061 ICT Employability Skills Workshop
CS5121 Development of Information Systems 1

Spring Semester:
CS4056 Mobile Application Design
CS5052 Programming B
CS4416 Database Systems
CS4065 Web Infrastructure
CS4004 Software Testing and Inspection

Timetable Info

11-17 hours per week

Timetable details to be confirmed

Delivery Location

Campus/Classroom University of Limerick

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details

Carmel O'Dwyer


Continuing & Professional Education,
University of Limerick,
Limerick, Ireland




Application Procedures

Stage 01: Apply on Springboard Courses to register your interest in taking this course at the University of Limerick.

Stage 02: Start the University of Limerick on-line application process and save it until you have all documentation ready.
UL Online Application System for Higher Diploma - Software Development
(If you are prompted on the UL online application form to pay an application fee of €25, please select the “Pay by Cheque” option to waive this fee. Springboard applicants are exempt from fees.)

Stage 03: Gather the required documentation to support your application as detailed below. Support Documents required with your application:
§ Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts/college results. Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number. We can access their student transcripts using this number.
§ Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
§ Digital quality head and shoulders photograph to passport standards for your ID card.
§ Any other relevant documentation to support your application, such as a CV or professional certificates.
§ Applicants who do not have English as their first language must include the following additional documents with their application form:
•English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
•English language competency certificate
Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to have a high level of competence in English

These are compulsory documents and are required for enrolment at the University. It can take time to gather these documents so please do so prior to submitting your application.

Stage 04: Upload your documents and submit your application to the University of Limerick On-line Application System. Please note, your application will not be processed until all documentation is received.

Stage 05: The University of Limerick On-line Application System will make you an offer if you are successful.

Stage 06: Accept the University of Limerick On-line Application System Offer.

Stage 07: The Springboard Application System will offer you a place which you should accept to avail of free fees. If you do not you will be liable for fees of €6,500.

In order to avail of free fees you must provide written confirmation from your local Department of Social Welfare (DSP) office that you were in receipt of a Social Welfare payment at the time of application for this course.
*If you are not in receipt of a Social Welfare payment and you are in employment, you do not need to provide this letter.