Diploma in Software Engineering (Diploma in Software Engineering)

National University of Ireland, Galway (DSE2022)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, NUIG

General Information

Aisling Monahan




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Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development,
NUI Galway.


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About this Course

This fully online diploma provides a focused programme of study in the area of software design and development, providing an insight into technical skills and modern industry techniques. Computer programming and design are taught in the diploma, as well as a number of important software engineering methodologies.

This is an ideal course for students who wish to:
- Update their software development and ICT skills
- Study in a flexible, online environment
- Engage with an interesting and challenging curriculum
- Improve their employability by re-skilling in the area of software development
- Develop key professional skills of critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills


This course is ideal for those who wish to re-skill in the software development space. The student engages with an interesting and challenging curriculum, improving their employability and promotional opportunities while gaining a recognised qualification.
This is a conversion course, building knowledge from the basics to help a student to change careers.
The course is also ideal for those working in the area who would like to gain a recognised qualification.

Entry Requirements

An applicant is required to hold a level 7 qualification and an interest in the field of Software. 2-3 years of work experience is also beneficial although it is not a strict requirement.
An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent international qualification will be required, if applicable.

Springboard Funding Proof of Eligibility. Applicants must satisfy the HEA's requirements to be eligible for funding under the Springboard+ Initiative. The list of supporting documentation required is available at https://springboardcourses.ie/pdfs/ListAcceptableDocumentation.pdf

Long Description

This is a one-year part-time Diploma in Software Engineering which is fully delivered online. Students are never required to attend campus. Students are expected to spend approx. 17 hours per week on their studies and assignments but the student has control over the allocation of that time each week. Students work to their own schedule (although delivery-dates are specified for assignment-work and students are expected to adhere to delivery-dates). This autonomy helps the adult learner, many of whom have family and careers, to manage their time and succeed in their studies.
The Diploma in Software Engineering is targeted at those wishing to convert from another discipline into the dynamic and vibrant field of software engineering. The Diploma starts with the basics. A Level 7 qualification is required (except in the case of RPL), and from there the student incrementally builds up skills to become a proficient software engineer/developer.
This programme covers skills from Computer Architecture to Software Development in C and Java, along with further core skills such as Software Engineering and Object Oriented Programming. Optional modules cover topics from Artificial Intelligence to Cloud Computing.
The structure of the course has been reviewed by industry (e.g. CISCO and Avaya) to ensure that content matches current industry requirements for a graduate. The feedback from these reviews included making certain modules core and this feedback was adopted in order to strengthen the learning outcomes and the quality of graduate.
As the world's second largest exporter of software, Ireland is recognised internationally as a leading location for Software companies (IDA Ireland, 2021). Alston (2020) highlights the significant Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills-gap with approximately 12,000 positions available for 4,000 graduates. O'Dea reports on the shortage of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates stating that more than half of STEM companies in Ireland are having difficulty recruiting staff in IT and engineering (2021). The Diploma in Software Engineering has a proven track record of delivering high quality graduates, qualified to take up such positions.

Alston, F. (2020). New year, new career? [online] The Irish Times. Available at: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/work/new-year-new-career-1.4119197 [Accessed 9 March 2021].

IDA Ireland. (2020). Software Industry in Ireland | IDA Ireland. [online] Available at: https://www.idaireland.com/doing-business-here/industry-sectors/software

O'Dea, B. (2021) Minister warns of 'skills shortages' in key STEM industries, available: https://www.siliconrepublic.com/careers/minister-for-further-education-ireland-simon-harris-stem-skills-shortages.

Why Choose This Course

Provides a focused program of study in the area of Information Communications Technology (ICT) and the course design is driven by industry requirements. This is an ideal programme for those who wish to:
• Convert to a career in ICT (as the course is designed firstly as a conversion course)
• Remain in the ICT sector but gain a recognized qualification for existing ICT skills (as we see many students who have worked in the industry without formal Level 8 qualifications)
• Gain a recognized qualification in ICT
• Engage with an interesting and challenging curriculum
• Improve opportunities for employment by re-skilling in the area of ICT (while continuing in their current employment)
• Develop key professional skills of critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills

Fundamental computer programming skills in languages such as C and Java are taught as part of core content. Industry needs dictated that experience in more than one language was necessary. (Other programming language are available on elective modules.)

Core software development skills are covered on modules such as Software Engineering where the student learns the processes involved when working on an agile team. The student also learns the vital skills of requirements definition, risk analysis, design for quality and other software engineering methodologies.
In a survey of IT Online graduates in 2014, 82% of graduates were in employment.

Career Opportunities

The software industry includes businesses involved in the development, maintenance and publication of computer software, as well as software services such as training, documentation, and consulting. At the heart of this industry is the activity of actually building and producing computer software, which is the emphasis of this diploma. Opportunities for software developers are excellent within Ireland and internationally.

Students tend to progress to careers in software development/engineering such as:
- software programmer
- software designer
- software tester
- software analyst
- requirements analyst

Timetable Info

Online: The 2022-2023 timetable is available on our programme website link below.

Delivery Location

Online: This course is delivered online, providing a high degree of convenience and flexibility for students who wish to receive their course materials through our online learning platform and communicate with their classmates and their online facilitators through online discussion forums.

Delivery Notes

Online: The modules are delivered in 8-week cycles with students required to submit assignment work, for which they receive feedback and grades online, on a weekly basis. As part of our student-centred approach, a team provides support to the student in the background if and when required.

Application Procedures

Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited. Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received. Preferably supporting documents should be combined into one zip file and uploaded.

- Proof of Identity: a copy of your Birth Certificate, Passport or Drivers Licence.

- Transcript of Results: Official qualifications and third-level exam results for all years of study: required for all non-NUIG applicants and for NUIG graduates who did not receive their undergraduate degrees from NUI Galway.
(Graduates of NUI Galway must provide their Student ID number.)
- A certified English translation is required in the case of qualifications not issued originally in English.

- Personal statement: all applicants must enclose a personal statement of approximately 600 words, explaining why you wish to undertake the course, outlining how it fits into your career objectives unless indicated otherwise. Our Career Development Service has created a helpful booklet to help you write your Personal Statement; https://issuu.com/nuigcareers/docs/personal_statement_nuig

- A current Curriculum Vitae

* All applicants, whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated through the medium of the English language during their two most recent years of study, will be required to present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL (IBT): 92. For more information please see: http://www.nuigalway.ie/international-students/entry-requirements/

Diploma in Software Engineering (IT Online)

30 credit Diploma (Level 8 qualification)


Online Learning; Watch a video on how the Diploma in Software Engineering content is delivered online