Software Development [2 Years Part-time]

Limerick Institute of Technology (LC_KSFTD_LMY)
Key Programme Details

Higher Diploma in Software Development

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Department of Information Technology

Skills Area

Information and communication (including ICT)

General Information

Paul Vesey





Flexible Learning Department
Limerick Institute of Technology
Moylish Park
Limerick V94 EC5T


Head of Department of Information Technology

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

This postgraduate programme offers rewarding and challenging possibilities for learners interested in undertaking a conversion programme in the area of Software Development, and its application in an enterprise environment.


The aim of this programme is to provide non–computing graduates with an opportunity to develop the knowledge base, professional attitudes, and leadership and teamwork skills necessary to pursue a career as a software engineer. The course also aims to provide the student with the opportunity to engage in independent research in state of the art software engineering and technology.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the minimum entry requirement of a Level 8 degree, or equivalent, in a non-cognate (i.e. non-IT) area. Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPL) will be granted based on relevant experience and training in accordance with LIT's RPL policy

Long Description

This programme is designed to address the ICT skills demand for Computer Software Engineers. Software has become an essential component of both modern business and society and as such provides limitless opportunities for graduates with software development skills and knowledge. This programme provides breadth of knowledge and depth of technical skills required to meet both the current and future needs of the IT industry. The programme focus is on Software Engineering and Software Development techniques, applying state of the art methodologies and technology. The breadth of the programme enhances the learners ability to fit rapidly into different workplace cultures, diverse computing environments and to adapt to change.

The pace of delivery and intensity of the programme demand strong commitment and dedication. Learners will engage in active learning, with an emphasis on practical work. The following modules will be covered:

Programming Data
Driven Applications
Software Engineering
Computer Systems & Operating Systems
Web Development
Enterprise Application Development
Software Product Development
Algorithms & Data Structures
Work Placement (Summer-Time)

Career Opportunities

The H.Dip programme is aimed at producing skilled software developers – the main technologies and skillset in this course include: • Software Engineering (Object Oriented Analysis and Design, CASE) • Core Computing (Operating Systems, Architecture, Networking) • Database Management Systems Platform – (MySQL/SQL Server) •
Database Management systems tools – (MySQL Workbench,MySQL Administrator, PHPMyAdmin,SSMS) • Coding
Languages (Java,PHP,C++,Javascript, AJAX, HTML, CSS) • APIs/Libraries (JAVA.*,MySQLi, PDO, ODBC, XML, JSON) •
Tools/IDEs (CASE,Netbeans,Eclipse, Dreamweaver) • Web/stack (HTML,CSS,XAMPP,APACHE) • Transferrable skills
(Project Teamwork, Interviews, CV Preparation, Project Presentations, Work Experience)

Job titles held by last year’s graduates include: • Support Engineer • Lead Software Developer • Junior JD Edwards
Architect • Strategic Developer / Senior Java and JavaScript Developer • Associate Web Developer • Web Applications
Developer • IT Project Manager • Software Developer • IT System administrator • Test Publisher • Customer Support •
Equipment Support Technician • Media and Software Development

Timetable Info

This programme will be run over 2 Years. There will be between 12 to 14 contact hours per week, during day-time hours (i.e. between the hours of 9am & 6pm).

Year 1 classes will take place on Tuesdays (full-day) and Wednesdays (half-day)
Year 2 classes will take place on Thursdays (full-day) and students will be expected to be available for one additional hour during the week for project supervision. This may take place via Skype or similar.

There will be additional tutorial groups and self-study.

This is an intense programme and students should expect to be on campus for most of the week, Monday through Friday inclusive.

Delivery Location

LIT Moylish Park Campus, Limerick

Delivery Notes

All classes, Practical Lab sessions and tutorials will take place on campus at the LIT Moylish Campus in Limerick.

Classes will run each year from September 2018 to May 2019 and September 2019 to May 2020, with a Work Placement during the Summer Months of 2020. This may be waived if the student can demonstrate that their current employment satisfies the requirements of the work placement element of the programme.

Admissions Contact Details

Flexible Learning


Flexible Learning Department
Limerick Institute of Technology
Moylish Park
Limerick V94 EC5T


061 293802


Application Procedures

All applicants must apply at the online portal or application management system for Springboard -

Applications will be downloaded by the Flexible Learning Team at LIT and will be forwarded to the Academic Course Leader to be assessed. Once an application is assessed and a decision has been reached, the applicant will be informed of the decision via the portal. Please note that all correspondence relating to an application will happen via the Springboard Portal.

Successful applicants will be given a deadline for which they must accept the offer of a place on the programme.