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Department of Computer Science
Joseph DuffinEmail Phone
01 474 7549
Department of Computer Science, Eolas Building, North Campus, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
***Extended Application Deadline until Monday 31st August***
The Higher Diploma in Science (Software Development) is a one-year full-time programme in Maynooth for students who already have a level 8 qualification in a subject other than computer science or software development. The focus is on industrial software development using the Java programming language and this course prepares students for direct entry into careers in the software industry and careers that require a high level of software skills in combination with their previous degree level study and work experience.
The majority of graduates from this course find work in software related industries or continue in further education in this area. Students from last year's class (2018/2019) have been employed in the companies listed below and a number of students from this year's class (2019/2020) have already secured employment even before their final results have come out!
Examples of Job roles (Companies) held by graduates of the Higher Diploma in Software Development at MU
Software Developer (Verizon, Bonafi, Liberty IT, Data Mars Agri, Kn Group, WorkDay, World Travel Centre)
Software Engineer (SAP, Ericsson, Aer Lingus, Fineos, Cora Systems, DXC Technology, INIT Group, Zendesk, AudioSourceRe)
Software Test Engineer (Fineos, JRI America Inc)
Consultant Software Analyst (Accenture)
Applications Development Analyst (Accenture)
Web Applications Developer (Self Employed, North One)
Database Administrator (Life sciences)
Information Technology Technical Support Engineer (Expleo group, Sentenial)
Technology Technical Support (Neato Robotics)
Technology Analyst (Bearing Point, Rockall Technologies)
Operations Analyst (Pramerica)
Customer Support Engineer (Intercom)
To facilitate those from non-computing backgrounds to learn the essential skills of the computer science domain.
To have an exposure to a range of technologies that make up our world today.
To learn how to work in teams for tackling complex computing projects.
An NFQ level 8 or equivalent qualification in any subject (except computer science or software engineering).
Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements are either a IELTS (minimum overall score of 6.5), a TOEFL (Paper-based with minimum of 585 or Internet-based with minimum of 95), or a PTE (Pearson) (minimum of 62).
Students may also enter through the Maynooth University RPEL/NSE (Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning / Non-standard entry) route.
Please read the registry form R8 at the following link https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/registry/registry-forms
The Higher Diploma in Science (Software Development) is a one-year full-time programme in Maynooth for students who already have a level 8 qualification in a subject other than computer science or software development. The focus is on industrial software development using the Java programming language.
The course has foundation material that includes databases, object-oriented programming, software design, software testing, mobile application and web development. The course also has a team project module that provides essential preparation for working in a software development environment. Team-based project assignments also form part of the assessments of both the Mobile Application Development module and the Web Information Systems module. A capstone module prepares students for Oracle Java Certification exams (1Z0-803 Java 7). A work placement preparation module in semester II provides experience in putting the skills learned into practice, and prepares you for applying for jobs. In this module students get to hear speakers from industry, IT recruiters, industrial placement experts, and Higher Diploma alumni/a who are successfully working in the ICT industry since graduation. Furthermore, they are encouraged to apply for short internships and permanent ICT positions that are offered by companies and organisation that come to visit the campus.
An optional blended learning module in User Interface (UI) and User eXperience (UX) design will also be available to students should they wish to discover more about this topic (CS280: Lectures for this module are provided using video over the internet; the practical labs are provided face to face in a lab with demonstrators).
The Higher Diploma in Science (Software Development) is a one-year full-time programme for students who already have a level 8 qualification in a subject other than computer science or software development. It assumes no previous knowledge of computing. It includes technical software skills, a team project and work placement. It also includes preparation for industrial certification exams in Java programming.
In partnership with the Placement Office and Careers Development Centre on campus, the programme includes preparation for placement including CV writing, interview skills, team project work, project management and evaluation. In addition, industrial certification examinations are built in to the programme.
The majority of graduates who completed this course last year are either in full time employment or have continued their studies at Masters level in this field of study.
Students of the Higher Diploma in Software Development have found full time employment in the following ICT roles:
Software Test Engineer
Mobile Applications Developer
Consultant Software Analyst
Applications Development Analyst
Web Applications Developer
Information Technology Technical Support Engineer
This is a full-time course, averaging 24 contact hours per week. Lectures and laboratory classes occur between 9am and 6pm, Mon - Fri.
This course cannot be taken by some one who is at the same time working in full time or extensive part time employment.
Primarily on campus at Maynooth University but this course will have extended online elements due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
This is a full time course, students are required to attend lectures and associated instructional laboratories and students must be available Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, to participate in all aspects of this course.
Department of Computer Science
Applicants also have the opportunity to apply through Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning. Please visit https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/graduate-studies/recognising-professional-experience for further information and to download the RPEL form for inclusion in your application.
To complete your online application, you must upload a copy of the parchment and/or transcript of your degree, if this was taken at a university other than the National University of Ireland Maynooth (Maynooth University). These must show the grade achieved and the date of conferral.
Applicants looking to apply via RPEL can indicate this in their application, and should upload a completed RPEL form with their application submission. You do not need to include a PAC Number in this form.
Other documentation that should be included with your application:
- Proof of applicant category, e.g proof of employment, proof of DEASP payment, etc.
- Proof of nationality (unless in receipt of a DEASP payment)
- Evidence that you have been resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for three of the last five years (unless in receipt of a DEASP payment)
Applicants must be available to start the course on 7th September 2020. This course begins with a compulsory Java programming module, which provides the foundational programming skills for over 50% of the overall course.