The Higher Diploma in Science (Software Development) is a one-year programme for graduates with degrees in ANY subject giving them a practical introduction to software development including programming, software design and testing, team project work. It is designed to give students practical skills for use in the software industry as programmers, software designers and testers and to bring students to the standard for industrial accreditation as programmers.
Springboard plus is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union
Applicants for the Higher Diploma in Science (Software Development) are required to hold a degree in non-computing disciplines (level 7 or level 8 degree in any non-computing subject). Applicants with some computing background are advised to apply for the Higher Diploma in Science MHG58 Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements:
IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth Unversitys TOEFL code is 8850.
Applicants also have the opportunity to apply through Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning.
Please visit https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/records/student-registration for further information
Teaching and learning will be through lectures, practical lab sessions, and directed reading as required for the different subjects. Module delivery is not just a scheduled series of topics, but rather balanced to meet the needs and progression rates of the students. The course places a balance between learning the fundamentals of the subject, and applying them in practice.
Assessment is handled in a similar manner, with most modules having a combination of practical assessment during the delivery of the module, and an examination at the end of the semester. Typically module material is also made available through eLearning tools (primarily Moodle) allowing students to revise at their own pace. Additional tutorials are used, where required, to assist students who may have problems with particular aspects of a module.
Online application only
There are two online application routes for this programme:
- via Springboard: To check your eligibility for free or significantly reduced fees via Springboard entry, please visit
- via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC): http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
PAC Code -
The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.
Please only apply via one entry route, Springboard or PAC.