Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHG50

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 August 2024

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The emphasis of the MSc in Computer Science (Software Engineering) is on the principles of good scientific software engineering practice, grounded in a hands-on understanding of the applicability of these practices, so that successful participants will be able to design and lead major software engineering projects.

Topics include requirements engineering, system design, testing strategies, software development and augmented software development, with an overall emphasis on the development of reliable software systems. The course is designed to give participants a strong foundation in advanced computer science topics ensuring longevity of their skills and their ability to adapt in a rapidly evolving field.

The following criteria must be fulfilled by students applying for the MSc in Computer Science (Software Engineering):

- An honours degree in Computer Science or a closely related discipline, containing significant Computer Science content. An average grade of at least 60% (equivalent to a II.1 from an Irish NFQ Level 8 degree course) or above. Applicants with less Computer Science experience should consider MHG68 instead. Applications from students graduating from MHG70:Higher Diploma in Science (Software Development) with a first class honours are encouraged. 

Minimum English language requirements:

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants..

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Information regarding visas etc. may be obtained from the International Office at Maynooth University

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Department of Computer Science

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Department of Computer Science

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Each module is delivered as a series of intensive lectures. Each module also has associated practical work.

Participants submit a dissertation based on a Software Engineering topic. 

Course Duration: 1 Year Full Time

Students graduating from the MSc in Software Engineering are well-regarded in the software industry. Most graduates end up employed either locally in Ireland’s thriving software industry or internationally. Additionally, some students opt to continue in higher education by pursuing a PhD in Computer Science.

Online application only

PAC Code
MHG50 Full-time

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

·         Certified copies of official transcripts of results for all qualifications listed in your application

·         Transcripts of results in languages other than English should be accompanied by a translation into English PLUS a copy of the original certificate indicating the award

·         Two letters of recommendation (at least one from the institution you have graduated/will graduate from)

·         Your CV (we recommend that you use the European Format: see for details)

·         A copy of your Birth Certificate or valid Passport

·         For non-native speakers of the English language, certificates of competency in the English Language (IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE)

Information on fees and funding is available at

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