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Software Development: International Systems, MSc

Course Details

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 2 Years

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught

Application Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2016

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr. Jim Buckley
Email:
jim.buckley@ul.ie
Tel:
+353-61-213531
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Brief Description

This course provides students with the knowledge, skills and expertise required to develop software systems for deployment in different international and cultural locales. It is aimed at students who hold a primary degree in another discipline and builds on key transferable outcomes that they bring from that degree: outcomes like self-learning, communication and critical thinking.

This course provides students with the knowledge, skills and expertise required to develop software systems for deployment in different international and cultural locales. It is aimed at students who hold a primary degree in another discipline and builds on key transferable outcomes that they bring from that degree: outcomes like self-learning, communication and critical thinking.

It will provide students with the opportunity to gain state-of-the-art knowledge in a wide range of software development activities like requirements analysis, software design, implementation and testing. It will couple this with specialist knowledge in the field of customizing systems for different (international and cultural) markets, through the inclusion of modules on language engineering and translation technology. As such, it serves the continuous demand that exists for software development graduates, both nationally and internationally.

The course is offered over 2 academic years (Autumn and Spring semesters) and requires full time attendance on campus. It consists of a taught element over the 2 years and a dissertation that runs concurrent with the taught element in year 2. The total credit weighting of the course is 120 ECTS credits

Year 1
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
  • Research Methods
  • Programming 1
  • Software Engineering Development Paradigms
  • Language Engineering & Translation Technology
  • Best Practice Software Internationalisation
  • Programming 11
  • Introduction to Web Development
  • Software Engineering Requirements
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Quantitative Research Methods
Year 2
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
  • Software Design
  • Translation Technology Systems
  • Database Systems
  • Dissertation Part 1 
  • Mobile Applications Development
  • Software Quality
  • Dissertation Part 2 

Applicants for a Master’s programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in any discipline where knowledge from that degree could be usefully complemented by the state-of-the-art, software development/engineering expertise that this course offers.  Example disciplines include, but are not limited to, Linguistics, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Business, Health and Medicine.  Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

WHAT TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR APPLICATION:

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable
  • English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
  • A copy of your birth certificate/passport

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Graduates from this programme will be able to develop software systems, customized for individual locales. They will also be capable of researching new trends and approaches in software development and software internationalisation autonomously, and thus contribute to the ongoing expansion of Ireland’s software development/software localisation sectors. Illustrative careers include:

Junior Software Developer;
Requirements Engineer;
Database Developer;
Software Tester;
Front-end Developer;
Localisation Engineer;
Translation Technology Consultant;
Internationalisation Consultant;
Technical Product Owner.