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DevOps and Continuous Software Engineering - Graduate Diploma

Course Details


Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Award: Graduate Diploma

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Application Deadline: Sunday, August 1, 2021


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Brief Description

Next intake: September 2022 - Register your interest to be notified when applicaitons open.

This Graduate Diploma in DevOps and Continous Software Engineering at University of Limerick allows participants to develop specialised knowledge and skills in this growth area. They will benefit from a programme that is distinctive in its relevance to industry and business. They will be provided with an opportunity to gain up-to-date knowledge and skills in DevOps and Software Engineering including machine learning with input from industry, both in terms of content and opportunity to apply learning in real-life contexts.

The main areas of study are focused on modern approaches for highly productive software development and operations, in realistic project scenarios, in an industrial context, and at-scale.


The main areas of study are focused on modern approaches for highly productive software development and operations, in realistic project scenarios, in an industrial context, and at-scale. This includes for instance:

  • Translating business/user objectives into system requirements and models, dealing with constant change in those
  • Modern approaches for testing and quality assurance, test-driven development
  • Ensuring non-functional requirements (e.g., performance, availability, reliability, security, privacy)
  • Software development paradigms and practices, Agile approaches
  • Software development at-scale, with high-frequency updates o CI/CD, Pipelines, Strategies
  • Containerisation
  • Infrastructures and platforms for large-scale software systems
  • Integration of software development with infrastructure and operations, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE).

This is complemented with areas of study towards data-driven applications that are highly sought after in application domains for such software systems and a data-driven economy in general:

  • Data Analytics, Data Mining
  • Big Data, Data Management and Security

CS6081: Research Methods and Practice: Introduction to the nature of research and reasons for research investigations
CS5721: Software Design: Equips students with knowledge and skills to design quality object-orientated software
CS5741: Concurrency & Parallelism in SW Development: Theoretical grounding in parallel and concurrent programming skills
CS5702: Software Engineering Requirements: Critical analysis of inherent challenges and barriers that exist at system and software boundaries
CS4457: Project Management and Practice: Examines the processes by which computer-based information systems are managed and needs integrated
CS5703: Software Quality: Focus on the importance of quality in a software context
CS5705: Human Computer Interaction: User-centred approach to design, exploring advantages and challenges of HCI
CS5722: Software Architecture: Explores practices and latest state-of-the-art software architecture
CS5061: ICT Employability Skills Workshop: Workshops focussing on the personal and professional skills essential for success in ICT employment (this module is subject to change)
NEW MODULE: Agile Software Development: Agile Software Development and related Software Development Paradigms
NEW MODULE: Continuous Software Engineering: Continuous Software Engineering, Continuous Integration and Deployment

Level 8 honours primary degree, at minimum second class honours, in a relevant engineering/computing/mathematics or technology discipline.
Applicants should have relevant programming experience in C or C++ or related languages.
Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but who have significant relevant experience in the technology sector (minimum 5 years) and are encouraged to apply under the University Recognition of Prior Learning

Required Documents for UL application:

Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.

- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)

- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.

- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE)  or project work (applies to some courses only). 

- Proof of Status, e.g. unemployed, employed, self employed, returners. Acceptable documents for proof of status can be found here

- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:

  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

    For more information Click Here


The fee for this programme is €7500

Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria under Springboard+ can qualify for 90% or 100% funding subject to the availability of places.

Employed and Recent Graduates

All employed and recent graduates from 2020 or 2021 with a minimum level 8 in relevant area must pay a 10% contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses.

Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also.

Unemployed and Returner participants

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants

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Please note that Fees are subject to review


For information on funding and scholarships please click here.

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