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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.



Brief Description

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

(RPL) policy. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University.

All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider.

Employed participants will be required to make a 10% course contribution of €750 directly to the University of Limerick.

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.