Program Overview

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.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee



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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    

  • Research Methods
  • Programming 1
  • Software Engineering Development Paradigms
  • Language Engineering & Translation Technology
  • Best Practice Software Internationalisation

Spring Semester

  • Programming 11
  • Introduction to Web Development
  • Software Engineering Requirements
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Quantitative Research Methods

Year 2

Autumn Semester

  • Software Design
  • Software Testing and Inspection
  • Database Systems
  • Dissertation Part 1 

Spring Semester

  • Mobile Applications Development
  • Translation Technology Systems
  • 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.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status

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.


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