MSc Software Engineering and Database Technologies

Start date: 04 September 2023

Duration: 2 Years Part-TIme

Location: University Galway

Certificate: NFQ Level 9

Cost: Members €2,931 pa Non-Members €3,885 pa

Programme overview

The aim of this course is to develop your career with an innovative MSc in Software Engineering and Database Technologies. This tailor-made course will advance your knowledge of software development and database systems.

This wholly online course is particularly suited to people who are working or who have other daytime commitments.

The course is part-time and runs over two years. You will study one online module every eight weeks and, in addition, you will research and write a thesis during your second year. The course content is extensive and varied, and includes both mandatory and optional modules. These include:

Course Outline

Software Modules:

  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems [CORE]
  • Fundamentals of Programming [CORE]
  • Software Engineering [CORE]
  • Object Oriented Programming [CORE]
  • Object Oriented Design
  • Distributed Systems and the Cloud
  • Artificial Intelligence

Database Modules:

  • Introduction to Information Retrieval

  • Introduction to Relational Databases

  • Fundamentals of Databases

  • Data Mining


In second year, you will complete a thesis under an approved thesis advisor in the University of Galway IT Department.

To support work on the thesis, you must complete 2 modules CT6110 Thesis Fundamentals [5 ECTS] and CT626 Thesis [30 ECTS].

Why chose this course

Information Technology, in general, and software/database design and development, in particular, are one of the success stories in the Irish economy. This course will equip you to participate in this vibrant, international industry. Since IT is crucial in every sector, many of our graduates also have used the course for career advancement and progression within their current employment field.

Training Provider Profile


University of Galway has grown massively in size and reputation over the past 175 years, with a student population today of over 18,000.  According to QS World University Rankings, they are ranked 259 in the world and have been increasing their global reach and reputation over the past decade.

MSc Software Engineering and Database Technologies