HDip Software Design and Development

NUI Galway

Course Overview

Higher Diploma in Software Design and Development: This programme is aimed at candidates with little or no IT experience.

It provides an academic foundation and broad technical training in software design and development. The skills developed in this programme include the core software development tools and techniques as well as a solid grounding in a specific ICT (information and communications technology) domain. Students may transfer to the MSc in Software Design and Development (1MF1) subject to places being available, an interview and achievement of a minimum 2.1 result in the Higher Diploma.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?


What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places


Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 20,750

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • The software industry includes businesses involved in the development, maintenance and publication of computer software, as well as software services such as training, documentation, and consulting.
  • This is an ideal course for students who wish to: Update their software development and ICT skills, Study in a flexible, on-line environment.
  • At the heart of this industry is the activity of actually building and producing computer software, which is the emphasis of this diploma.
  • Opportunities for software developers are excellent within Ireland and internationally.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

This programme is open to applicants who have a Level 8, 2.2 degree (or equivalent international qualification) from a recognized university or third-level college, and an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent international qualification).

English Requirements

Science/Engineering (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects

Opportunities exist in various industries, ranging from web design, gaming and banking to telecommunications, health and the energy sector. Companies/organisations that have recruited graduates recently include Cisco, Galway; HP, Galway; and DCM Compliance, Limerick.