Bachelor of Science (Honours) Software Development CW238

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW238
  • 30
  • 293
  • 4 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
  • Subjects
  • Enquiries

What is the Course about?

Software development is the creation and maintenance of software products. These products range from mobile phone apps to highly complex software control systems such as those found in self driving cars. In the broad sense, it includes everything from initial concept identification and design through to the final production of software. It can include identification of required software, analysis of software requirements, system design, programming, testing and maintenance.

This course equips students with the range of skills required to become competent software developers. Students follow our new ‘learning by doing’ model in first year with continuous assessment replacing final exams. Modules for the first three years include a broad range of subjects and an industry work placement. Year 4 concentrates on state-of-the-art, high-level software development topics such as: Secure App Development, Data Science, Distributed Systems and an extensive project.

Special Features:

  • Dedicated software development laboratory for 3rd and 4th year students sponsored by UNUM, providing a real-world working environment.
  • Work placements are offered as part of all undergraduate courses with leading national and international companies.
  • Institute of Technology Carlow’s final year industry showcase is attended by leading IT employers.
  • Active participation by students in national and international competitions. Institute of Technology Carlow Software Development students were recently awarded 2nd place in FIWARE ‘Smart Society’ competition in Seville, winning €40,000 in prize money for their ‘My people Care’ project.
  • Institute of Technology Carlow maintains an international perspective through widespread collaborations with international third level institution computing departments and has active research links with the Netherlands, France, China, Norway, Hungary and the UK.
  • Institute of Technology Carlow maintains close relations with leading industry players such as Intel and UNUM. The collaboration with Intel has resulted in its sponsorship of the Galileo development board and Quark chip at the institute and this leading edge technology is now central to several undergraduate and graduate research projects at Institute of Technology Carlow.
  • Exit Awards: Higher Certificate in Computing (NFQ 6) after Year 2 and a BSc in Software Development (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.
  • Exit Awards: Higher Certificate in Computing (NFQ 6) after Year 2 and a BSc in Software Development (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates have the option to progress to postgraduate studies at either Masters or Doctoral level within the gameCORE Research Centre at Institute of Technology Carlow or elsewhere. Graduates are also eligible to undertake the MSc in Data Science or the MSc in IT Management at Institute of Technology Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Ireland is a large global player in the software development and software engineering industry with significant employment opportunities for graduates at home and abroad. Graduates of this course are working with companies such as UNUM, IBM, Microsoft, HP, AOL, DoneDeal, Symantec and Intel.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Dr Joseph Kehoe
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD