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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 broader 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.

Course Structure

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.

Is this course for you?

Always on the cutting edge and working with the new ideas and technology, software developers enjoy working in diverse teams and solving novel problems with practical solutions. If you have an open, logical and inquiring mind then software development may be the profession for you.

Special Features:

  • Dedicated software development laboratory for 3rd year students sponsored by UNUM.
  • Active participation by students in national and international competitions. SETU 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.
  • SETU Carlow maintains widespread collaborations with international third-level institution computing departments and has active research links with the Netherlands, France, China, Norway, Hungary and the UK.
  • The computing department continues to collaborate with may industry leaders in computing. For example Intel sponsored the use of the Galileo development board and Quark chip at the Institute and this leading edge technology was incorporated into several undergraduate and graduate research projects at SETU Carlow.
  • Exit Awards: Higher Certificate in Computing (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 5O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates will also be eligible to proceed to the BSc (Honours) in Software Development.

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, Google, IBM, Microsoft, HP, AOL, DoneDeal, Symantec and Intel.


Course Leader

Dr Christophe Meudec

Lecturer in Computing -

Call: +353599175564

Email: [email protected]