Higher Diploma in Science (Software Development) atMaynooth University Department of Computer Science


12 months (Full Time)

Course Level

PG Diploma

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  • The Higher Diploma in Science (Software Development) is a one-year program for graduates with degrees in ANY subject giving them a practical introduction to software development including programming, software design, and testing, team project work
  • It is designed to give students practical skills for use in the software industry as programmers, software designers, and testers and to bring students to the standard for industrial accreditation as programmers
  • Teaching and learning will be through lectures, practical lab sessions, and directed reading as required for the different subjects
  • Module delivery is not just a scheduled series of topics but rather balanced to meet the needs and progression rates of the students
  • The course places a balance between learning the fundamentals of the subject and applying them in practice


  • University Rankings
    • #751-800

      - QS 2022

    • #501-600

      - THE (Times Higher Education) 2022

    • #1198

      - US News & World Report 2022

Fees & Expenses
1st year tuition fees
Fees componentsAmount
Tuition & feesINR 13,14,300
Other expenses in 1st Year
Fees componentsAmount
Hostel & MealsINR 3,85,528
InsuranceINR 11,829
TransportationINR 27,600
Books & MaterialINR 23,657
TotalINR 4,48,614

Calculated at the exchange rate of 1 Euro = INR 87.62


Tuition & expenses were last updated on 30ᵗʰ December 2022

Entry Requirements

QualificationEntry Criteria

No specific cutoff mentioned


No specific cutoff mentioned

  • Applicants for the Higher Diploma in Science (Software Development) are required to hold a degree in non-computing disciplines (level 7 or level 8 degree in any non-computing subject)
  • Applicants must have a recognized primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level


Marks - 95/120


Marks - 62/90


Marks - 6.5/9

  • With a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing 

Other eligibility criteria
Applicants with some computing background are advised to apply for the Higher Diploma in Science (computer science) Applicants also have the opportunity to apply through Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning Note: Currently the university is accepting the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency for the 2021 intake Please contact international.admissions@mu.ie for any further information
Conditional Offer

Not mentioned

Application Process

Step 1: Prepare documents for application

  • Two academic references are required
    • Students may be required to submit two written academic references. If they have graduated some years ago and are unable to get an academic reference, a professional reference may suffice

Step 2: Additional documents required

Step 3: Start your online application

Step 4: Application fees for this course

Scholarship information is not available. You can apply to non-college specific scholarships available for Ireland.

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