BSc (Hons) in Software Development

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 307*
  • Course Code SG252
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 4

Course Summary

The software industry is strong, providing specialist employment, with Ireland an important centre for localisation. The majority of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Ireland is from the US, amounting to over 600 companies employing 100,000 people.

The Irish technology sector remains buoyant with Google, Facebook, Microsoft and eBay all having a major presence here. At IT Sligo our objective is to equip our graduates with the skills to seek employment in this level of business. We constantly re-assess course content to keep apace of emerging platforms and industry trends.This programme takes into account the specific requirements of the global software industry and what it expects from graduates

Some of the subject areas you will cover include Programming, Design Thinking, Web Design, Games Programming, Internet of Things, Database Development, Software Engineering, Project Management, Security, Testing and Mobile Development.

The programme focus is on the design and development of software to prepare you for the workplace. There are several distinct features:

  • common first year - many are unsure of computing. While we have an array of programmes, we recognise that you may wish to ‘sample and see’ so we encourage students to look their choice afresh at end of Year 1
  • significant practical elements - we believe you learn best by doing and our programme is built upon hands on lab work where you create software solutions.
  • equipment - we have invested heavily in equipment, computer labs and workspaces to ensure you have the best tools to learn and prepare you for the workplace.
  • project - substantial projects enable you to really grapple with a problem and create a killer solution. In Year 3 you’ll have the space and support to work in a team year-long towards a solution that will wow employers.
  • work placement - IT Sligo has been doing placement longer than most and we’re good at it. Our network of employers welcome this programme and a successful work placement is often the door to a full-time job.

So, choose this programme if:

  • you want a career in the ever changing world of technology
  • you want amazing career opportunities
  • you are interested in solving problems and inventing solution.

Ireland and the ICT Sector

Over 105,000 people are employed in the technology sector in Ireland, with approximately 70% of those employed by FDI companies.
ICT Exports are worth €72 billion per annum (40% of total national exports).
4 of the top 5 exporters in Ireland are technology companies
Nine of the world’s top 10 ICT companies are located in Ireland and the IDA supports over 200 FDI firms in this sector.

The sector’s traditional players with long-established operations – such as Intel, HP, IBM, Microsoft and Apple, have been joined by newer firms leading the way in the internet and social media revolution, including Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Amazon, PayPal, eBay and Twitter. Their arrival has firmly positioned Ireland as the internet capital of Europe.

Ireland is the also the European data centre location of choice for world leaders including IBM, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, MSN and Adobe and is poised to become a global cloud centre of excellence.

Ireland’s reputation as a centre of Software excellence is unrivalled in Europe. It is home to over 900 Software companies, including both multinational and indigenous firms, employing 24,000 people and generating €16 billion of exports annually. The sector’s wide-ranging activities include Software Development, R&D, Business Services and EMEA/International headquarters.

Entry Requirements

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Career Opportunities

The software industry is exceptionally strong in Ireland, providing a significant number of employment opportunities in a wide variety of organisation. The opportunities are with both indigenous Irish companies and large multinational organisations and not only in what you would call “tech” companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook. All sectors require software professionals and there are many opportunities in traditional sectors such as finance, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, health and service industries.

The outlook is positive. Morgan McKinley report demand for software developers shows “no sign of slowing down”. It continues: “Over the past 12 months salaries have increased across the majority of areas particularly in the development space.”

There are many progression routes into the software industry. Future career paths could include software testing, software engineer, web developer, application developer, mobile app developer, games developer, systems analyst, project manager.

Further Study

Students are well positioned to progress to Master's study. Options include the MSc in Computing and MEng in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

MSc in Computing (Data Science)

MEng in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles


Hear what some of our graduates have to say about Computing at IT Sligo.

Did you know?

This degree was the first programme to teach Microsoft .NET technologies.

IT Sligo are the only third-level Institute in Ireland to have won the Microsoft World Imagine Cup in 2011, when we came first from over 350,000 global registrants.

The lecturers on the programme are experienced programmers and designers and in many cases are or have been practitioners in the software industry.

Students will undertake a work placement in third year. This provides an introduction to the workplace and students then return to fourth year where they consolidate their newly developed skills. In fact, over 70% of our students gain employment directly from their work placement!

All our Computing degrees have a common first year.

Students study a wide range of computing modules to give them an understanding of all aspects of computing and the flexibility to change direction in year two if desired. Students can choose from Computing, Networks and Cloud Infrastructure, Software Development, Games Development, Smart Technologies or App Design and User Experience.