Software Development (Higher Certificate) Part-time

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Computing,Computer Science

  • Type of Course:

    Higher Certificate

  • Type of Qualification:

    Higher Certificate

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    19th September 2022

Course Summary

The programme provides students with the relevant skills and knowledge in the area of modern software development focusing on languages, techniques, tools and methodologies needed to pursue a career as a software or computer technician.

Admission Requirements:

Non-Standard Applicants: Mature Students, FETAC (now QQI) Level 5, are particularly welcome.

Standard Applicants: Leaving Certificate grade D3 at Ordinary or Higher Level in 5 subjects including Mathematics, and either English or Irish.


Computer Science

All part-time programmes at MTU Cork Campus will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2021-2022 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.


Course Fee
€250 per module 


Higher Certificate in Software Development (Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications).



Graduates of the Higher Certificate may progress to stage three of the Bachelor of in Software Development programme which is also offered part-time by night BSc in Software Development


Please click on the 'Modules Tab' above for detailed module information.


The Higher Certificate in Software Development is a part-time level 6 programme designed to provide students with the an introduction to computer science in stage one with modules in Programming Fundamentals, Web Development Fundamentals, Computer Architecture, Computer Security Principles, Mathematics for Computer Science, Modular Programming, Introduction to Databases, Operating Systems in Practice, Networking Fundamentals, Discrete Mathematics and Physical Computing.

The second stage of the Higher Certificate programme builds on the stage one foundation and has a deeper focus on software development with modules in Object-Oriented Programming, Requirements Engineering, Data Structures & Algorithms, OO Analysis & Design, Database Design, NoSQL Data Architectures, and many more.


Career Opportunities

Potential areas of employment include working as a Software Developer, Software Tester, Software Support Engineer or Database Developer, to name but a few career possibilities.


Detailed module information is available here


  • Online applications is open for course commencing September 2022.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'Apply online >>' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.



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Gerard MacSweeney
021 433 5574

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