Taught course

Software Engineering and Entrepreneurship

University of Limerick · Faculty of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

Primary Honours Degree with First or Second Honours (Level 8) in a suitable discipline, such as Computer Systems, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Applied Mathematics. Or An applicant with a degree or postgraduate diploma with relevant work experience who can satisfy the course admission team that he/she has the ability to contribute, complete and benefit from this course. In order to recognise applicants' prior learning (in accordance with the University's policy on the accreditation of prior learning), these candidates will be required to submit a written portfolio of business learning outcomes with accompanying testimonials.

Months of entry


Course content

Programme Structure
Semester 1
Entrepreneurial Marketing and Research Methods; Software Design; Software Engineering Requirements; Establishing New Ventures; Managing Innovation and Intrapreneurship.

Semester 2
Software Architecture; Managing International Business Growth; Dissertation 1.

Electives: Choose 2, 1 from each SE and EIM
SE: Human Computer Interaction; Software Quality
EIM: Internationalising Entrepreneurial Ventures; International Small Business Consulting

Summer Semester
Dissertation 2

On completion of the programme graduates will pursue careers in innovation, creativity or entrepreneurship either within existing small or large organisations which have an entrepreneurial outlook. Additionally, they will be equipped to engage in new venture creation and to assist entrepreneurs who wish to establish and grow their business.

Graduates may also wish to pursue PhD studies in either or both disciplines.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the Universities English Language Requirements. Please visit http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/non-european-applicants for the list of requirements

Fees and funding

The University of Limerick is offering 10 taught postgraduate scholarships to potential applicants for the 2014/15 academic year. The value of each scholarship is €2,000. The successful candidates will receive the scholarship in the form of a reduced fee. The Scholarships will be allocated by the faculties on the basis of financial need and personal statement from the applicants. For more information on how to apply please visit http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/scholarship-funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr. Briga Hynes and Dr Ita Richardson
+353-61-202619/ +353 61 202765