Master of Science Applied Software Engineering

Master of Science in Applied Software Engineering (Ericsson)

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

The MSc in Applied Software Engineering is an exciting one-year full-time programme, funded by Ericsson Ireland and ICT Skillnet and delivered by TUS in Athlone, which covers the entire software development lifecycle – from the fundamentals of computing and software design to implementation and testing. The master’s is completely free to all participants and offers a stipend to offset living costs. The MSc also includes a three-month paid placement with Ericsson. Upon satisfactory completion of the programme, graduates are offered a permanent job as a software engineer with Ericsson in Athlone.

Screening and selection of candidates takes place every spring ,with the programme commencing in July.

What will I experience?

Programme participants gain an integrated and critical knowledge of the skills and particular technologies used in ICT product development today. This fully funded MSc in Applied Software Engineering covers the fundamentals of contemporary software engineering and the tools, methods and techniques that support its applications.

What opportunities might it lead to?

This master’s provides excellent employment opportunities for graduates, leading directly to a full-time job as a software engineer at Ericsson’s Software Campus in Athlone. Historically, there has been a significant shortage of graduates in the ICT area. According to the Forfás Vacancy Overview Report, 35% of all difficult to fill vacancies were for the ICT sector, primarily for professional roles in software development, including software developers, database developers (with Oracle/SQL), web, cloud; with skills in Java, JavaScript, C++, and .Net the most frequently mentioned. This MSc in Applied Software Engineering will provide these technical competencies.

Additional Information

Entry to the programme is on the basis of a competitive selection process. Prospective candidates may be requested to attend for interview, undertake tests or other selection procedures. Making an application is not a guarantee of selection. Applications are treated in strictest confidence. In making an application, applicants accept that no feedback will be provided to them, or any other party, regarding the selection process, or any reasons for their non-selection.

To apply candidates just need to email their CV to making sure that the following information is included:

• A sentence confirming you are an Irish or EEA national or resident in Republic of Ireland on a Stamp 4 or Stamp 1G VISA

• Nationality

• Home address

• Phone number and email address

• Full details of educational qualifications (college, name of course and grade awarded (or expected) eg 2.1, 1.1 etc.)

For additional information about this programme, please contact:

Dr Enda Fallon,

Head of Department,

Computer and Software Engineering,

Technological University of the Shannon, Athlone


Tel: (090) 647 1877

Course Details

Course Fees:
This MSc is completely free and offers a living stipend to all successful applicants
Course Duration:
1 Year
Course Commencement Date:


Course Award:
Master of Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 9
Dept of Computer and Software Engineering
Minimum Entry Requirements:

A minimum 2.1 honours degree. Each application will be considered on its individual merits. Candidates will undertake a short preparatory course in advance of commencing the MSc to prepare and qualify them in the range of subject areas to be covered on the master’s programme. This course will lead to a Certificate in Software Engineering (NFQ Level 8) and is a pre-requisite for participation in the MSc in Applied Software Engineering.

Student Testimonial

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Vineeta Sharma, MSc in Applied Software Engineering (Ericsson) Graduate

"The best thing about this course is that it is fully funded which helps students to completely focus on studies rather than worry about money for course and it also guarantees job, if you do well."

Course Structure

Year 1

​Object Oriented Programming, Data Architecture and Database Systems, Computer Networks, Applied Mathematics, Agile Design and Testing, Cloud and Computer Architecture, Distributed Systems and Security, Web Technologies, Continuous Build and Delivery, Self Management and Teamwork, Group Project

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Ericsson Product Development Unit in Athlone specialises in the provision of operations support systems (OSS) to telecom operators using advanced data and event management and visualisation techniques.

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