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 late June/early 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.

For additional information, please contact:

Dr Enda Fallon,

Head of Department,

Computer and Software Engineering,

Technological University of the Shannon, Athlone


Tel: (090) 647 1877

What Previous Participants are Saying?

“Initially I was amazed at the diversity of the student’s various backgrounds, from age to profession to experience. The year is very intense with a heavy workload and dedication is definitely the key to success. There is a dedicated lab for students which I have found to be invaluable along with the student mantra of sharing knowledge and helping each other as far as possible.”- Orla Brooks

“I have always been interested in Information Technology (IT) and had previously studied Electronics & Communications Engineering many years ago at AIT. Despite life getting in the way and having never worked in any IT role, I always felt like it was something I needed to do. Now, having completed the Masters in Applied Software Engineering through TUS, I would say that I found it to be continuously engaging with modern, relevant content allowing me to continually apply my learning to situations in my work at Ericsson. I believe the industry knowledge and willingness of the lecturers to help students, not only in the areas specific to their class but also in projects outside their usual scope, makes the course exceptional.” - Gary Wheeler

Course Details

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

How to apply to this programme at TUS Athlone Campus:


Course Commencement Date:


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

The programme is available to graduates with an honours Level 8 qualification who are eligible to work in Ireland. Candidates should preferably have a 2.1 honours primary degree in a relevant discipline. This category includes (but is not limited to) Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Data Networking etc. but qualified applicants from any discipline with problem solving, logic and critical thinking will receive consideration. Each application will be considered on its individual merits.

Please note: Participants will not be entitled to retain any social welfare payments while attending the course as Ericsson is funding a bursary to assist participants with expenses.

Candidates will undertake a course in advance of commencing the Masters 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 (Level 8) and is a pre-requisite for participation in this master’s programme.

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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