Masters of Science Software Design with Virtual and Augmented Reality

MSc in Software Design with Virtual and Augmented Reality

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

The terms Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) and more recently Alternate Reality (within the research fields), can be represented within the umbrella terms of Immersive Experiences and reflect the degree of digital content presented to the users as they move from the real to virtual world experience. These technologies are changing how we interact and consume content.

Traditionally applications of such technologies lay within entertainment and gaming domains. However, research and industry are now deploying these disruptive technologies within telecommunications, advertising, real-estate,health, education, human-machine interaction, manufacturing, robotics, tourism among many others.

This MSc in Software Design with Augmented and Virtual Reality targets learner expertise and skills development within this rapidly emerging and developing area. This is a challenging and multidisciplinary field and our offering will develop the skill set to blend key technical, creative and user experience expertise such that graduates can apply same across any of above mentioned industry domains. This MSc places unique emphasis on design and experience evaluation of Virtual and Augmented Reality applications.

What will I experience?

AIT’s Faculty of Engineering and Informatics is housed in one of the most modern and well-equipped facilities of its kind in the country. Lecturers have extensive industry experience which enriches their teaching skills and competencies. You will be part of an exciting software development environment, with advanced research and strong links to industry. You will have the option to undertake an industrial work placement during your third year of the programme giving you real industrial experience while undertaking a challenging project.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Software development is an enormous growth area in ICT engineering. Over 900 software companies are currently in operation in Ireland employing more than 24,000 people. Ireland’s reputation as a centre of software excellence is unrivalled in Europe. It is home to multinational and indigenous firms generating €16 billion of exports annually. The sectors wide-ranging activities include software development, R&D, business services and EMEA/International headquarters.

Last year, there was global investment of over €3 billion in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) industries. It reflects the exciting potential
to provide immersive environments in gaming and movies that were not possible before now. Our VR and Gaming specialisation prepares you to work as a software developer in these fast-paced industries. As a student on this course, you’ll work with the latest tools and technologies to enhance your skillset. Software
development languages, tools and methodologies provide the backbone of this programme.

Additional Information

For additional information about this programme, please contact:

Dr Enda Fallon,

Head of Department,

Computer and Software Engineering,


Tel: (090) 647 1877

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Assessment Information

The programme assessment strategy has been devised to support both the programme and module learning outcomes and to foster the development of the intended knowledge, skills and competencies. A wide range of assessment methods suitable for the programme will be used and due consideration has been given by the Programme Board and Programme Management Team to the number of assessable components per year and to the possibility of cross-modular assessment throughout the programme. The assessment workload will be reviewed by the team on an annual basis. All assessment will be at the modular level.

Course Details

Course Fees:
The programme tuition fee is €5,500 for EU students and for Non EU students the tuition fee is €12,000 per annum.
Course Duration:
1 Year
Course Commencement Date:

September 2020.

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

Applicants should hold a 4 year honours degree in software design or an equivalent qualification with a minimum grade of 2.1 (60%). In line with institute policies, non-native English speakers are required to have an IELTS level of 6.0 or higher.

MSc in Software Design with Virtual and Augmented Reality - prospectus

Course Prospectus


Lecturer Testimonial

CES - Dr. Niall Murray Profile Image

CES - Dr. Niall Murray

Dr. Niall Murray is founder (in 2014) and principal investigator (PI) in the truly Immersive and Interactive Multimedia Experiences (tIIMEx) research group in AIT. He is an associate PI on the Enterprise Ireland funded Technology Gateway COMAND.

Course Structure

Year 1

Object Oriented Programming I
Research Methods & Professional Practice
Immersive Experience and Game Technology
User Experience
Object Oriented Programming II
Immersive Experience Application Development
Quality of Experience
Engineering Team Project

Students may choose to complete a research dissertation or industry based work placement.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Students graduating from this course will be in a position to take
up careers as immersive application developers, software designers, database programmers and administrators, and technical salespersons.
Employers include: Ericsson, Valeo, Cisco, Avaya (Nortel), SAP,
Hewlett-Packard, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Riverdeep, as well as
financial institutions and SMEs.

Work Placement

The Work Placement & Professional Practice provide in this programme provides learners with a comprehensive experience of the working environment while deepening specialist skills relevant to the programme. The module responds
to the requirements of industry and relevant professional bodies as it facilitates in-depth student induction, extended
professional practice, and immersion in contextualised specialised technologies and techniques.

Further Study

Students who successfully complete this programme will be eligible to pursue research opportunities at AIT at PhD level.

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