M Sc Applied IT Architecture

  • Course Code


  • Type of Qualification:

    Master Degree

  • Timetable

    Online programme with 2 days per semester in IT Tallaght

  • Commences

    Next programme commencing January 2019

About the Course

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  • Developed in Associated with Technology Ireland Skillnet
  • Online programme with 2 days per semester in IT Tallaght
  • Accredited by IASA
  • Winner of Tech Excellence award for Professional Development 2018
  • Apply through Technology Ireland Skillnet
  • Application advice process for non-standard applications open now with Qualification modules open from September 2019.

MSc Applied IT Architecture with Skillnet at IT Tallaght

This new part-time programme gives current and potential Software Architects the skills, theory and recognition they need to develop in their role. For the first time candidates can gain a full Masters of Science degree in this specialist area through a mixed learning process with an emphasis on practical application in the workplace.

This programme is offered in conjunction with ICT Ireland Skillnet, the Ireland branch of IASA Global (International association of Software Architects) and ICS Skills.

The aim of this programme is to produce graduates in the field of Applied Information Technology Architecture with a systematic knowledge of the key issues and technologies in the field. Graduates of the programme will have knowledge, skills and attributes around human dynamics, business, technology and strategy, IT Architecture, IT Quality Attributes and Environments which will support them in roles as IT Architects. The programme will also equip graduates with the required skills to carry out applied research in topics at the cutting edge of the field.

The bulk of the delivery for this programme is online with typically two days attendance in IT Tallaght required each semester. Students take two taught modules each of the first three semesters with the fourth semester devoted to Research Project. This is an intensive professional course with accreditation from IASA which required significant effort to attain the high standards required.

Entry Level

Prospective participants must either be serving in the role of architect in an IT domain, or be aspiring to move into such a role. All participants should have experience of IT software and systems development and implementation in team and technical leading roles. They should also have current competence to interact with development teams at a technical level. 

Also applicants must have either:
Applicants should have a primary degree (Level 8) in Computer Science or a cognate/science discipline or a degree with a high level of mathematics.


Non Standard Entrants.

Those who do not meet this requirement will be considered on their merits if they can show a particular interest or aptitude for this area of work or if they have industry experience and training which shows evidence that their education and work experience is sufficient to meet the education needs of the programme and recruitment policies of the College.

If you feel you have the experience and knowledge to take on this demanding programme but haven’t got the exact requirements stipulated for participation please contact the programme director ( or to discuss the RPL process required. For example, it may be possible to take Qualifier modules during the semester prior to commencement. Interested applicants are advised to enquire as early as possible since these applications take time to process.

Important Course Information

Programme Outline

Year 1 - Semester 1
Human Dynamics
IT Arch. Design
Quality Attributes

Year 1 - Semester 2
Business & Tech. Strategy
IT Environment

Year 2 - Semester 3
Architecture in Practice
Research Methods

Year 2 - Semester 4
Research Project

Career Opportunities

Because of the involvement of IASA in the delivery of the programme the prospect of allowing participants to qualify for some or all of the IASA Certification in Software Architecture (CITA) certifications at Foundation (CITA/F), Associate (CITA/A) and Professional (CITA/P) levels is being actively explored.

Fees & Funding

Total Course Costs: €8,650 (€4,325 p.a.)
For those who are non-members of the ICT Ireland Skillnet and meet the academic entry requirements of IT Tallaght. 

ICT Ireland Skillnet Member Course Costs: €6,500 (€3,250 p.a.)
For those who meet the academic entry requirements of IT Tallaght and are members of ICT Ireland Skillnet (this is the total price for the two years and not a per year or per semester price). 

Member rate applies to all members of  ICT Ireland Skillnet

This represents 25% funding from the ICT Ireland Skillnet for successful applicants. This funding is limited to only 15 places. Course begins Saturday, 24th September 2016 and will run for two years. Early application is advised.

Further Information

Cormac Keogh

Barry Feeney

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