The Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment has launched a new course at Queen’s which could help attract investors to Northern Ireland by producing a new generation of software developers.
The MSc in Software Development at the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers 60 places and is open to all graduates including those from non-IT disciplines.
The one-year course aims to address the shortage of software developers currently existing in Northern Ireland.
Minister Arlene Foster said: "The launch of the MSc in Software Development at Queen’s is great news for Northern Ireland and the economy, as it is addressing the current shortage of software developers here. We know that an increase in the number of software developers available is an attractive prospect for companies considering investing here.”
Course Director, Dr Darryl Stewart from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, said: "The MSc in Software Development at Queen’s is available to those who haven’t had a previous background in information technology. The conversion course is designed to develop the technical, analytical and professional skills required to take on software development roles.
"News that US Company CVS Caremark is coming to Northern Ireland and hopes to create up to 50 software developer jobs is an example of how valuable this new course is.”
John Healy, Director and Head of Technology Citi, said: "It is vital to international companies like Citi that we have a world-class University on our doorstep providing quality graduates equipped with the skills we need. The launch of the MSc in Software Development demonstrates Queen’s is listening to employers, and by doing this is ensuring global companies such as ours will continue to invest in Northern Ireland.”
The new Software Development Masters course starts in September 2012 and applications are being accepted online now at https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal. Applicants are encouraged to apply by April 20th to ensure entry to the first phase of aptitude testing.