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Reboot your career with a part-time Master's in Software Development at Queen's University Belfast

Connor Henry
Connor Henry

Considering a career in Northern Ireland's booming IT industry?

At Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), a Master’s (MSc) course in software development is designed to allow anyone from any background to pick up the fundamentals of software development.

The option for part-time study, which is taught in the evenings and spread over two or three years, allows you to study while in full-time employment.

Specifically designed for graduates of non-computing, this conversion course means anyone with an undergraduate degree (no matter what the subject) can apply for it, as long as they pass an aptitude test.

This Master’s takes the skills developed during an undergraduate degree and transforms them into the technical, analytical and professional abilities required to take on a range of roles within the ever-expanding IT industry in Northern Ireland.

Connor Henry (26) from Portglenone in Co Antrim is a Queen's MSc Software Development alumni. When he graduated, he secured employment with Allstate NI  and is currently working within their testing department.

With a background of film and media, Connor found it very difficult to find full-time work in the field and decided to make a career change, favouring the province's thriving IT industry.

Connor Henry

He said: “Software development never entered my mind until I heard about the MSc at Queen’s and all the positive feedback from past students who had gone on to successful careers in the industry. I chose QUB because they work quite closely with external software companies to tailor the course content to what is required in today’s industry.

“I never felt overwhelmed or as though too much was being asked of me. The lecturers all have experience in their related modules and could give real world examples of why what we were learning mattered. They always made time to answer any questions I had and were always more than happy to lend a helping hand.

“Within the first couple weeks, companies came to the campus to inform everyone on what opportunities were available and some students received conditional offers only after two months on the course."

He added: “Opportunities were also available to meet with companies throughout the year at recruitment fairs and pop up booths within the Computer Science Building. When it came to the dissertation project, anyone without an offer for employment was able to work with a company to facilitate their project and gain real world experience.”

Other graduates from Connor’s year have gone on to work in areas including development, AI, DevOps and data analytics.

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