MSc in DevOps

  • Application Deadline:
    13/12/2024
  • Start Date:
    24/1/2025
  • Duration:
    2 years part-time
  • Delivery:
    Online
  • Subsidised Fees:
    To be confirmed

MSc in DevOps

Bridge the digital divide, and lead on innovation.


With most technology organisations moving their delivery platforms to a DevOps approach, the shortage of people with cross sectional skills in DevOps is now acute. Developed by industry as a direct response to this need, this first-ever Master’s degree in DevOps aims to fill these important talent gaps and give credit, recognition and credibility to technologists working in this field.

 

Why this course was developed

The advantages of Development Teams and Operations Teams collaborating to improve the delivery of technology solutions has meant a rapid adoption of DevOps approaches to the Software Development Lifecycle. Closely associated with Lean and Agile concepts in enhancing the delivery of technology solutions, the DevOps approach has impacted very rapidly on the Technology industry.

Most existing DevOps ‘specialists’ grow or develop into their role with no formal standards or certification, and a modicum of training in the actual practice of cross functional DevOps practices. They may already be experienced, highly skilled, competent and high performers in their own field of Software Development, Computing, IT Management, or Quality Assurance but they can lack the knowledge and understanding of the other cross functional disciplines they now find themselves working with daily. Understanding not only the technical, but also the business and human factors at play during the high pressure demands of modern software delivery processes, is essential in the modern discipline of DevOps

 

Award Level

There are two phases to the award.  Candidates are registered for the full Masters of Science in DevOps Level 9 degree (90 credits)  however candidates may opt to exit the programme on successful completion of the first three semesters with 60 credits and receive a Level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in DevOps (60 credits). Please note exit awards are at the discretion of the college and no refund of fees will be due.

The award structure will place greater emphasis on continuous assessment, practical and project work rather than on formal examinations.  In fact there are only 2 modules that carry an actual exam.

The aim is that participants will gain a deep understanding of the topics and content covered, and be able to demonstrate this acquired knowledge as proven competence in tests and exercises drawn from practical “real life” DevOps scenarios.

 

Schedule

The programme will start with a 2 day workshop which will involve all participants being physically present.  This is seen as important to facilitate networking, experience sharing and group learning.

Lectures are held on two evenings per week. In the first year, the lecturers are normally Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30 to 9.00 pm. Videos of the lecture are available to view afterwards. There will also be a requirement to attend one on-campus day at the end of each semester.

Orientation and lectures are provisionally scheduled for Friday, 19th and Saturday, 20th of January 2024 from 9am-5pm. Orientation and lectures always take place on Friday and Saturday within the last two weeks of January. The official dates will be confirmed in September 2023.

 

Semester 1

Business Technology

Strategy

IT Infrastructure & Automation

 

Semester 2

Continuous Software Delivery

Important Notice: In accordance with QQI Awards Standards, this course is presently undergoing a revalidation process. Revalidation is a mandatory requirement for all QQI-accredited courses every five years. As a result, there may be some revisions and enhancements to the modules listed in the brochure. The updated module content will be made available as soon as possible.

Human & Organisational Issues

 

Semester 3

Advanced IT Infrastructure for DevOps and DevOps in Practice

 

Semester 4

Research Methods, Research Project

 

Funding Eligibility

Applicants must be working in a private or commercial semi-state organisation registered in the Republic of Ireland (Business, Consultant, Freelancer) to avail of the grant-aided fees. As a government-funded training network, we can only support those meeting these criteria.

Applicants who do not meet our funding criteria may in some cases be able to apply and pay the full fee of  if there are available places. Contact us for more information.

 

Academic Eligibility

The minimum entry requirement for standard entrants to the course is a 2:2 (GPA 2.5 or equivalent), in a Bachelor of Science in Computing (Level 8) or a cognate discipline or equivalent.

Candidates who do not meet this minimum entry requirement, the college operates a  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme whereby applicants may be considered based on relevant work or other experiences.

For applicants whose first language is not English, please note the English language entry requirements.

 

Fees

Student fee per annum: TBC
*Part-funded fees are only available to eligible applicants.

 

Please click the “Apply Now” button at the top of this page and submit a copy of your CV for the first stage of screening.

The following documents will be required at the second stage of the application process:

i) Transcripts of your Primary Degree OR Industry Certifications.

ii) If you are an international student, i.e. did third level education in a different country where English is not the first language then we need your English Language certification.

Click here for details with regard to the English Language requirement component.

iii) A letter from your company confirming your current role.

 

Melanie Howes, Vistatec

Embarking on a part-time Master’s course is a big time commitment but I’m really enjoying it. I’ve found the lecturers in TU Dublin (Tallaght Campus) to be very knowledgeable and helpful. The course is teaching me an end-to-end technical DevOps skillset combined with a business focus that I can use immediately in my daily work. There are a lot of technologies to consider for DevOps and the course has helped me realise not only which ones are the most useful for my business but also that DevOps is as much about people as it is about technology.

 

Dave Hill, Dun & Bradstreet

The online M.Sc in DevOps was the ideal delivery method for me to upskill for work, with online lectures recorded, giving me the flexibility to deal with my day job and family life. The content has been informative and covers core concepts from the foundations to case studies in enterprise implementation. The combination of establishing how a DevOps focused organization operates, coupled with some of the latest and greatest DevOps tools has given me the ability to affect real change in my organization and already had a healthy impact on our release cadence and bottom line. I’d recommend this course to anyone who is regularly frustrated in IT and is looking for solid, implementable change strategies and the technical ability to enforce these changes.

 

Conor Tolan, Liberty IT

This course has given me the opportunity go deeper on the DevOps topics that are relevant in the industry today. For example exploring the justifications behind implementing CI/CD or exploring the pros and cons of implementing DevOps teams and strategies for handling the associated culture changes has been beneficial to my day job. We are dealing with these same issues. Having covered these topics on the course gives me the background to speak with more authority when there are decisions to be made. There is obviously a challenge to adding to taking on an additional workload, but the flexibility of attending the classes online has made it so much easier. I can be listening to the lecture and not far from the kids if needed.