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The programme aims to enable students to develop a systematic understanding of the software development process and the associated professional skills necessary in software engineering practice. Read more
The programme aims to enable students to develop a systematic understanding of the software development process and the associated professional skills necessary in software engineering practice. Students will develop expertise to:
-Conduct requirements analysis and specification
-Create and evaluate software architecture and design solutions
-Develop dependable software units
-Verify software systems and make informed decisions in the management of software projects

All of the above are key to a professional software engineering career.

Graduates will be equipped with the essential analytical skills and knowledge for development and maintenance of large-scale software systems, and with the ability to apply this knowledge to real-world applications. Deep knowledge of object-oriented analysis and design, making use of UML-based techniques and the intellectual skills to create well-designed solutions will be developed.

Students will develop an understanding of the management issues involved in creating software systems, and how they can be addressed from the viewpoint of the organisation, the software developers and the end-users. Practical experience of a substantial software development project from the initial analysis of a problem, through design and planning, implementation, testing, evaluation and documentation will be provided.

This MSc requires you to study seven taught modules and to complete a Major Project resulting in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.

Modules

Stage 1
Core modules
-Professional skills in computing (CS4680)
-Software process management (CS4670)
-Requirements engineering (CS4830)
-Software architecture (CS4840)
-Reliability in Software Engineering (CS4820)
-Information security (CS4520)

Optional modules
-Interaction design (CS4650)
-Advanced Human Computer Interaction (CS4655)
-Diploma Project (CS4600)

Stage 2
-Major project (CS4800)

Learning, teaching & assessment

-The programme is delivered using a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions
-There is a mix of individual and group work
-Visiting lecturers from industry will be invited to deliver lectures on industrial best practice
-Assessment methods employed – written examinations, continuous assessment through coursework, oral examination of Major project.

Career opportunities

This programme is suitable for candidates seeking to develop their career towards Software Engineering, with the potential to reach a leadership role.

Personal development

Students will acquire analytical, presentation skills, team working, report writing, negotiation and IT skills necessary for a successful software engineer career.

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Our Software Systems Engineering (SSE) MSc provides an ideal foundation for PhD study. The UCL SSE group is regularly ranked in the top three groups in the world (Microsoft Academic Search), you will be taught by those who are setting the international agenda, and our research has been repeatedly rated as world-class. Read more

Our Software Systems Engineering (SSE) MSc provides an ideal foundation for PhD study. The UCL SSE group is regularly ranked in the top three groups in the world (Microsoft Academic Search), you will be taught by those who are setting the international agenda, and our research has been repeatedly rated as world-class. Fully-funded PhD scholarships are available for high-performing students.

About this degree

Students are trained in the principles and techniques of engineering large, complex software systems and gain the opportunity to apply these techniques in a realistic group project setting. The programme analyses current practice in software systems engineering, looking at the most significant trends, problems and results in complex software systems.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), and either a group project (60 credits) or three research modules (90 credits) including a project. Students will be able to select between one and three modules (15 to 45 credits) from electives.

Core modules

  • Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Requirements Engineering and Software Architecture (15 credits)
  • Software Abstractions and Systems Integration (15 credits)
  • Tools and Environments (15 credits)
  • Validation and Verification (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students must take either the Group Project in Software Systems Engineering (60 credits) with 45 credits from electives, or Research Methods, Project and Seminar in Software Engineering (90 credits) with 15 credits from electives.

  • Research Methods in Software Engineering (15 credits)
  • Research Project in Software Engineering (60 credits)
  • Research Seminar in Software Engineering (15 credits)
  • OR
  • Group Project in Software Systems Engineering (60 credits)

Please note: the availability and delivery of optional modules may vary, depending on your selection.

A list of acceptable elective modules is available on the UCL Computer Science webpage.

Dissertation/report

Most students participate in a group industrial project, generally in close collaboration with one of our industrial partners. 

Other students undertake either an individual or small-group research project, under the supervision of academics in UCL's Software Systems Engineering group.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, written and laboratory exercises, and group project supervision. Student performance is assessed through written exercises with modelling notations, laboratory exercises with tools and environments, unseen examination papers, and a significant, comprehensive group project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Software Systems Engineering MSc

Funding

The department typically does not hire postgraduate students on research or teaching assistantships because the students need to work full-time on their studies for the programme.

Four MSc Scholarships, worth £4000 each, are made available by UCL Computer Science to UK/EU offer holders with a record of excellent academic achievement. The closing date is 30 June 2018. For more information, please see the department pages.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

This professionally oriented programme provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish to pursue a career as a software architect or leader of software development organisations. It also provides an excellent introduction for those who want to pursue research in software systems engineering.

Graduates from UCL are keenly sought after by the world's leading organisations, and many progress in their careers to secure senior and influential positions. UCL Computer Science (UCL-CS) graduates are particularly valued as a result of the department's strong international reputation, strong links with industry, and ideal location close to the City of London.

Graduates have found positions at global companies such as Barclays and RBS.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Software Developer, BNP Paribas
  • Technology Analyst, Morgan Stanley
  • IT Consultant, OnTrack
  • Software Analyst and Designer, Nok Technology
  • Security Science, UCL

Employability

There is, throughout the world, a strong demand for software engineers with solid foundations covering not only the programming aspects of software development, but also aspects related to requirements engineering, software architectures, system integration, and testing.

Following graduation, our students are generally hired as software engineers or software architects, sometimes by companies they have engaged with in the context of their MSc project.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world-leader in teaching and research.

UCL received the highest percentage (96%) for quality of research in Computer Science and Informatics in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Our Master's programmes have some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries, with graduates entering a wide variety of industries from entertainment to finance.

We take an experimental approach to our subject and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations. In the recent past, students have worked on projects and coursework in collaboration with Microsoft, IBM, JP Morgan, Citigroup and BNP Paribas.

Accreditation:

CITPFL - Accredited by BCS. CEng (partial fulfilment) - Accreditation by the BCS.



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Who is it for?. This industry-focused course is for Computer Science graduates and experienced professional programmers interested in developing high-quality, complex software systems and aiming at a high-quality career in the industry, e.g. Read more

Who is it for?

This industry-focused course is for Computer Science graduates and experienced professional programmers interested in developing high-quality, complex software systems and aiming at a high-quality career in the industry, e.g. software houses, consultancies, and major software users across different sectors.

Students will have a keen interest in designing complex software systems, coding them in a programming language using the latest technologies (SOA, cloud, etc.), and ensuring that they are of high quality and that they actually meet the needs of their stakeholders.

Objectives

You will develop skills in analysing requirements and designing appropriate software solutions; designing and creating complex software systems to solve real-world problems, evaluating and using advanced software engineering environments, design methods and programming languages, and evaluating and responding to recent trends in interoperability and software development.

The course focuses on advanced engineering concepts and methods, as well as design issues for the systematic development of high-quality complex software systems. These are explored using industrial strength technologies, like the C++ and Java programming languages and the UML modelling language.

The course covers significant trends in systems development, including service-oriented architecture, cloud computing, and big data. The course is delivered by acknowledged experts and draws on City's world-class research in Systems and Software Engineering, which has one of the largest groups of academics working in this area in London, covering almost all aspects - from requirements, to designing reliable systems for the nuclear industry.

Accreditation

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional, and on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist and a Chartered Engineer.

Internships

As a postgraduate student on a Computing and Information Systems course, you will have the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of your degree.

Our longstanding internship scheme gives you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained from your taught modules within a real business environment. An internship also provides you with professional development opportunities that enhance your technical skills and business knowledge.

Internships delivered by City, University of London offer an exceptional opportunity to help you stand out in the competitive IT industry job market. The structure of the course extends the period for dissertation submission to January, allowing you to work full-time for up to six months. You will be supported by our outstanding Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) should you wish to consider undertaking this route.

Teaching and learning

Software Engineering MSc is available full-time (12 months) as well as part-time (up to 28 months).

Students successfully completing eight taught modules and the dissertation for their individual project will be awarded 180 credits and a Master's level qualification. Alternatively, students who do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed eight taught modules will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. Successful completion of four taught modules (60 credits) will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate.

Assessment

Each module is assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.

Modules

You will develop skills in analysing requirements and designing appropriate software solutions; designing and creating complex software systems to solve real-world problems, evaluating and using advanced software engineering environments, design methods and programming languages and evaluating and responding to recent trends in interoperability and software development.

The focus of the course is on advanced engineering concepts and methods, as well as design issues for the systematic development of high-quality complex software systems. These are explored using industrial strength technologies, such as the C++ and Java object-oriented programming languages and the UML modelling language.

The course covers significant trends in systems development, including service-oriented architecture, mobile and pervasive computing, cloud computing, big data, and XML-enabled interoperable services. The course is delivered by acknowledged experts and draws on City's world-class research in Systems and Software Engineering. City has one of the largest groups of academics working in the area in London, working on almost all aspects of the area - from requirements, to designing reliable systems for the nuclear industry.

Career prospects

The MSc in Software Engineering aims to meet the significant demand for graduates with a good knowledge of computing. This demand arises from consultancies, software houses, major software users such as banks, large manufacturers, retailers, and the public services, defence, aerospace and telecommunications companies.

Typical entrants to the course have a degree in an engineering or scientific discipline, and wish to either move into the software engineering field or to the development of software for their current field. Entrants must have previous exposure to computing, especially to programming (particularly in Java or C#) and relational databases (from either academic or professional experience).

From this base, the course provides solid technical coverage of advanced software development, including such widely used languages as C++, Java, UML and XML for which demand is particularly high. The course is therefore quite demanding; its success in providing advanced academic education along these lines is evident from the fact that recent graduates of the course are currently employed in a wide spectrum of organisations.

Of course, the employment value of a master's degree is not just short term. Although on-the-job training and experience as well as technology specific skills are valuable, they can be rather narrow and difficult to validate, and to transfer. The structure of this course ensures that there is a strong balance between the development of particular skills and a solid education in the enduring principles and concepts that underlie complex software system development.

SAP Certification

In parallel to your degree you will be able to register for a SAP TERP10 Certification course at a substantial discount, thus obtaining an additional, much sought-after qualification.



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Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely that they will have previously studied software engineering, programming, computer science, maths or physics. Read more
Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely that they will have previously studied software engineering, programming, computer science, maths or physics. Such students will seek more specialised, technical programming and software engineering skills. They would learn in-depth, a range of programming concepts, languages and software development techniques to develop sophisticated and complex programs. Graduates will seek positions as software developers, systems engineers, software testers, programmers, etc.

Course Overview

The main themes of the programme are:
-Current and emerging Software Engineering principles and practices
-Current and emerging programming practices
-Large scale software project management

This programme will equip students with those skills at a high academic level and also crucially enable them to practically implement their knowledge because of the ‘hands-on’ emphasis of the programme.

The Current and emerging Software Engineering principles and practices includes aspects of generic programming.

The Current and emerging programming practices theme covers advanced topics in modules such as Generic Programming and aspects of Scientific Computing and Virtualisation

The Large scale project management theme will concentrate on management and systems analysis skills to be developed by the students both of which are in great demand by employers.

Modules

Part 1
-Agile Software Development (20 credits)
-Generic Programming (20 credits)
-Leadership and Management (20 credits)
-Managing Information Systems and Projects (20 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)
-Scientific Computing & Virtualisation (20 credits)

Part 2
-Major Project (60 credits)

Key Features

Software Engineering as a subject evolved from a desire to incorporate engineering practices including, analysis, design, testing and project management to the process of creating computer programs. As a discipline, software engineering is as broad as the software created, with applications as diverse as plant control (real-time critical systems) to commercial trading software (database driven software) to image processing applications for mobile phones (computer graphics based mobile applications).

Assessment

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of computing and information systems development. The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations. Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module. Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme will be skilled and knowledgeable in the technical aspects of software development, and are likely to find employment either within specialist software organisations, or within organisations which commit resources to developing highly technical software systems. They are likely to have to work as a member of a team, conceiving, designing, developing and implementing complex software systems. Graduates from this programme would expect to be initially employed as software engineers. Those employed by SMEs are likely to work in smaller teams or perhaps as sole developers. Students finding employment with larger companies are most likely to work in larger teams building a variety of large-scale applications.

It is expected that graduates would seek positions such as:
-Software Engineers
-Senior software Engineers
-Software Developers
-Application Developers
-System Engineers
-Software Technical Lead
-System Analyst
-Version control manager
-Project lead/manager

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This MSc provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish to pursue a career as software engineers. Read more

This MSc provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish to pursue a career as software engineers. The programme provides the opportunity to undertake a significant group software engineering project sponsored by a financial services company, allowing students to specialise in software systems engineering from a financial computing perspective.

About this degree

Students gain instruction in all aspects of software engineering needed for the development of large, complex, highly dynamic, distributed software-intensive systems. The programme covers requirements engineering, software design, validation and verification, tools for the development of software intensive systems, and provides instruction in financial information systems.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), one optional module (15 credits), one elective module (15 credits) and a group project (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Financial Institutions and Markets (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Requirements Engineering and Software Architecture (15 credits)
  • Software Abstractions and Systems Integration (15 credits)
  • Tools and Environments (15 credits)
  • Validation and Verification (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students are required to select 15 credits from the Option group and 15 credits from the Elective group.

Option Group

  • Compliance, Risk and Regulation (15 credits)
  • Financial Market Modelling and Analysis (15 credits)

Elective Group

  • Complex Networks and Web (15 credits)
  • Computer Security I (15 credits)
  • Computer Security II (15 credits)
  • Distributed Systems and Security (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Logic, Semantics and Verification (15 credits)
  • Language Based Security (15 credits)
  • Malware (15 credits)
  • Modal Logic and Transition Systems (15 credits)
  • Multimedia Systems (15 credits)
  • Networked Systems (15 credits)
  • People and Security (15 credits)
  • Verification and Mechanised Proofs (15 credits)

Please note: the availability and delivery of modules may vary, based on your selected options.

Dissertation/report

All students participate in a group project, encompassing the full software development lifecycle and applying techniques learned, such as the technical skills of analysis, design and implementation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, written and laboratory exercises, and project work. Student performance is assessed through written exercises with modelling notations, laboratory exercises with tools and environments, unseen examination papers, and a significant, comprehensive group project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Financial Systems Engineering MSc

Careers

This professionally oriented programme provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish to pursue a career as a software architect or leader of software development organisations. It also provides an excellent introduction for those who want to pursue research in software systems engineering.

Graduates from UCL are keenly sought by the world's leading organisations, and many progress in their careers to secure senior and influential positions. UCL Computer Science graduates are particularly valued as a result of the department's international reputation, strong links with industry, and ideal location close to the City of London.

Graduates have found positions at global companies such as RBS and UBS.

Employability

There is, throughout the world, a strong demand for software engineers with solid foundations covering not only the programming aspects of software development, but also aspects related to requirements engineering, software architectures, system integration, and testing. Many surveys rank software engineering positions as among the best jobs in the world.

Following graduation, our students are generally hired as software engineers or software architects by large financial institutions, sometimes by institutions they have engaged with in the context of their MSc project.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research.

UCL received the highest percentage (96%) for quality of research in Computer Science and Informatics in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Our Master's programmes have some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries, with graduates entering a wide variety of industries from entertainment to finance.

We take an experimental approach to our subject and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations. In the recent past, students have worked on projects and coursework in collaboration with Microsoft, IBM, and financial institutions such as JP Morgan, Citigroup and BNP Paribas.

Accreditation

IET - Partial CEng (Further Learning). CITPFL - Accredited by BCS. CEng (partial fulfilment) - Accreditation by the BCS.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Computer Science

96% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Application period/deadline. March 14 - 28, 2018. Solid foundation of software engineering and information systems methods and technologies. Read more

Application period/deadline: March 14 - 28, 2018

• Solid foundation of software engineering and information systems methods and technologies

• Understanding of software ecosystems

• Understanding of user-oriented products and services

The international master’s degree programme in Software, Systems and Services Development in the Global Environment (GS3D) is a two-year programme. The programme will give you relevant skills and core knowledge of the latest methods, tools and technologies to be an expert or manager in a global ICT company. You will also get skills to lead multicultural teams, projects and units. Other topics include:

• System design methods for information systems

• Open source software development

• Service design

• Organisational change

• Software engineering management, measurement, and improvement

• Information security policy management

• Software business issues

• Research methods

• Project management

• Optional studies based on personal interests

Optional modules makes it possible to widen your expertise based on personal interests, focusing for example on:

• Business

• Computer science

• Wireless communications engineering

• Electrical engineering

• Software engineering

• Information systems

• Human-computer interaction issues

ICT is highly international field. Students gain experience on multi-cultural working during their studies. The degree programme has strong traditions and good experiences in collaboration with companies in information industry. Working life oriented way of completing studies means that practical exercises and projects are conducted in collaboration with companies.

The project work at the end of Master's level studies integrates studies and is ordered and steered by a company or a research unit. Also the master's thesis is typically made for a company. With close cooperation with industry, the education is kept relevant and up-to-date, and visiting lecturers from industry are invited to courses.

The graduates will acquire solid academic training and essential knowledge and skills to analyse and evaluate different situations, such as:

• Dynamics of the software business environment

• Human activities in IT use situations

• Software solutions and processes from the perspective of software architecture

• Design patterns

• Established capability and maturity models

Graduates have the capability to act as independent experts in goal-oriented projects and manage professionally projects in global ICT companies.

Possible titles include:

• Project Manager

• Chief Information Officer

• Software Designer

• User Experience Designer

• Information Security Specialist

Students applying for the programme must possess an applicable B.Sc. degree in one of the following fields of study: Software Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, or nearby studies.

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Discover Biodigital Architecture. We offer you the chance to take part in the first architecture programme that explores the subject from a biological and digital perspective. Read more

Discover Biodigital Architecture

We offer you the chance to take part in the first architecture programme that explores the subject from a biological and digital perspective. An avant-garde syllabus and a new, 21st-century concept at your fingertips.

You will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art technology with new production possibilities. And a whole new world of tools will open up to you, enhancing your professional qualifications and job skills.

Are you ready to see the possibilities awaiting you in the field of biodigital architecture?

Why choose Biodigital Architecture?

  1. Innovative education: Experiment with genetic-driven software, evolutionary processes, emerging systems and scripting.
  2. New vision of cybernetic-digital and environmental processes: Explore concepts such as bio-learning and morphogenesis.
  3. International approach and premier academic staff: Learn with an international teaching body which has made significant contributions to this new cutting-edge field of biodigital architecture. 

About the master's degree

UIC Barcelona's Master's Degree in Biodigital Architecture is a pioneering programme of the ESARQ - School of Architecture at UIC Barcelona that combines architecture, biology and new digital trends. Since the year 2000 this programme has offered a unique approach to architecture from a biological and digital perspective.

The teaching programme establishes points of contact between new cybernetic-digital and ecological-environmental techniques. It incorporates experimental concepts, methods and works that use genetic-driven software, evolutionary processes, emerging systems, algorithms, parametric models and scripting. An innovative view of architecture that draws from areas such as genetic versus generative, natural versus digital and the impact of new biologies.

An avant-garde architecture and design programme that integrates the latest developments in conceptualisation and projection technology: Data-Driven Production, CNC numerical control machines, 3D printers... In short, a non-standard form of architecture that applies and promotes the genetic and digital principles of variation, mutation and hybridisation.

Prospective students

If you have a university degree in Architecture, Engineering, Fine Arts, Design, Landscaping, Biology or Genetics, this is the right master's degree for you. No previous specialised knowledge of cybernetics or ecology is required.

Job Opportunities

Architecture, Engineering, Design, Art, Teaching and Research.

The combination of advanced digital technology applied to architecture and biological knowledge will open up a new, as of yet untapped market. 

Academic accreditation

University Master's Degree (official), which enables you to undertake doctoral studies.

Facilities

Digital manufacturing laboratory and genetics laboratory.

Curriculum and subjects

Introduction to Genetics and Biodigital Architecture

Seminars and conferences on:

  • Metaphysics and Computation
  • Theories of Emergence
  • The Fundamentals of Genetics
  • The Emergent Nature of Life
  • Eco Manipulation
  • Genetic vs. Generative
  • Digital Tools and Organic Forms
  • New Bio and Digital Techniques
  • The work of Antoni Gaudí and Salvador Dalí as a source of Biodigital Architecture

Information Systems:

Digital Tools and Organic Forms

  • Practical classes with training in digital tools such as generative software, parametric associative software, scripting, production tools and CAD/CAM machining, linked to project development

Genetic and Biodigital Architectural Design

  • Studios and workshops including personalised tutorials in order to develop designs and carry out research

Masters dissertation

  • Final presentation of research project.

Admission criteria

In addition to meeting the legal requirements described in the access routes, the Office of Admissions will highly value:

  1. Applications that show sufficient prior training
  2. Transcripts from previous studies
  3. Transferred credits
  4. Descriptions of relevant work experience

Priority will be given to candidates who have completed studies in engineering (preferably industrial engineering) or business management.

Reservation and enrolment

Once accepted, you must pay 20% of the full cost of the master's degree in order to reserve a place

You must pay the remaining 80% in one lump sum once enrolment is complete.



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Software engineers are in high demand, and Bristol is home to many high-tech companies seeking suitable graduates. The MSc Software Engineering gives you the latest knowledge and skills and guides you in applying them to develop different kinds of large, complex software systems. Read more
Software engineers are in high demand, and Bristol is home to many high-tech companies seeking suitable graduates. The MSc Software Engineering gives you the latest knowledge and skills and guides you in applying them to develop different kinds of large, complex software systems. The faculty's Software Engineering Research Group (SERG) reviews the course each year to ensure it provides what students and employees need. Students can link to SERG research and development activities and attend monthly research seminars from senior academics and key industrial professionals.

UWE Bristol's links with industrial partners encourage research and studies, and support the next step into PhD studies and further research. You will be taught by academics and professionals at the cutting edge of research and in collaboration with key partners such as Airbus, P3 Germany, SogeClair France, have the chance to develop advanced knowledge in the engineering of complex software systems, 'systems of systems' and critical aspects of the software development process. The course develops your knowledge and understanding of fundamental and advanced concepts of software engineering, using state-of-the-art techniques and research findings.

Key benefits

This course is accredited by the British Computer society (BCS) and fulfils the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. It also partially meets the academic requirements for CEng status.

Course detail

You'll learn the ethical issues involved in the engineering of software systems and undertake in-depth research in particular areas of software engineering. You'll also acquire the technical skills necessary for requirements engineering, architectural modelling of enterprise systems, implementation, configuration management, quality management, and effective project management applied in a group-based context.

You'll take a reflective and critical approach to your work and develop key transferable skills, such as critical thinking, problem management and research skills and methods underpinned by key emerging topics in software engineering and the MSc dissertation by research and development.

Modules

• Lifecycle Models and Project Management (15 credits)
• Requirements engineering (15 credits)
• Object-oriented analysis, design and programming (15 credits)
• Quality and Configuration Management (15 credits)
• Enterprise and System Architecture Modelling and Development (15 credits)
• Group Software Development Project (30 credits)
• Emerging Topics in Software Engineering (15 credits)
• Dissertation by Research and Development (60 credits)

Format

All modules are classroom-based, with extensive use of UWE Bristol's virtual learning environment, Blackboard. You also attend the campus to sit your exams.

Assessment

Most taught modules have written coursework and exam components. Coursework includes, but is not limited to, critical problem-solving components, advanced programming tasks, critical essays in relation to particular software engineering aspects, and group projects.

Careers / Further study

Graduates have a range of options for starting their software engineering careers, or for further advanced programmes of study. Possible industrial careers include senior roles as software engineers, requirements engineers, enterprise and software architects, configuration and quality managers, and software project managers.

This course paves the way for PhD research studies in software engineering at UWE Bristol, or elsewhere. If you take the PhD route at UWE Bristol, you will have opportunities to work with senior SERG researchers and use some of your MSc Software Engineering modules for some of the 60-credit requirements for the PhD degree.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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Software development is one of the most rapidly evolving industries in the world, presenting an ever-greater number of creative opportunities and exciting challenges. Read more

Software development is one of the most rapidly evolving industries in the world, presenting an ever-greater number of creative opportunities and exciting challenges. Software developers therefore need a special set of skills to keep pace with technology and innovation. Our course gives you the knowledge and confidence to do just that.

We focus on large-scale development of advanced software, teaching you how to make use of the latest frameworks, methodologies and technology to produce professional-quality applications. Crucially, you will also learn how to be an effective member of a development team. With close links to software giants such as Microsoft, Sony, and IBM, we work hard to ensure that our course is always up to date and that our graduates leave with the cutting-edge skills demanded by industry. Therefore, this MSc is appropriate not just for fresh Computer Science graduates, but also for those with existing commercial experience who wish to update their skills and knowledge.

The course begins each September and lasts 12 months. There are two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester. There is an option to take an extra trimester – immediately before the dissertation, adding an extra three months of study but letting you gain insights into industry through a module based on commercial practice, typically working with commercial clients and software.

Studying Computer Science at Hull, you'll benefit from an excellent experience for students, with a supportive student community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft’s DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the department, you can download the software free of charge.

Study information

The MSc Computer Science (Software Engineering) programme is designed to support students with various levels of computing and programming practice experience. There is suitable content on professional skills and the importance of ethics for practising computer scientists. Material on software engineering, referencing and unfair means supports the transition into the postgraduate environment.

As a route into research, the programme supports the development of postgraduate technical skills, alongside critical research, analysis and planning activities.

In lectures you’ll benefit from a range of techniques, from interpreting complex ideas through interactive discussions, to live programming or other problem-solving demonstrations.

Core modules

  • Object Oriented Design and Development Using C#
  • Component-based Architecture
  • Maintaining Large Software Systems
  • Development Project
  • Distributed Applications
  • Trustworthy Computing

Optional modules

  • Computer Science Software Development Practice – pass/fail module
  • The Industrial Experience optional 60-credit single trimester module extends the MSc to a 4-trimester length degree, enabling you to gain meaningful commercial experience.

Dissertation

  • Up to 20,000 words. There is the option of taking this in either trimester 3 or trimester 4, depending on whether you take the Industrial Experience module

Teaching and learning

We place a strong emphasis on practical laboratory sessions. These will significantly develop your core computer science skills, and enhance your employability through exposure to commercial projects.

As teamwork plays a key role in commercial software development and has great value as an employable skill, group work is used in a number of modules.

Assessment

Practical coursework is the main form of assessment, and you will design, build and test software solutions to a variety of problems. This is complemented by written coursework. The largest assessment is the dissertation.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

The MSc Computer Science (Software Engineering) is designed to open up pathways to postgraduate research, as well as careers in a wide range of areas within your discipline. The industrial placement option will enable you to practise your skills and knowledge of computer science in situ, giving you a useful insight and advantage when it comes to starting your career.

We have a range of inspirational extra-curricular activities including the Three Thing Game, Imagine Cup Worldwide Software Development Challenge, Really Useful Seminars and Global Game Jam. They are designed to boost your CV and employability, and taking part costs very little.

Our graduates gain a wide range of roles including: applications developer; business systems analyst; computer analyst; computer programmer; computer operations manager; data management analyst; database assistant; developer support engineer; games programmer; games programmer (engine design); information manager; IT design; IT systems manager; IT technician; IT user support; mobile developer; operations director; software designer; software developer; software engineer; solutions developer; systems engineer technical sales; technical specialist; and web developer.



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This course offers you the opportunity to explore the latest concepts, methods and tools for software engineering. You will investigate state-of-the-art techniques relating to software quality, design and development which will enable you to produce robust and complex systems. Read more
This course offers you the opportunity to explore the latest concepts, methods and tools for software engineering. You will investigate state-of-the-art techniques relating to software quality, design and development which will enable you to produce robust and complex systems.

This hands-on course has been developed in conjunction with our industrial contacts in order to equip you with the skills required by employers. You will develop management techniques, advanced modelling skills and applications that will enable you to progress in your career.

The course is taught by experts who are working in the industry and you will have the opportunity to gain a professional certification. Our course has been developed as part of on-going research on software components and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).

January entrants please note: in order to complete 12 months of academic study delivered in University term time, the total length of your programme will be 18 months to include recognised University vacation periods.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/softwareeng_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will graduate from this course with a thorough understanding of the practical and theoretical issues associated with managing software development. There is an increasingly short supply of talent in software engineering and its management, and you will possess the skills that are highly sought after in the industry.

- Project Manager
- Technical Manager
- IT Manager
- Business Analyst

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

This course offers both hands on knowledge and on up to date theoretical background. You will benefit from our close links with industry, while our own research activities feed into our course teaching. We will help you to develop skills implementing best practices when designing software solutions and strategies.

You will be able to use Visual Paradigm software, a design and management tool for business IT system development, on several modules on this course. This is provided in partnership with Visual Paradigm (http://www.visual-paradigm.com/).

Modules

Advanced Software Engineering (20 Credits)
This module investigates the knowledge and skills you will require to develop quality software systems including contemporary methodologies and techniques for version control, testing and documentation. Content include: Test-driven development tools and techniques. Aspect-oriented software development, Agile SE paradigms, methods, Extreme Programming methods (XP).

Project Management (20 Credits)
Develop your understanding of key project management concepts - primarily the planning, organisation and control of resources in order to move a specific task, event or project toward completion.

Dissertation (40 Credits)
The dissertation / Masters project aims to provide an opportunity for you to engage in research and advanced scholarship in a subject area that is appropriate to your course but of your own choosing.

Research Practice (20 Credits)
This module aims to develop your awareness of the methods and skills which are required in order to carry out Masters level research successfully, and to reflect critically on your own development in the context of your chosen programme of study.

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) (20 Credits)
SOA is a software development paradigm specifically developed for emerging markets in cloud computing and web services. This involves analysing, designing, and managing solutions for SOA. This course will also have opportunity to gain real world certification from SOA systems who is one of the world expertise in this area. Content include: SOA concepts, technology, and design. Web services paradigms, SOA analysis, design, and implementation strategies.

Software Components and Architectures (20 Credits)
Software applications are becoming increasingly complex and their target platforms more diverse. The ability to manage such complexity is essential. This module develops your skills in Components Based Software Engineering (CBSE), in particular modelling techniques, analysing system complexity, and applying best practice design principles.

Software & Systems (20 Credits)
You'll examine the techniques and technologies used in low level systems programming. You'll learn to apply development approaches which are 'core' to the functionality of a modern day computer system.

Design Patterns for Web Development (20 Credits) (Option Module)
Network & Convergence Architectures (20 Credits) (Option Module)
BI Principles (20 Credits) (Option Module)
Mobile Games Prototyping (20 Credits) (Option Module)
Data Warehouse Models & Approaches (20 Credits) (Option Module)
Mobile Application Development (20 Credits) (Option Module)
Critical Perspectives for Information (20 Credits) (Option Module)
Systems, Designs & Innovation (20 Credits) (Option Module)

Facilities

- IT Labs
The University is home to a number of modern specialist IT labs equipped with all the up-to-date hardware and software our computing students could need

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Why this course?. Computer science supports the build, development and use of computer systems. There is a growing need across the world for skilled, advanced computer science professionals. Read more

Why this course?

Computer science supports the build, development and use of computer systems.

There is a growing need across the world for skilled, advanced computer science professionals. This course helps you develop the skills necessary to design and deploy sophisticated modern software systems in a range of application areas.

You’ll improve your practical software engineering skills and learn new theories of software development. This course gives you the necessary qualifications to get a skilled position in the computing industry.

Our courses have some of the highest student satisfaction rates in the UK and our graduates are highly sought after.

You’ll study

Diploma and MSc students will study the following classes:

  • Software Architecture and Design
  • Advanced Topics in Software Engineering
  • Designing Usable Systems
  • Distributed Information Systems
  • Mobile Software and Applications
  • Personal Study
  • Research Methods

You can also take a tailored programme of options from our other Masters classes. This allows you to graduate with a degree in Advanced Computer Science. Those who progress to the Masters will undertake an individual project.

Individual project/dissertation (MSc students only)

You’ll take on an individual research project on an approved topic related to your selected pathway. You’ll pursue a specific interest in further depth, giving scope for original thought, research and technical presentation of complex ideas.

Learning & teaching

The course is taught through lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories.

Careers

There'll be opportunities for you to meet industry employers and take part in recruitment events.

As a graduate of advanced software engineering you could be an analyst, architect or developer. There's a demand for advanced practitioners and researchers in the growing area of embedded systems development.



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This course aims to equip students for professional careers in this important field of software systems. It provides a practical understanding of the issues relating to the design, analysis and implementation of modern software systems. Read more

This course aims to equip students for professional careers in this important field of software systems. It provides a practical understanding of the issues relating to the design, analysis and implementation of modern software systems.

With the IT sector expanding rapidly around the world, there has never been a better time to develop specialist software engineering skills. This course will give you an understanding of the latest software engineering technologies used to address today's challenges in software development.

You will become familiar with a broad range of current scholarship work in software engineering, learning how to research and review published work. Your studies will also give you a practical understanding of the issues relating to the design, analysis and implementation of modern software systems, and you will have opportunities to meet speakers from the industry, including potential employers. In short, this course prepares you for a professional career or research in this important field.

The Internship Course seeks to provide the same rigorous and challenging programme of professional practice as the MSc Software Engineering but has the added advantage of including a 6 months internship incorporated into the period of study. This makes it ideal for students seeking to add a practical dimension to their studies and understand the demands of workplace supervision and management. Internship opportunities exist throughout the computing industry within the UK.

Course detail

This course is suitable for you if you have a background in IT and want to specialise in software engineering. It helps you build the skills needed to work with modern software systems in an industrial context, and to develop an appreciation of all features of commercial software engineering. You will use industry-standard technologies, and have the opportunity to specialise in topics ranging from software project management to implementation techniques. The internship will come at the end of the course following the successful completion of all taught modules.

During the Internship you will work for 6 months with an employer. The internship allows you to apply your theoretical knowledge to a practical work-based situation. It will allow you to improve existing skills and acquire new ones, explore various career opportunities, network and be part of a team. This will improve your understanding of the world of work and professional practice in the workplace. It will also enhance your career prospects, allowing you to focus on your potential career path.

Modules

This is an indicative listing of modules for the course:

  • Mobile Web Component Development 
  • Distributed Application Development 
  • Advanced Topics in Software Engineering 
  • Research Methods 
  • Employability Skills & Employment 
  • Learning and Professional Development
  • Dissertation 
  • HCI for Information Systems (Optional) 
  • Principles of Project Management (Optional) 
  • Consultancy and Technical Innovation (Optional)
  • Security Management (Optional) 
  • Programming Support (Optional) 
  • Enterprise Architecture (Optional)
  • Knowledge Management (Optional)
  • Data Architecture (Optional)

Assessment

course assessed work is a significant part of the total assessment. There is practical work, report writing, critical academic writing and the skills and knowledge gained in these contribute to a capacity to deliver a high quality dissertation.

There are a number of end of module exams. Course tutors provide appropriate support throughout the module to ensure candidates are well prepared.

Jobs and placements

The School of Computing and Engineering has several links with industry, creating opportunities for work placements and internships for our best students. We have set up a number of successful knowledge transfer partnerships, where we provide our expertise to real-world projects.

Career and study progression

This course aims to help you towards a rewarding position in the software industry, such as software architect, solution architect, project manager or senior software developer.

You can go on to further study at the level of MPhil / PhD. We actively encourage students with potential for research to make their interest known early on in their course.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.



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This course aims to equip students for professional careers in this important field of software systems. It provides a practical understanding of the issues relating to the design, analysis and implementation of modern software systems. Read more

This course aims to equip students for professional careers in this important field of software systems. It provides a practical understanding of the issues relating to the design, analysis and implementation of modern software systems.

With the IT sector expanding rapidly around the world, there has never been a better time to develop specialist software engineering skills. This course will give you an understanding of the latest software engineering technologies used to address today's challenges in software development.

You will become familiar with a broad range of current scholarship work in software engineering, learning how to research and review published work. Your studies will also give you a practical understanding of the issues relating to the design, analysis and implementation of modern software systems, and you will have opportunities to meet speakers from the industry, including potential employers. In short, this course prepares you for a professional career or research in this important field.

Course detail

This course is suitable for you if you have a background in IT and want to specialise in software engineering. It helps you build the skills needed to work with modern software systems in an industrial context, and to develop an appreciation of all features of commercial software engineering. You will use industry-standard technologies, and have the opportunity to specialise in topics ranging from software project management to implementation techniques.

Modules

  • Mobile Web Component Development 
  • Distributed Application Development 
  • Advanced Topics in Software Engineering 
  • Research Methods 
  • Employability Skills & Employment 
  • Learning and Professional Development
  • Dissertation 
  • HCI for Information Systems (Optional) 
  • Principles of Project Management (Optional) 
  • Consultancy and Technical Innovation (Optional)
  • Security Management (Optional) 
  • Programming Support (Optional) 
  • Enterprise Architecture (Optional)
  • Knowledge Management (Optional)
  • Data Architecture (Optional)

Format

Diverse methods are used to explore all aspects of the field. A strong supportive culture exists amongst the course tutors which enable students achieve their potential.

Learning materials used: good levels of access to computer facilities. The academic and professional elements are well supported by the university library and a good range of digital resources.

Assessment

Course assessed work is a significant part of the total assessment. There is practical work, report writing, critical academic writing and the skills and knowledge gained in these contribute to a capacity to deliver a high quality dissertation.

There are a number of end of module exams. Course tutors provide appropriate support throughout the module to ensure candidates are well prepared.

Career and study progression

This course aims to help you towards a rewarding position in the software industry, such as software architect, solution architect, project manager or senior software developer.

Outstanding graduates have gone on to further study at the level of MPhil and PhD at UWL and at other institutions.

We actively encourage students with potential for research to make their interest known early on in their course.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.



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The global environmental and energy challenge facing current and future generations of architects and building professionals calls for a deeper understanding of the principles of environmental design, and their effective application into architectural practice worldwide. Read more

The global environmental and energy challenge facing current and future generations of architects and building professionals calls for a deeper understanding of the principles of environmental design, and their effective application into architectural practice worldwide. Over the last decades Environmental Design as a subject area has developed, responding to new research and experimentation, both in academia and in practice. However, buildings claiming to be environmentally conscious do not perform to the expected standards, still heavily contributing to global CO2 emissions and often providing unsatisfactory comfort conditions to occupants. The same can be said for the existing built environment which is largely outdated and underperforming, requiring urgent implementation of effective retrofit strategies. This is due to a lack of comprehensive performance prediction and feedback protocols, which are still not common practice in architectural design.

Students on this course will take a fresh critical look at this subject. Here you will gain the knowledge and tools to make informed design decisions based on post-occupancy feedback and performance analysis, towards a new paradigm of environmental architecture, which is environmentally and energy conscious, yet sensitive to the contextual and socio-cultural landscape we live in. You will learn environmental design methods which relate to the various stages of architectural design. You will be able to evaluate existing buildings and design new ones following a combined bioclimatic and building occupant focused approach. In the core design modules you will follow an evidence-based design approach where the acquisition of specialised software and analytical tools will be directly applied to an evaluation or design project.

This interdisciplinary and international course will provide you with skills that can be applied to diverse building typologies and global climatic, environmental and contextual issues. On completion of this course you will have a thorough understanding of the principles and methodology of environmental design and will develop critical thinking skills to challenge established practices. You will hold the knowledge and the practical tools to better understand existing buildings for retrofit and to design new ones – positively driving change in this field and moving towards a truly environmentally conscious architecture.

The course covers both the wider contextual and sustainable approach to environmental design, and the more technical aspects of environmentally and energy conscious building design and performance. As well as taught modules, you will take design-based modules where you will apply quantitative and qualitative analysis to the study of existing built environments and to new design projects.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

Career path

This course will give you skills that can be used both in architectural practice and in environmental design consultancy. The research issues explored in your final thesis project could also lead to further research and an academic career through the path of a PhD degree in a number of related fields.



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This course addresses the need for creative professionals who are equipped with the IT skills, digital fabrication skills, simulation software skills, or the ability to design custom-software development tools to solve unique design problems. Read more

This course addresses the need for creative professionals who are equipped with the IT skills, digital fabrication skills, simulation software skills, or the ability to design custom-software development tools to solve unique design problems.

Overview

This course addresses the need for creative professionals who are equipped with the IT skills, digital fabrication skills, simulation software skills, or the ability to design custom-software development tools to solve unique design problems. Our multidisciplinary approach will provide students with the knowledge and skills to discover innovative computational methods for use in the creative and design industries. In particular, we will look at form-finding using parametric and generative methods, preparing digital information for further rigorous analysis, and integrating the logic of digital fabrication into the early stages of design.

You will be taught by experts across the subjects of architecture, computer science and engineering, which will give you a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to looking at design.

The ethos of the course is based on the concept of rigorous creativity where algorithmic thinking, systematic parametric design, analytic methods, creative intuition and tectonic sensibilities are integrated into a more innovative design outcome than traditional methods currently allow.

During the course, you will be able to develop and specialise in areas of interest to you through a range of optional modules and your choice of dissertation topic. Topics you may specialise in include algorithmic thinking in parametric design and form-finding, performance-based design and analysis, or design for digital fabrication.

Distinctive features

  • Study in one of the top Schools of Architecture in the UK
  • Learn innovative algorithmic design methods in architecture.
  • Build your own digital tools through visual programming and scripting.
  • Gain practical experience with our in-house advanced digital fabrication equipment, including a large industrial robotic arm.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary teamwork that mirrors professional practice.
  • Benefit from multi-disciplinary expertise from research staff across the schools of architecture, computer science and engineering.
  • Tailor your learning to your own interests and needs and develop specific expertise through optional modules and a student-led research project.

Learning and assessment

We aim to provide an exceptional environment for computational methods in architecture education and reflect our current research strengths and interests. This programme has been carefully designed to enable you to realise your maximum potential. We aim to deliver expert teaching, and comprehensive pastoral care.

The methods of teaching we employ will vary from module to module, as appropriate depending on the subject matter and the method of assessment. We teach using a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, and one-on-one and group tutorials. Lectures will explain overall concepts, seminars and workshops will guide you through the technical aspects of the module, and one-on-one and group tutorials will answer questions and help you with your project. Teaching also includes the provision of online learning materials as appropriate to the module.

The dissertation element of the programme is conducted through the process of design, continuing on from your taught modules completed in the first part of the course. We advise that you continue to meet with your tutor on a weekly basis. This is usually followed by a period of reflection and writing where you will work independently under the guidance of your tutor and under the supervision of the programme leader or another member of the academic staff.

Career prospects

Whilst many of our graduates may choose to undertake a career within architecture or other built environment professions (e.g. engineering and construction, landscape, interior design), the programme provides a large number of transferable skills which will be of benefit across a wide range of professions.

The knowledge and skills gained in computational methods such as 3D modelling, rendering, animation, parametric design, digital fabrication, and building information modelling (BIM) are highly desired by employers from various industries who are seeking experts with IT skills. Examples include: furniture designers, jewellery design firms, graphic design firms, computer game development firms, and even movie and theatre set design firms. These companies regularly need IT skills, digital fabrication skills, simulation software skills, or custom-software development tools to solve unique design problems.

The focus on independent, project based learning as well as the ability to solve complex problems individually and in groups is often welcomed by employers in that it provides graduates with skills in creative thinking, conceptual organisation, critical reflection and taking initiative.



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