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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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The Advanced Software Engineering with Management MSc is an advanced study pathway that aims to provide computer graduates with a thorough understanding of the role of IT in business, and how information systems impact on trade and organisational processes. Read more

The Advanced Software Engineering with Management MSc is an advanced study pathway that aims to provide computer graduates with a thorough understanding of the role of IT in business, and how information systems impact on trade and organisational processes. The course also introduces core management theories and essential problem-solving skills in preparation for senior roles in the IT industry.

Key benefits

  • Located in central London, giving access to major libraries and leading scientific societies, including the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • You will learn advanced software engineering skills preparing you for leading creative roles in the professional and research communities.
  • You will develop critical awareness and appreciation of the changing role of computing in society and motivating you to pursue further professional development and research.
  • Frequent access to speakers of international repute through seminars and external lectures, enabling you to keep abreast of emerging knowledge in advanced computing and related fields. 
  • The Department of Informatics has a reputation for delivering research-led teaching and project supervision from leading experts in their field.

Description

The Advanced Software Engineering with Management MSc course focuses on innovative techniques for the development of software systems, with an emphasis on the construction and management of internet-oriented, agent-oriented and large software systems. You will develop your expertise and skills in software engineering, preparing you for a career in software engineering, software maintenance and software testing. The programme will also equip you with essential research, analytical and critical thinking skills.

The course is made up of optional and required modules, and you will complete the course in one year, studying September to September. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification, and 60 credits will come from an individual project of 15000 words. You will also participate in a group project that will provide you with invaluable experience of working in a team to design, implement and document a substantial software product.

Course purpose

For graduates with substantial experience of computer science, this programme will develop your expertise and skills in software engineering, preparing you for a career in software engineering, software maintenance and software testing. Research for your individual project will provide valuable preparation for a career in research or industry.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Assessment

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written examinations, essays, coursework and individual or group projects and oral presentations. 

Extra information

Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the Strand Campus, with occasional lectures and practical sessions taking place at the Waterloo Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Career prospects

Our graduates have continued on to have very successful careers working for software consultancy companies, specialised software development businesses and the IT departments of large institutions (financial, telecommunications and public sector). Recent employers include Ernst & Young, Accenture and M-Netics. While some of our graduates have entered into the field of academic and industrial research in areas such as software engineering, algorithms and computer networks.

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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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Whether it's the computers in our offices, the smartphones in our pockets, the electrics in our cars or the technology that enables us to monitor patients in critical care, software is at the heart of our society. Read more

Whether it's the computers in our offices, the smartphones in our pockets, the electrics in our cars or the technology that enables us to monitor patients in critical care, software is at the heart of our society. This MSc programme focuses on advanced theoretical and practical techniques in program design, and the management of software project risk.

This programme will:

  • Teach you advanced techniques in program design
  • Allow you to study key issues of interactive system design
  • Teach you the mathematical foundations of software and the practical application of these techniques
  • Focus on discovering ways of mitigating risk in large scale software engineering projects
  • Enable you to pursue roles in areas such as software design and engineering, web development, project management and IT consulting.

We have a new MSc Software Engineering and Security pathway to the MSc Software Engineering degree. If you are interested in this pathway, you need to apply for the MSc Software Engineering programme and take the pre-requisite modules and then you would be able to graduate with the MSc Software Engineering and Security.

Security, authentication and identity management have grown substantially in importance in recent years, and there is significant demand in both the commercial and national/local government sectors for software engineers with a good grasp of these areas hence introducing a pathway in Security.

NB: Students will need to take and pass the following modules in order to be eligible for the pathway title MSc in Software Engineering with Security.

ECS726P - Security and Authentication (semester 2)

ECS760 - Distributed Systems and Security semester 2)

ECS715P - Program Specifications (semester 1)

ECS737P - Software Analysis and Verification (semester 2)

ECS738 - Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis (semester 2)

Why study your MSc in Software Engineering at Queen Mary?

Our research-led approach

Your tuition will be delivered by field leading academics engaged in world class research projects in collaboration with industry, external institutions and research councils.

Our strong links with industry

  • We have collaborations, partnerships, industrial placement schemes and public engagement programmes with a variety of organisations, including Vodafone, Google, IBM, BT, NASA, BBC and Microsoft
  • Full-time MSc with Industrial Experience option available on our taught MSc programmes. You have the option to complete over two years, with a year of work experience in industry.
  • Industrial projects scheme - To support industrial experience development, you can do your final project in collaboration with an industrial partner.

Structure

Programme structure

MSc Software Engineering is currently available for one year full-time study, two years part-time study.

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Part-time

Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.

Important note regarding Part Time Study

We regret that, due to complex timetabling constraints, we are not able to guarantee that lectures and labs for part time students will be limited to two days per week, neither do we currently support any evening classes. If you have specific enquiries about the timetabling of part time courses, please contact the MSc Administrator

Semester 1 (Maximum of 4 modules to be taken in Semester 1)

Select at least one from:

 Functional Programming

 Program Specifications

 Big Data Processing

 

Further options:

 Machine Learning

 Introduction to IOT

 Semi-Structured Data and Advanced Data Modelling

 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming

Semester 2 (Maximum of 4 modules to be taken in Semester 2)

Select at least two from:

 Real Time & Critical Systems

 Interactive Systems Design

 Software Analysis and Verification

 Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis

 

Further options from:

 Mobile Services

 Security and Authentication 

 The Semantic Web

 Advanced Object Oriented Programming

 Cloud Computing

 Data Analytics

 Parallel Computing

 Distributing Systems

Semester 3

 Project



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The Advanced Software Engineering MSc is a newly redesigned course that enables graduates enable students to extend their knowledge of, and gain valuable experience in, software engineering as it applies to a number of new and important areas of IT and computing. Read more

The Advanced Software Engineering MSc is a newly redesigned course that enables graduates enable students to extend their knowledge of, and gain valuable experience in, software engineering as it applies to a number of new and important areas of IT and computing.

Graduates will be able to follow a flexible program of study designed to lead to, and enhance, a career in software engineering with a focus on new technologies and areas of application, such as cybersecurity, big data, or mobile application development.

The rapid pace of technical change in software development is notorious and this has been accompanied and compounded by an increase in the complexity of the systems that are developed. Recently this has been most noticeable in the increase in mobile computing and the use of sophisticated hardware that require developer knowledge of new paradigms.

Many applications that run on these systems whether mobile or stationary are distributed in nature and will consume web services provided by service-oriented architectures and cloud-based platforms. There has also been an increase in the use of virtualisation techniques for providing flexible and maintainable systems. Businesses are now regularly using virtualised systems and techniques to lower cost and complexity and increase availability in computing environments.

The surge in cybersecurity issues and threats facing businesses and organisations that depend on IT systems has meant that software engineers need a thorough understanding of security when building and maintaining software applications and systems.

There is an acknowledged national shortage of IT and computing skills in the workforce. In the specific area of software development, a number of factors contribute to this. Most obviously, the rate of technological change means that an individual's specific knowledge frequently becomes out of date. Secondly, many significant technological developments originate in industry rather than academia, and are not yet firmly embedded in undergraduate curricula. Finally, many people enter the software industry without a specific educational background in computer science and acquire much vital knowledge in the workplace in relatively ad hoc ways.

In response to this, for many years the Department of Computer Science has been running courses that combine an emphasis on methodical approaches to the development of software applications and information systems with a determination to equip graduates with a portfolio of relevant research-oriented and practical skills and knowledge to compliment and expand their own knowledge.

The rationale behind the MSc in Advanced Software Engineering is to draw on this experience to provide an education that will cover in-depth specific skills and best current practice in software development where there is currently a significant skills shortage, whilst at the same time instilling important research-based skills that will equip students for independent lifelong learning in fast-changing and technically challenging environment.

The Masters of Science in Advanced Software Engineering takes into account the emerging needs of industry underpinned by theory and software engineering practices. As a consequence the modules emphasise both the critical conceptual underpinnings as well as the practical skills for each subject.

Professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for fully meeting the further learning educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status and for partially satisfying the underpinning knowledge requirements set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) and the Science Council for Chartered or Incorporated Engineer (CEng or IEng) status. Note that there are additional requirements, including work experience, to achieve full CITP, CEng, or IEng status. Graduates of this accredited degree will also be eligible for professional membership of BCS (MBCS).

The BCS accreditation is an indicator of the programme’s quality to students and employers; it is also an important benchmark of the programme’s standard in providing high quality computing education, and commitment to developing future IT professionals that have the potential to achieve Chartered status. The programme is also likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Career path

Career prospects for Software Engineering students are excellent and students on graduation can be expected to follow these typical career routes:

Graduate career roles

Programmer, web developer, junior specialist developer and software developer.

Early to mid-career roles

Computer systems analysts, computer system engineers, software QA, database administrators, research and development, network systems administration and software engineer.

Senior roles

Senior application developer, lead developer, chief technical officer, lead researcher, senior systems architect or analyst.



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The Advanced Software Engineering MSc is a newly redesigned course that enables graduates enable students to extend their knowledge of, and gain valuable experience in, software engineering as it applies to a number of new and important areas of IT and computing. Read more

The Advanced Software Engineering MSc is a newly redesigned course that enables graduates enable students to extend their knowledge of, and gain valuable experience in, software engineering as it applies to a number of new and important areas of IT and computing.

Graduates will be able to follow a flexible program of study designed to lead to, and enhance, a career in software engineering with a focus on new technologies and areas of application, such as cybersecurity, big data, or mobile application development.

The rapid pace of technical change in software development is notorious and this has been accompanied and compounded by an increase in the complexity of the systems that are developed. Recently this has been most noticeable in the increase in mobile computing and the use of sophisticated hardware that require developer knowledge of new paradigms.

Many applications that run on these systems whether mobile or stationary are distributed in nature and will consume web services provided by service-oriented architectures and cloud-based platforms. There has also been an increase in the use of virtualisation techniques for providing flexible and maintainable systems. Businesses are now regularly using virtualised systems and techniques to lower cost and complexity and increase availability in computing environments.

The surge in cybersecurity issues and threats facing businesses and organisations that depend on IT systems has meant that software engineers need a thorough understanding of security when building and maintaining software applications and systems.

There is an acknowledged national shortage of IT and computing skills in the workforce. In the specific area of software development, a number of factors contribute to this. Most obviously, the rate of technological change means that an individual's specific knowledge frequently becomes out of date. Secondly, many significant technological developments originate in industry rather than academia, and are not yet firmly embedded in undergraduate curricula. Finally, many people enter the software industry without a specific educational background in computer science and acquire much vital knowledge in the workplace in relatively ad hoc ways.

In response to this, for many years the Department of Computer Science has been running courses that combine an emphasis on methodical approaches to the development of software applications and information systems with a determination to equip graduates with a portfolio of relevant research-oriented and practical skills and knowledge to compliment and expand their own knowledge.

The rationale behind the MSc in Advanced Software Engineering is to draw on this experience to provide an education that will cover in-depth specific skills and best current practice in software development where there is currently a significant skills shortage, whilst at the same time instilling important research-based skills that will equip students for independent lifelong learning in fast-changing and technically challenging environment.

The Masters of Science in Advanced Software Engineering takes into account the emerging needs of industry underpinned by theory and software engineering practices. As a consequence the modules emphasise both the critical conceptual underpinnings as well as the practical skills for each subject.

Career path

Career prospects for Software Engineering students are excellent and students on graduation can be expected to follow these typical career routes:

Graduate career roles

Programmer, web developer, junior specialist developer and software developer.

Early to mid-career roles

Computer systems analysts, computer system engineers, software QA, database administrators, research and development, network systems administration and software engineer.

Senior roles

Senior application developer, lead developer, chief technical officer, lead researcher, senior systems architect or analyst.



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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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Whether it's the computers in our offices, the smartphones in our pockets, the electrics in our cars or the technology that enables us to monitor patients in critical care, software is at the heart of our society. Read more

Whether it's the computers in our offices, the smartphones in our pockets, the electrics in our cars or the technology that enables us to monitor patients in critical care, software is at the heart of our society. This MSc programme focuses on advanced theoretical and practical techniques in program design, and the management of software project risk.

This programme will:

  • Teach you advanced techniques in program design
  • Allow you to study key issues of interactive system design
  • Teach you the mathematical foundations of software and the practical application of these techniques
  • Focus on discovering ways of mitigating risk in large scale software engineering projects
  • Enable you pursue roles in areas such as software design and engineering, web development, project management and IT consulting.

We offer Industrial Experience options on all our full-time taught MSc programmes, which combine academic study with a one-year industrial placement between your taught modules and summer project. Taking the Industrial Experience option as part of your degree gives you a route to develop real-world, practical problem-solving skills gained through your programme of study in a professional context.

This can give you an important edge in the graduate job market. The Industrial Experience programmes are highly competitive and attract the best students given the limited availability of placements.

We have a new MSc Software Engineering and Security pathway to the MSc Software Engineering degree. If you are interested in this pathway you need to apply for the MSc Software Engineering programme and take the pre-requisite modules and then you would be able to graduate with the MSc Software Engineering and Security.

Security, authentication and identity management have grown substantially in importance in recent years, and there is significant demand in both the commercial and national/local government sectors for software engineers with a good grasp of these areas hence introducing a pathway in Security.

NB: Students will need to take and pass the following modules in order to be eligible for the pathway title MSc in Software Engineering with Security.

ECS726P - Security and Authentication (semester 2)

ECS760 - Distributed Systems and Security semester 2)

ECS715P - Program Specifications (semester 1)

ECS737P - Software Analysis and Verification (semester 2)

ECS738 - Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis (semester 2)

Industrial Experience

The industrial placement currently takes place towards the end of the first year for a maximum of 12 months. It is the student’s responsibility to secure their placement, the school will offer guidance and support in finding and securing the placement but the onus is on the student to secure the job and arrange the details of the placement.

Currently if you are not able to secure a placement by the end of your second semester we will transfer you onto the 1 year FT taught programme without the Industrial Experience, this change would also be applied to any visa if you were here on a student visa.

The industrial placement consists of 8-12 months spent working with an appropriate employer in a role that relates directly to your field of study. The placement is currently undertaken between the taught component and the project. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply the key technical knowledge and skills that you have learnt in your taught modules, and will enable you to gain a better understanding of your own abilities, aptitudes, attitudes and employment potential. The module is only open to students enrolled on a programme of study with integrated placement.

Why study your MSc in Software Engineering at Queen Mary?

Our research-led approach

Your tuition will be delivered by field leading academics engaged in world class research projects in collaboration with industry, external institutions and research councils.

Our strong links with industry

  • We have collaborations, partnerships, industrial placement schemes and public engagement programmes with a variety of organisations, including Vodafone, Google, IBM, BT, NASA, BBC and Microsoft.
  • Full-time MSc with Industrial Experience option available on our taught MSc programmes. You have the option to complete over two years, with a year of work experience in industry.
  • We have collaborations, partnerships, industrial placement schemes and public engagement programmes with a variety of organisations, including Vodafone, Google, IBM, BT, NASA, BBC and Microsoft.
  • Full-time MSc with Industrial Experience option available on our taught MSc programmes. You have the option to complete over two years, with a year of work experience in industry.
  • Industrial projects scheme - To support industrial experience development, you can do your final project in collaboration with an industrial partner.

Structure

You will study four taught modules per semester followed by written examinations and the MSc research project (dissertation).

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Part-time

Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place.

Year 1

Semester 1 (Maximum of 4 modules to be taken in Semester 1)

Select at least one from:

  • Big Data Processing
  • Functional Programming
  • Program Specifications

Further options:

  • Introduction to IOT
  • Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • Machine Learning
  • Semi-Structured Data and Advanced Data Modelling

Semester 2 (Maximum of 4 modules to be taken in Semester 2)

Select at least two from:

  • Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis
  • Interactive Systems Design
  • Real Time & Critical Systems
  • Software Analysis and Verification

Further options from:

  • Advanced Object Oriented Programming
  • Cloud Computing
  • Data Analytics
  • Distributing Systems
  • Mobile Services
  • Parallel Computing
  • Security and Authentication 
  • The Semantic Web

Semester 3

  •  Project

Year 2

  • Industrial Placement Project


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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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The Advanced Software Engineering MSc is an advanced study pathway that provides computer graduates with a thorough understanding of the role of IT in business, and how information systems impact on trade and organisational processes. Read more

The Advanced Software Engineering MSc is an advanced study pathway that provides computer graduates with a thorough understanding of the role of IT in business, and how information systems impact on trade and organisational processes.

Key benefits

  • Located in central London, giving access to major libraries and leading scientific societies, including the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) , and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • You will learn advanced software engineering skills preparing you for leading creative roles in the professional and research communities.
  • You will develop critical awareness and appreciation of the changing role of computing in society and motivating you to pursue further professional development and research.
  • Frequent access to speakers of international repute through seminars and external lectures, enabling you to keep abreast of emerging knowledge in advanced computing and related fields.
  • The Department of Informatics has a reputation for delivering research-led teaching and project supervision from leading experts in their field.

Description

The Advanced Software Engineering MSc course focuses on complex techniques for the development of software systems, with an emphasis on the construction and management of internet-oriented, agent-oriented and large software systems. The programme will also equip you with essential research, analytical and critical thinking skills.

The course is made up of optional and required modules, and you will complete the course in one year, studying September to September. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification, and 60 credits will come from an individual project of around 15,000 words. You will also participate in a group project that will provide you with invaluable experience of working in a team to design, implement and document a substantial software product.

Course purpose

For graduates with substantial experience of computer science, this programme will develop your expertise and skills in software engineering, preparing you for a career in software engineering, software maintenance and software testing. Research for your individual project will provide valuable preparation for a career in research or industry.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Assessment

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written examinations, essays, coursework and individual or group projects and oral presentations. The research project will be assessed on a 15,000-word dissertation.  

Extra information

Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the Strand Campus, with occasional lectures and practical sessions taking place at the Waterloo Campus. 

Career prospects

Our graduates have continued on to have very successful careers working for software consultancy companies, specialised software development businesses and the IT departments of large institutions (financial, telecommunications and public sector). Recent employers include Ernst & Young, Accenture and M-Netics. Some of our graduates have entered into the field of academic and industrial research in areas such as software engineering, algorithms and computer networks.

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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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Whether it's the computers in our offices, the smartphones in our pockets, the electrics in our cars or the technology that enables us to monitor patients in critical care, software is at the heart of our society. Read more
Whether it's the computers in our offices, the smartphones in our pockets, the electrics in our cars or the technology that enables us to monitor patients in critical care, software is at the heart of our society. This MSc programme focuses on advanced theoretical and practical techniques in program design, and the management of software project risk.

This programme will:

-Teach you advanced techniques in program design
-Allow you to study key issues of interactive system design
-Teach you the mathematical foundations of software and the practical application of these techniques
-Focus on discovering ways of mitigating risk in large scale software engineering projects
-Enable you pursue roles in areas such as software design and engineering, web development, project management and IT consulting.
-We offer Industrial Experience options on all our full-time taught MSc programmes, which combine academic study with a one-year industrial placement between your taught modules and summer project. Taking the Industrial Experience option as part of your degree gives you a route to develop real-world, practical problem-solving skills gained through your programme of study in a professional context.

This can give you an important edge in the graduate job market. As a leading research School, we have excellent links with industry. We also employ dedicated staff to help you arrange your year in industry. The Industrial Experience programmes are highly competitive and attract the best students given the limited availability of placements. We are unable to guarantee all students secure an industrial placement, as our industrial partners conduct their own employment application and interview processes.

We have a new MSc Software Engineering and Security pathway to the MSc Software Engineering degree. If you are interested in this pathway you need to apply for the MSc Software Engineering programme and take the pre-requisite modules and then you would be able to graduate with the MSc Software Engineering and Security.

Security, authentication and identity management have grown substantially in importance in recent years, and there is significant demand in both the commercial and national/local government sectors for software engineers with a good grasp of these areas hence introducing a pathway in Security.

NB: Students will need to take and pass the following modules in order to be eligible for the pathway title MSc in Software Engineering with Security.

ECS726P - Security and Authentication (semester 2)

ECS760 - Distributed Systems and Security semester 2)

ECS715P - Program Specifications (semester 1)

ECS737P - Software Analysis and Verification (semester 2)

ECS738 - Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis (semester 2)

Industrial Experience

The industrial placement currently takes place towards the end of the first year for a maximum of 12 months. It is the student’s responsibility to secure their placement, the school will offer guidance and support in finding and securing the placement but the onus is on the student to secure the job and arrange the details of the placement.

Currently if you are not able to secure a placement by the end of your second semester we will transfer you onto the 1 year FT taught programme without the Industrial Experience, this change would also be applied to any visa if you were here on a student visa.

The industrial placement consists of 8-12 months spent working with an appropriate employer in a role that relates directly to your field of study. The placement is currently undertaken between the taught component and the project. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply the key technical knowledge and skills that you have learnt in your taught modules, and will enable you to gain a better understanding of your own abilities, aptitudes, attitudes and employment potential. The module is only open to students enrolled on a programme of study with integrated placement.

If you do not secure a placement you will be transferred onto the 1 year FT programme.

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Software Engineering is a well-established, central part of Computer Science, and concerned with the design and use of techniques to support humans to build… Read more

Software Engineering is a well-established, central part of Computer Science, and concerned with the design and use of techniques to support humans to build software systems that are reliable, adaptable, usable, maintainable, etc, despite the fact that they are usually developed by large groups of people with different ideas, conceptualisations, or working styles, and against a tight schedule and possibly conflicting or unclear requirements. The understanding and mastering of these techniques is essential both for people who are part of this group and for those managing such a group or project.

The Software Engineering pathway combines two themes of the same name, Software Engineering 1 & 2. These themes covers both an overview of existing approaches to Software Engineering, and two particular approaches at the forefront of Software Engineering research and practice; Pattern-based and Component-based Software Development.

Teaching and learning

Computational thinking is becoming increasingly pervasive and is informing our understanding of phenomena across a range of areas; from engineering and physical sciences, to business and society. This is reflected in the way the Manchester course is taught, with students able to choose from an extremely broad range of units that not only cover core computer science topics, but that draw on our interdisciplinary research strengths in areas such as Medical and Health Sciences, Life Sciences and Humanities.

Coursework and assessment

Lectures and seminars are supported by practical exercises that impart skills as well as knowledge. These skills are augmented through an MSc project that enables students to put into practice the techniques they have been taught throughout the course.

Facilities

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

Students following the Software Engineering pathway have all the career choices and options as described for general Advanced Computer Science.

In addition, students of this pathway are ideally placed to work in positions requiring an understanding of modern Software Engineering techniques and tools. This includes the obvious positions in the games industry, but also positions in finance, commerce, software project management, etc.

We maintain close relationships with potential employers and run various activities throughout the year, including career fairs, guest lectures, and projects run jointly with partners from industry. This is managed by our Employability Tutor; see the School of Computer Science's employability pages for more information.

Accrediting organisations

This programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with a CEng accredited Bachelors programme.



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With the advent of ever more sophisticated and powerful computer environments, the techniques needed to develop and produce the software to run on these systems are themselves becoming increasingly complex. Read more

With the advent of ever more sophisticated and powerful computer environments, the techniques needed to develop and produce the software to run on these systems are themselves becoming increasingly complex. This course is unique in that it combines software engineering with high performance computing, giving you the tools and techniques that employers are looking for and an advantage in the job market.

This specialist option of the MSc Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering offers a unique insight into the development of computer applications across a wide spectrum of modern computing environments, from multi-core CPUs to specialist GPUs to Cloud Computing, all of which are relevant to the IT industry today.

Who is it for?

If you intend to make a career in software development, whether it is in the data centre, on the desktop or in the rapidly expanding mobile application space, you need to have a strong basis in software engineering. This course is unique in that it combines software engineering with high performance computing, giving you the tools and techniques that employers are looking for and an advantage in the job market.

Why this course?

Cranfield University has many years of specialist knowledge and experience in High Performance Computing. We are able to offer a unique insight into the development of computer applications across a wide spectrum of modern computing environments, from multi-core CPUs to specialist GPUs to Cloud Computing, all of which are relevant to the IT industry today.

We introduce students to parallel software development on the desktop, the super-computer and in the Cloud. Each platform has its own challenges and this course ensure that students become familiar with the best approach to writing software for each one.

Cranfield University is very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. Part-time students have a flexible commencement date.

This Msc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students

Course details

The course consists of twelve core modules, including a group design project, plus an individual research project. The course is delivered via a combination of structured lectures, tutorial sessions and computer based workshops.

The C++ and Java programming modules, combined with the Software Engineering course, provide the basis of the academic programme and act as a starting point for the more specialist modules encountered later on. The various computational technology platforms are then introduced, giving students both theoretical and hands-on experience of programming in multi-core, General Purpose CPU, distributed and Cloud computing environments.

Group project

The process of software production is rarely an activity undertaken by an individual developer. In today’s software industry, many different specialists are required to contribute to the creation of software. To ensure a high level of quality in the final product, different roles and responsibilities must be brought together into a single team and therefore clear lines of communication between team members are crucial if the project is to be a success.

An important part of this MSc course is the group project, in which we define a realistic problem and ask each group to propose and implement a solution. It is generally a 6 week project taking place between February and March. Members of each group must decide how to organise themselves, assigning roles to each person.

The group project is an opportunity for you to experience first-hand how a software development team is organised and how the different roles contribute to the final product. This is a chance for you to develop an insight into the organisation of development teams in industry, and allows you to understand what is expected from you once you enter employment.

Part-time students are encouraged to participate in a group project as it provides a wealth of learning opportunities. However, an option of an individual dissertation is available if agreed with the Course Director.

Individual project

The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest. All projects are based on real research, whether it is an area of interest for members of the department, or as part of an active research project funded by industry. In some cases our industrial partners sponsor specific research projects into real world problems or areas of development that are of direct interest to them. In recent years, students have proposed their own ideas for their research project. You will generally begin to consider the research project after completing 3-4 modules - it then runs concurrently with the rest of your work.

For part-time students it is common that their research thesis is undertaken in collaboration with their place of work.

Assessment

Taught modules 45%, Group project 5%, Individual research project 50%

Your career

The Software Engineering for Technical Computing masters, attracts enquiries from companies all over the world, who wish to recruit high quality software development graduates. There is considerable demand for students with expertise in engineering software development and for those who have strong technical programming skills in industry standard languages and tools.

Graduates of this course are in demand by financial software developers, mobile application developers, commercial engineering software developers, automotive, telecommunications, medical and other industries and research organisations, have been particularly successful in finding long-term employment. We have had positive feedback from companies in industries as diverse as finance to computer games studios. As such, we enjoy excellent employment statistics, with over 95% of graduates employed within six months.

Some students may go on to register for PhD degrees, many, on the basis of their MSc research project. Thesis topics are most often supplied by individual companies on in-company problems with a view to employment after graduation - an approach that is being actively encouraged by a growing number of industries.



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The MSc in Software Engineering Management is a taught programme designed for all graduates who want a management career in the software industry. Read more
The MSc in Software Engineering Management is a taught programme designed for all graduates who want a management career in the software industry. The programme is also suitable for those who have been in industry or other employment, possibly involving increasing recent work with IT, and now want to improve their career by means of formal training and a recognised qualification. The core modules focus on software engineering, the management of software production and a selection of other Internet-oriented modules.

Course Structure
Eight taught modules of 4 weeks each, some extraction from relevant level 3 undergraduate modules, and then a dissertation module of approximately 2.5 months over the summer.

Core Modules
- Advanced Java with UML or Object-Oriented Programming in Java and UML
- Software Engineering for the Internet
- Advances in Software Engineering
- Enterprise and Distributed Systems
- Research Methods and Professional Issues
- Web Technology
- New Initiatives in Software Engineering
- Advanced Project Management
- Dissertation.

Plus, by extraction from level 3 undergraduate programme:
- Advanced Software Engineering
- Project Management.

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