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Computer Science (Software Engineering) - MSc

Course Description

About the course

This degree is ideal for anyone with a first degree in any Computing subject who wishes to accelerate their career as a software engineer. It broadens your experience of the tools, methods and techniques used by professional software engineers, and focuses on the application of advanced software engineering, preparing you for responsible positions in the software industry.

It is available as a one year intensive course, or as a two year course, where the student spends a year gaining valuable experience in the software industry after the taught part of the degree, and can apply that experience to their final dissertation project. It can also be taken part-time.

The degree is 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 (CITP). This course also partially meets the Engineering Council's academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment found that 100% of the impact research the department of Computer Science undertakes is world leading.

Course structure and content

Core modules:

Advanced Software Engineering
MSC Project
Machine Learning for Intelligent Systems
Mobile Solutions

Optional modules:

Enterprise Systems Development
Fundamentals of Intelligent Systems
Internet Technologies
Research Skills and Personal Development for Scientists
Statistical Concepts, Methods and Tools
The Object Oriented Programming Paradigm
Research Skills and Personal Development for Scientists (1520)

Contact time

Approximately 12 hours a week in the first two semesters. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.


The taught part of the course is delivered and assessed through lectures, student seminars, practical exercises, case studies, course work and formal examinations. The subsequent successful submission of your research dissertation leads to the award of an MSc.

Visit the Computer Science (Software Engineering) - MSc page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol - No. of awards TBC

Masters Scholarships SchemeThe Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol is offering scholarships up to £3,000 on courses where students can study at least 60 Part 1 credits through the medium of Welsh (i.e. at least 60 credits of provision that is taught through Welsh medium lectures, seminars or tutorials). Holders of the Masters Scholarships will also need to complete their dissertations (or equivalent work) in Welsh. For further details on how to apply for a scholarship and for application forms, please visit the Coleg Cymraeg website.

Value of Scholarship(s)



For more details follow the link below:https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ccc/university-coleg-cymraeg/scholarships/

Application Procedure



Postgraduate Study Loan - No. of awards TBC

Postgraduate Study Loan (SLC)
The UK government, via Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCW) has introduced a new postgraduate loan scheme for the 2016/17 academic year for Masters degrees. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs, or other costs. Students must be domiciled in England (see below). Please note that this is a devolved issue and the Welsh Government has not decided whether to replicate this loan scheme for Wales-domciled students. The Welsh Government already funds the Fee Grant for Wales-domiciled students to undertake undergraduate study. The information below is based on information that has already been released by the UK Government and Student Loans Company (SLC). Further details and clarification on eligibility criteria and the application process is still being released, so we recommend that you continue to check these pages for further updates. The key facts
•You can apply for a loan up to the value of £10,000.
•The loan is available for Masters degrees (for example: MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, MPhil and MRes) in all subject areas.
•The loan is available for full-time, part-time (subject to a minimum 50% intensity requirement) and distance learning courses (subject to certain conditions).
•Applications will open in summer 2016.
•Any postgraduate loan balance is repayable and includes interest charged.

Value of Scholarship(s)



More details of scholarships and funds at:https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/pg-study-loan/#postgraduate-study-loan-slc-

Application Procedure

More details athttps://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/pg-study-loan/#postgraduate-study-loan-slc-

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for this MSc is a second class honours in Computer Science, Software Engineering or a related subject. This should include programming in a language like Java, C or C++. Sometimes it may be possible to substitute industrial experience (supplemented by preliminary study) for these academic qualifications.

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