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MSc Computer Science (Software Engineering)

Course Description

The Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth has a strong research focus on techniques and applications of intelligent systems, working with many major companies. Our taught Masters degrees draw on this focus, and link to the expertise and interests of the Department. They are designed to meet the needs of both students wanting a foundation for a career in research, and those wanting to expand on their skills to accelerate their industrial career.

Contemporary software is frequently developed to function in distributed systems. Applications are deployed across multiple computers, interacting to provide services and to solve problems in a distributed way. This Masters course is suitable for students intending to pursue a career in the software industry, and is a qualifying Masters Degree for Chartered Engineer status. It can also lead to a career in research.

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/computer-science-software-engineering-masters/

Course detail

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.

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.


This course 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.


- Internet Technologies CHM5720
- Enterprise Systems Development CHM5820
- The Object Oriented Programming Paradigm CSM2120
- Fundamentals Of Intelligent Systems CSM6120
- Research Skills And Personal Development For Scientists PGM1500
- Advanced Software Engineering CHM1320
- Mobile Solutions CSM2220
- Machine Learning For Intelligent Systems CSM6420
- Research Skills And Personal Development For Scientists PGM1520
- Msc Project CHM9360


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.

Find out how to apply here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/

Visit the MSc Computer Science (Software Engineering) 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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