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About the course

Accredited by the British Computer Society

We teach you how to build robust, effective software systems, and how to critique and evaluate the latest software engineering techniques.

Through project work, you’ll learn how to apply your knowledge in the real world.

Genesys: learning on the job

Genesys Solutions is unique: an IT company run by students, with its own premises next to the department. As a student on this course you can join the company to work on software projects for real clients in a real business environment.

Prepare for your career

Our courses give you experience of how real-world projects work. We consult with big employers to ensure that you develop the skills and the personal qualities they’re looking for.

You’ll learn about the issues that matter in global business and industry. Our graduates go into academic and industrial research, the software industry, banking and finance. They work for companies such as Logica, IBM, Hewlett Packard, PWC, Vodafone, the BBC and HSBC.

About us

Our challenge is to use computation to understand all kinds of systems: computer systems, living systems and cognitive systems. Our research areas include robotics, machine learning, speech and language processing, virtual reality, computational systems biology and software verification and testing. It’s work that makes a difference to people’s lives.

Network and hardware

We have our own high-performance network so you can access our advanced computing facilities. There are labs for teaching smaller groups, wi-fi coverage throughout the department, and you can connect your own laptop to the network. Mobile devices and tablets are available for you to borrow for project work.

We also use specialised equipment: an immersive virtual reality facility, robotics hardware and an acoustic booth for speech processing research.

Core modules

  • Object-Oriented Programming and Software Design
  • Testing and Verification in Safety-Critical Systems
  • Software Development for Mobile Devices
  • Introduction to Genesys
  • Research Methods and Professional Issues
  • Dissertation Project

Examples of optional modules

  • The Genesys Project
  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • The Intelligent Web
  • Software and Hardware Verification
  • Cloud Computing, Parallel Computing with Graphical Processing Units (GPUs)

Teaching and assessment

We use lectures, tutorials and group work. You can also learn on the job in our student- run software engineering and consultancy business, Genesys Solutions. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation.


Visit the MSc(Eng) Advanced Software Engineering page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

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