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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years Thick Sandwich

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    07 February 2018

Course content

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

Visit the MSc Software Engineering with Industrial Experience page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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