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Course Overview

If you have a background in IT and want to specialise in software engineering, this course is for you. You’ll acquire the skills you need to tackle modern software systems in an industrial context. This includes developing an appreciation of the features of commercial software and engineering using industry-standard technologies. There’s the opportunity to specialise in topics ranging from software architecture to implementation techniques.

Career Options

Graduates in software engineering can expect to achieve well-paid positions in the software industry such as software architect, solution architect, project manager or senior software developer.

Internship Option

The MSc Software Engineering with Internship option is available to full-time students who attain an average module score of 60% or better. The internship element is designed to give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and enhance your employability, as well as your personal and professional development. Your dissertation will be based on a 26- week period of engagement with an employer.


  • Mobile Web Component Development 
  • Distributed Application Development 
  • Data Architecture
  • 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) 
  • Knowledge Management (Optional)
  • Fundamentals of Cyber Security (Optional)


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.


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.

Visit the MSc Software Engineering page on the University of West London website for more details!





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