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This MSc provides a year of intensive education in software engineering and is specifically designed for graduates of non-computing disciplines. 

Course content

You will learn how to design and create web applications, mobile apps and large data-driven computer systems. You need no computing background at all to do this course, but when you leave, you will be equipped with the technical, analytical and professional skills required to take on a range of roles in the IT industry.

The curriculum was designed in collaboration with significant industrial partners who helped ensure the most relevant module content. This has helped ensure that graduates are highly trained and much sought after by employers.

The programme has two key parts:

  • A set of taught modules which build from foundational to advanced topics of software engineering and programming.
  • A substantial individual project.

Most foundational modules are studied in the first semester and cover introductory programming using the Java programming language alongside the foundations of software engineering and databases.

Coverage of more advanced algorithmic and object-oriented programming continues into the second semester.

Project Element: Three-month projects are taken individually with supervision from a member of the School's teaching staff. Where possible, the project will be set and co-supervised by an industrial partner and may involve an on-site placement.

Each module generally involves 3 hours of lectures per week along with up to 2 hours per week for tutorials and lab practicals. Alongside these timetabled activities, students are expected to work on group and individual assignments and projects.

Who will be teaching you

The lecturing team have particular research specialisms in developing novel and effective methods for teaching computer science. They have extensive publications in this area and have been awarded several student-nominated teaching awards for their work.

What you'll get up to

You’ll learn how to analyse problems and design robust and elegant software systems to solve the problems. This includes gaining skills in programming, web development, database design, and software testing. 

You will also learn how to work well as part of a development team using modern development techniques and tools.

Assessment

Each module has its own blend of assessments which cover the full range learning outcomes for the module. This can include:

  • Computer-based tests
  • Individual or group projects
  • Practical programming tests

Software Development (MSc) Part time

This MSc is specifically designed for graduates of non-computing disciplines. This part-time option is taught in the evenings and spread over 3 years to allow you to study while in full-time employment. You also have the option of completing in 2 years. The project can be commenced in the third semester of the second year of the course, once all the taught modules are successfully completed. The project must be undertaken full time to enable successful completion in that semester. 

You may already be in the IT sector, but wish gain a formal qualification to aid career progression. This course is also perfect for school teachers with non-computing backgrounds who want to gain a computing qualification. 

Alongside the core course curriculum, students are also encouraged to take part in a series of Employment and Professional Skills Workshops, which run at regular intervals during the year. The workshops cover CV writing, Technical Interview Technique, Assessment Centres, etc. and later involve events to allow students to network with representatives from some of the largest employers in the Software Development sector in Belfast. Students get the opportunity to mix with a diverse industrial group, ranging from testers and developers up to senior managerial level staff. Students also have the opportunity to get involved in other industrially sponsored events such as hackathons etc.

Career Prospects

Employment opportunities in software engineering are excellent, as evidenced through the consistent and continued growth of the software sector. A career within the profession is not only well remunerated but also rewarding, with software professionals able to select between a range of career progression paths. Given the diversity of careers, the variety of skills gained from a non-IT primary degree are strongly valued by IT employers and will help augment the employment opportunities of graduates from this programme.

In 5 years time; you could be working for the largest companies on the planet (IBM, Citi, Allstate, Liberty to name a few). You could be doing cutting edge computer science research in topics such as Cyber security or Video Analytics, or creating a software start-up or the next killer app.

You could also be teaching computing…

http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

World Class Facilities

Our Computer Science Building opened in 2016 after a £14 million re-development. The four-storey, 3,000m2, state-of-the-art facility has large well-equipped computing labs and formal and informal student spaces which support a high level of group and project work.

How to Apply

Apply using the online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.


Visit the Software Development (MSc) page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

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