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Course content

The Masters in Software Development will give you an intensive grounding in computer programming, professional software development, and related skills. This is a conversion degree programme intended for students without a computing science background. You will apply your knowledge and skills by undertaking a demanding software development project.

Why this programme

◾The School of Computing Science is consistently highly ranked achieving 2nd in Scotland and 10th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017)
◾The School is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance: SICSA. This collaboration of Scottish universities aims to develop Scotland's place as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education.
◾You will have opportunities to meet employers who come to make recruitment presentations, and often seek to recruit our graduates during the programme.
◾You will benefit from having 24-hour access to a computer laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Software Development include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

◾Advanced programming
◾Algorithms and data structures
◾Database theory and applications
◾Enterprise cyber security
◾Programming
◾Software engineering
◾Software project management
◾Systems and networks
◾Group project

Optional courses

◾Crytography and secure development
◾Cyber security fundamentals
◾Cyber security forensics
◾Digitisation
◾Human computer interaction: design and evaluation
◾Internet technology
◾Safety critical systems.

Depending on staff availability, the optional courses listed here may change.

If you wish to engage in part-time study, please be aware that dependent upon your optional taught courses, you may still be expected to be on campus on most week days.

Accreditation

MSc Software Development is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

Our conversion MSc graduates in Information Technology and Software Development are recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP Partial Fulfilment).

Industry links and employability

◾Information Technology (IT) pervades our lives. If you are a graduate and you are equipped with advanced software development skills, you will enjoy a significant advantage in pursuing your career, whatever your previous degree subject.
◾Our MSc Software Development programme teaches the knowledge and skills needed to develop substantial software products, including web-based applications and information systems.
◾The School of Computing Science has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of their taught courses, through active teaching, curriculum development, and panel discussion. Recent contributors include representatives from IBM, J.P. Morgan, Amazon, Adobe and Red Hat.
◾Employers are interested in graduates who have a combination of good technical skills and well-developed personal skills, and in this respect graduates of the MSc in Software Development from the University of Glasgow are particularly well placed.
◾During the programme students have an opportunity to develop and practice relevant professional and transferrable skills, and to meet and learn from employers about working in the IT industry.

Visit the Software Development - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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