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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    glasgow.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/softwaredevelopment/#tab=3

  • Last Updated

    15 January 2018

Course Content

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.

Career Prospects

Former students are now employed in the chemical, electronics, travel, food, and oil industries, in banking and insurance, in software houses, in retailing, in education, in the health service, in management consultancy, in civil engineering, and in other sectors. Some graduates apply their newly-acquired software development skills within their existing careers, or move into research or teaching.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:

  • Junior Java Developer at Sky
  • Software Engineer at Kotikan
  • Graduate Developer at BiP Solutions
  • Self-employed Junior Database Programmer
  • Software Engineer at Morgan Stanley
  • Graduate Developer at BiP Solutions
  • Web Developer at FibroTest
  • Software Developer at Seemis.

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

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