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Software engineers create and maintain software applications using best practice from computer science, project management, engineering, application domains and other fields. This programme is designed to teach students how to apply state-of-the-art techniques and methodologies to develop high quality software to professional standards at an advanced level.

Students will be able to specialise in particular areas, such as the development of dependable systems, parallel or big data applications, advanced interactive systems like games, or novel applications using biologically inspired models of computing.

In some cases the project can be carried out in collaboration with an outside industrial or academic organisation.

Graduates from the programme can expect to find employment with software houses, IT companies, R+D divisions of companies, financial services organisations, defence contractors or government IT agencies and as researchers or research students within universities.

Programme duration

  • MSc: 12 months (full-time), 24 months (part-time)
  • PG Diploma: 9 months (full-time)

This full-time programme starts in mid September.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society.


Visit the Software Engineering - MSc/PGDip page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

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