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Our Software Systems Engineering (SSE) MSc provides an ideal foundation for PhD study. The UCL SSE group is regularly ranked in the top three groups in the world (Microsoft Academic Search), you will be taught by those who are setting the international agenda, and our research has been repeatedly rated as world-class. Fully-funded PhD scholarships are available for high-performing students.

About this degree

Students are trained in the principles and techniques of engineering large, complex software systems and gain the opportunity to apply these techniques in a realistic group project setting. The programme analyses current practice in software systems engineering, looking at the most significant trends, problems and results in complex software systems.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), and either a group project (60 credits) or three research modules (90 credits) including a project. Students will be able to select between one and three modules (15 to 45 credits) from electives.

Core modules

  • Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Requirements Engineering and Software Architecture (15 credits)
  • Software Abstractions and Systems Integration (15 credits)
  • Tools and Environments (15 credits)
  • Validation and Verification (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students must take either the Group Project in Software Systems Engineering (60 credits) with 45 credits from electives, or Research Methods, Project and Seminar in Software Engineering (90 credits) with 15 credits from electives.

  • Research Methods in Software Engineering (15 credits)
  • Research Project in Software Engineering (60 credits)
  • Research Seminar in Software Engineering (15 credits)
  • OR
  • Group Project in Software Systems Engineering (60 credits)

Please note: the availability and delivery of optional modules may vary, depending on your selection.

A list of acceptable elective modules is available on the UCL Computer Science webpage.

Dissertation/report

Most students participate in a group industrial project, generally in close collaboration with one of our industrial partners. 

Other students undertake either an individual or small-group research project, under the supervision of academics in UCL's Software Systems Engineering group.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, written and laboratory exercises, and group project supervision. Student performance is assessed through written exercises with modelling notations, laboratory exercises with tools and environments, unseen examination papers, and a significant, comprehensive group project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Software Systems Engineering MSc

Funding

The department typically does not hire postgraduate students on research or teaching assistantships because the students need to work full-time on their studies for the programme.

Four MSc Scholarships, worth £4000 each, are made available by UCL Computer Science to UK/EU offer holders with a record of excellent academic achievement. The closing date is 30 June 2018. For more information, please see the department pages.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

This professionally oriented programme provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish to pursue a career as a software architect or leader of software development organisations. It also provides an excellent introduction for those who want to pursue research in software systems engineering.

Graduates from UCL are keenly sought after by the world's leading organisations, and many progress in their careers to secure senior and influential positions. UCL Computer Science (UCL-CS) graduates are particularly valued as a result of the department's strong international reputation, strong links with industry, and ideal location close to the City of London.

Graduates have found positions at global companies such as Barclays and RBS.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Software Developer, BNP Paribas
  • Technology Analyst, Morgan Stanley
  • IT Consultant, OnTrack
  • Software Analyst and Designer, Nok Technology
  • Security Science, UCL

Employability

There is, throughout the world, a strong demand for software engineers with solid foundations covering not only the programming aspects of software development, but also aspects related to requirements engineering, software architectures, system integration, and testing.

Following graduation, our students are generally hired as software engineers or software architects, sometimes by companies they have engaged with in the context of their MSc project.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world-leader in teaching and research.

UCL received the highest percentage (96%) for quality of research in Computer Science and Informatics in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Our Master's programmes have some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries, with graduates entering a wide variety of industries from entertainment to finance.

We take an experimental approach to our subject and place a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations. In the recent past, students have worked on projects and coursework in collaboration with Microsoft, IBM, JP Morgan, Citigroup and BNP Paribas.

Accreditation:

CITPFL - Accredited by BCS. CEng (partial fulfilment) - Accreditation by the BCS.


Visit the Software Systems Engineering (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!

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