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MSc Software Engineering


Course Description

Software engineers create and maintain software applications using best practice from computer science, project management, engineering, application domains and other fields. Students will learn how to apply state-of-the-art techniques and methodologies to develop high quality software to professional standards.

The aim of this MSc programme is to impart the understanding and skills to engineer software at an advanced level to professional standards. Students can specialise in particular areas such as the development of dependable systems or mobile applications or advanced interactive systems like games or novel applications using biologically inspired models of computing

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

Full-time students take 4 courses each semester and must normally take courses marked with **

Semester 1
Computer Network Security
**Information Systems Methodologies
Mobile Communications & Programming
**Rigorous Methods for Software Engineering
Software Engineering Foundations
Systems Programming & Scripting

Semester 2
Advanced Interaction Design
**Advanced Software Engineering
Biologically Inspired Computation
Computer Games Programming
**Research Methods & Project Planning
Software Simulation & Modelling

After semester 2 students continue full-time on the MSc project.

Project
In the third semester (May-August) students undertake a specialist MSc project which is written up as a 15000 word dissertation. This project enables further development and consolidation of skills introduced in the taught courses, applying them to a challenging practical problem in this subject area.

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

Entry Requirements

Admission requires a 1st or 2nd class honours degree in Computer Science or IT or its equivalent. Candidates holding a little less than a good honours degree or its equivalent but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exam and course work are at MSc level. Non-native English speakers should have an English level of IELTS 6.0 or its equivalent.

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