Some of the most challenging problems in industry and commerce are associated with software development. This course will equip computing professionals with advanced knowledge of the latest methods and tools in software engineering, as well as practical skills in software development.
You can combine this course with management studies, which will enable you to develop the skills to successfully lead teams and manage innovation.
This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
The knowledge and skills learnt on this course will enable you to make an effective contribution as part of a team building software systems, delivering optimum results in terms of cost, time and software quality.
The dissertation/project gives you the chance to study an area of interest in greater depth. It can be undertaken in industry, giving you valuable industrial experience and an excellent talking point when you are looking for a job or promotion.
What will you study?
You will study state-of-the-art concepts in software engineering and will focus on the fundamental concepts and principles of systems analysis, design, implementation and testing. The course focuses on the cost-effective development of high-quality software. You will also have an opportunity to improve your practical skills so that you can plan and conduct complex systems development projects to meet customer needs and integrate software solutions into an evolving business environment.
Coursework and/or exams, research project/dissertation.
The full MSc course consists of an induction programme, four taught modules, and project dissertation. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list:
Modelling Enterprise Architectures Software Architectures and Programming Models Software Quality Engineering OR Web Application and Infrastructure Development Project Dissertation One option module
Option modules(choose one)
User Experience Design (Systems) Agile Project Development Mobile Security
English language requirements
In order to complete your programme successfully, it is important to have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment. Therefore, if you are a non-UK applicant* you will usually be required to provide certificated proof of English language competence before commencing your studies.
For this course the minimum requirement is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.
* Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
Indian student Zayd Rasool talks about how his MSc in Software Engineering helped him progress in his career.
"I completed my Bachelors in Engineering degree at Pune University in India and decided to study an MSc overseas to give me an internationally-recognised qualification and allow me to work anywhere in the world.
"I did a lot of research into the options and applied to a number of UK universities but I was really impressed with the course content and structure of the MSc courses at Kingston. This, as well as the University’s reputation for computing courses and the quality of the information provided, made Kingston my first choice.
"After passing my course in 2007 with a distinction, the University’s job shop helped me get my first position with an IT company dealing with financial services located at the heart of the City of London. I obtained my IGS visa, which allows candidates to work in the UK after completing their postgraduate studies. The job was been fantastic and I gained a lot of experience and knowledge, which helped me to secure a new role as a software engineer with GlaxoSmithKline in July 2008. This organisation has helped me get a five-year work permit visa.
"As an alumnus, I am still in touch with the Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics at Kingston. The Faculty arranges reunions and other events at which we have the chance to meet our tutors, friends and new students at the University.
"What would I say to an Indian student thinking of studying at Kingston University? I'd say if you get the opportunity, do it — it's the best and there are no doubts about it."
"Deciding to study my MSc at Kingston was probably one of the easiest decisions I have ever made. After three years' study at Kingston for my Software Engineering BSc degree, I was very much aware of Kingston's reputation – for quality of teaching, the content of the course and the good relationship between students and staff to mention but a few.
"I found the structure of the course very good. Focusing on each module for a whole week was good as it made it easier for me to plan my personal study time table. Even though I was studying a Software Engineering MSc, the flexibility of the course made it possible for me to choose modules from other disciplines. This was great as it allowed me to expand my knowledge into other areas.
"As a full-time course, I expected it to be very tough, and indeed it was, but the friendliness and willingness of lecturers and staff made it an enjoyable year."
Postgraduate SEC International Scholarships
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing is offering awards of £1,500 for international students on its taught, full-time MSc courses.Students selected to receive a scholarship award will act as an ambassador for Faculty promotional activities and events and have the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience assisting with undergraduate classes for between four and six hours per week (for a maximum of 40 hours over the year and teaching times to be arranged to work around your MSc timetable and any other commitments you may have). Selection ProcessSelection is by application only and applicants must:- Have a good academic record - Provide a statement of 500 words explaining why they think they would make a good ambassador for the course and the faculty.* Please note that applicants cannot be awarded more than one scholarship.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Any international student applying for a taught full-time postgraduate MSc course in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing with a confirmed offer of a place for the next academic intake (September or January).
In order to apply for a scholarship, you are required to fill in and submit a SEC Scholarship Application Form available on our website.The application must be typed and printed.The deadlines for receiving your application for scholarships are:* 31st July for September intake * 16th November for January intakeApplications received after this deadline can not be considered.Other scholarships for postgraduate students can be found at http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/scholarships/