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Software Engineering

Course Description

Study for this Masters in Software Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University and gain advanced postgraduate skills in the theory, practice and design of contemporary software technologies.

•Course available to study full time (1 year)
•Delivered by academics active in research
•Curriculum informed by ongoing research and links with employers
•High-quality teaching and excellent learning resources
•£6million state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities
•Excellent career prospects in areas such as Systems Design

This Masters degree in Software Engineering will equip you with advanced skills in the theory, practice, tools and applications necessary for the design, management and deployment of computing systems.

The course aims to provide you with a fuller, systematic understanding of current and developing software engineering and help you to:
•be critically aware of current and developing principles and practices within software engineering
•develop widened and deepened conceptual and practical knowledge and skills in the areas of software engineering
•apply a range of advanced tools and techniques used in the development of complex computer based systems
•critically analyse a range of development domains
•gain a clear understanding of how to effectively and creatively manage software development
•use knowledge with originality and be innovative in Software Engineering
•develop a critical understanding of current research issues in the relevant aspects of software engineering
•be able to study independently at an advanced level and have developed effective methodology skills for original research

The course will also provide you with a strong foundation from which you can develop and maintain effective software systems and adapt to future software development technologies.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Level 7
Research methods
Software engineering concepts
Usability engineering
Software engineering development workshop
Real time systems
Advanced data structures and algorithms
Advanced topics in computer science
Information and social networks
Computation theory
Computer security
Computer forensics
Network forensics
Computer networks
Database design and technology
Computer systems technology
Management of e-business
A major component of the course is the project module. This is an extensive piece of research work in an applications domain relevant to your academic or professional interests. It is intended to provide you with an opportunity to undertake a major investigation and produce a dissertation on the outcome of the work.

Assessment of the project will be based on this dissertation and presentations of the work. The work carried out during the project is expected to have a strong research component and will, in many cases, be appropriate in forming the basis of further academic research, such as a PhD programme.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

Visit the Software Engineering page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Am I eligible?Scholarships are available to outstanding international students applying for an undergraduate course, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees. International students studying on a distance learning course are not eligible to apply for international scholarships. Scholarships are available to outstanding international students applying for an undergraduate course, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees. International students studying on a distance learning course are not eligible to apply for international scholarships. LJMU scholarship information will soon be available online.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for undergraduate courses, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.If you are an alumnus of LJMU you are entitled to a 20% fee reduction on our postgraduate programmes.

Application Procedure

LJMU scholarship information will soon be available online.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally require the following: •An Honours Degree in Computing or a Computing-related subject, including subjects with a significant core of computing, or professional qualifications with equivalent standing. •Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.0. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement

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