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Software Engineering - MSc/PGDip/PGCert


Course Description

Our BCS accredited MSc in Software Engineering is designed to produce successful software engineers who will have an understanding of software engineering principles (and their application), design skills, knowledge of good management practice, computing science and mathematical formalism. This course will equip you to begin a career, or to undertake further study in this important and exciting area.

The most complex engineering artifacts in existence are now software systems, and the effects of such systems are felt by almost everyone. It is vitally important that software should be of high quality; it should be built on schedule and without error and it should be safe. Software Engineering MSc combines scientific and engineering principles with sound practice to ensure the production of high-quality, reliable software that does what it is designed to do.

Why choose this course?

You will have the opportunity to put the skills you have gained into practice if you choose to undertake our 1 year optional placement
Professional experts contribute to the range of subjects on offer. Teaching is informed by state-of-the-art research being undertaken in the department and you will have the opportunity to work alongside members of our Dependable Systems Research Centre and internationally renowned academics.

Real word problems and current issues in Software Engineering are used to illustrate the theoretical concepts. You have the option to undertake an intensive course on compiler construction from one of Europe’s leading authorities in the field. The universal nature of the technical skills developed in our programmes means our courses are of equal relevance to both new graduates and those with many years of industrial experience.

Professional accreditation

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. The MSc in Software Engineering is Accredited as meeting the requirements for CITP Further Learning and partially meeting the requirements for CEng and has been awarded the EQANIE (European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education) label.

This course in detail

The MSc in Software Engineering has a modular design providing you with maximum flexibility and choice. See Semester 1 and Semester 2 for information about each module.

To qualify for a master’s degree, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).

The MSc in Software Engineering with placement enables you to work in industry for a year in the middle of your course to give valuable workplace experience. Placements are not guaranteed, but the departments dedicated placement team will help with the process of finding and applying for placements. To qualify for a master’s degree with placement, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits plus the zero credit placement module. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Software Engineering allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the computing industry who wish to brush up their skills. To qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass modules amounting to 120 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each). In some cases, it may be possible for a student on a Postgraduate Diploma to do 3 taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).

The Postgraduate Certificate in Software Engineering allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the computing industry who wish to learn a specific area in this rapidly changing discipline. To qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass modules amounting to 60 credits. This comprises three taught modules (20 credits each).

We also offer a Postgraduate Certificate Software Engineering Research Project.

Part-time students normally distribute the work evenly over a two-year period.

Semester 1 - You can choose from the following modules:
-Research and Scholarship Methods (compulsory for MSc and PGDip)
-Formal Software Engineering (compulsory for MSc and PGDip)
-Secure Systems Architecture (compulsory for MSc)

Semester 2 - You can choose from the following modules:
-Software Production (compulsory for MSc and PGDip)
-Paradigms of Programming (alternative compulsory for MSc)
-Compiler Construction (alternative compulsory for MSc)
-Machine Learning (optional)
-Operating Systems Development (optional)
-Secure Programming (optional)
-Low Level Tools and Techniques (optional)

As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, modules offered may differ from those listed.

Students undertaking an MSc with placement will do a 1 year placement in industry. The placement will be undertaken after the taught component and before doing the dissertation.

Students studying for an MSc will also take:
MSc Dissertation (completed over summer)

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include lectures, which provide a theoretical basis, and practicals, which are used to strengthen your understanding by active involvement. On some occasions, lectures are held in the computer labs so that you can apply the knowledge learned immediately. Many of the modules are enriched by the teaching staff's research expertise. Visiting lecturers are also invited from research organisations and industry.

Careers and professional development

Our MSc students come from all over the world and graduate to follow careers in technical, business-related and creative roles, for example as software developers, engineers, managers or consultants. Whatever their interest, our graduates tell us that the relevance of our courses, and the skills they've learnt, enable them to achieve their goals and build their careers.

Visit the Software Engineering - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Student Profiles
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Entry Requirements

You should normally hold a first degree equivalent to at least a British lower second-class bachelor’s degree in a computing-related subject. If your first degree is not in computing but you have worked in the computing industry you can also be considered. For entry to the Postgraduate Certificate Research Project you should provide evidence of experience in research and study methods at an appropriate level.

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