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Computing (Software Engineering) MSc

Course Description

This postgraduate qualification allows you to study the design of software systems in greater depth, as well as developing your research and analytical skills – whilst undertaking your own individual thesis project investigating an area of particular interest. You will be able to utilise our state of the art facilities ensuring you are exposed to cutting edge technology and are able to pursue your specialist interests.

Course content

The current need for software that communicates effectively with a number of devices has driven the requirement for qualified and skilled professionals who are able to design, develop and analyse software and strive to improve current provisions. The MSc in Software Engineering is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills whilst providing the opportunity to become specialised in a field that is highly sought after.

While primarily having a technological focus, this pathway also provides an awareness of the business context, encourages development of interpersonal skills which can make a vital contribution to problem solving in business.

All modules are 20 credit modules except for the dissertation which is a 60 credit module. An MSc is awarded on successful completion of 180 credits (six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit dissertation module). Not all the designated modules may run or be offered in Stage two due to staff availability or low numbers of students choosing a module.

Course modules (16/17)

-Modern Computer Architecture
-Software Engineering
-Visual Object Software
-Computer Networks
-Distributed Systems
-Immersive Technologies
-Intelligent Systems
-Internet Programming
-Internet Security
-Media Techniques
-Mobile Device Software Development
-Modelling for Serious Games
-Specification Analysis and Design
-Formal Methods for Software Construction

Methods of Learning

Theoretical lectures and seminars are reinforced by practical examples and case studies and using state of the art computer simulation tools and laboratory facilities.


Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and all students undertake a substantial independent research dissertation.

Facilities and Special Features

Facilities available
You will have access to approximately 150 PC and Linux workstation computers housed in six bespoke computer laboratories, all with digital projection facilities, and maintained by two technicians. These facilities were brand new, state of the art hardware and furniture for the start of the calendar year 2010 in the newly refurbished Newton building. Having NVision as part of this course also enables access to cutting edge immersive technologies providing rare opportunities for you to work with technological equipment worth millions of pounds in a meaningful and practical way.

Special course features
This specialist postgraduate course allows you to pursue an area of particular interest utilising our recently upgraded facilities. At the University of Northampton we enrol small cohorts of students to ensure that you receive personalised care that will enable you to develop your skills and enhance your knowledge. We have developed this course to be studied around other commitments and you may only need to attend the university for two days per week.


Recent studies show a continuing demand for well-trained computing personnel. Successful graduates will have a whole range of possible employment paths in front of them within the broad IT/computing domain.

Visit the Computing (Software Engineering) MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant subject. It is assumed that students will have a working knowledge of computers and networks and it is essential that they have practical hands-on experience of at least one programming language

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