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MSc Software Engineering

Course Description

Key fact

70% of our research with impact is 4* and 3*- it is world leading and internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour (HEFCE REF2014 UoA 11).


Software engineers are in high demand, and Bristol is home to many high-tech companies seeking suitable graduates. The MSc Software Engineering gives you the latest knowledge and skills and guides you in applying them to develop different kinds of large, complex software systems. The faculty's Software Engineering Research Group (SERG) reviews the course each year to ensure it provides what students and employees need. Students can link to SERG research and development activities and attend monthly research seminars from senior academics and key industrial professionals.

A comprehensive approach

UWE Bristol's links with industrial partners encourage research and studies, and support the next step into PhD studies and further research. You will be taught by academics and professionals at the cutting edge of research and in collaboration with key partners such as Airbus, P3 Germany, SogeClair France, have the chance to develop advanced knowledge in the engineering of complex software systems, 'systems of systems' and critical aspects of the software development process. The course develops your knowledge and understanding of fundamental and advanced concepts of software engineering, using state-of-the-art techniques and research findings.

You'll learn the ethical issues involved in the engineering of software systems and undertake in-depth research in particular areas of software engineering. You'll also acquire the technical skills necessary for requirements engineering, architectural modelling of enterprise systems, implementation, configuration management, quality management, and effective project management applied in a group-based context.

You'll take a reflective and critical approach to your work and develop key transferable skills, such as critical thinking, problem management and research skills and methods underpinned by key emerging topics in software engineering and the MSc dissertation by research and development.

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

Learning and Teaching

All modules are classroom-based, with extensive use of UWE Bristol's virtual learning environment, Blackboard. You also attend the campus to sit your exams.

Study facilities

Our investment in computer-based resources means you receive strong support for your studies. You have access to a vast number of journals and databases online through the UWE Bristol library. The library and some computer labs on campus are open 24 hours. Find out more: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whyuwe/fantasticfacilities

Careers/further study

Graduates have a range of options for starting their software engineering careers, or for further advanced programmes of study. Possible industrial careers include senior roles as software engineers, requirements engineers, enterprise and software architects, configuration and quality managers, and software project managers.

This course paves the way for PhD research studies in software engineering at UWE Bristol, or elsewhere. If you take the PhD route at UWE Bristol, you will have opportunities to work with senior SERG researchers and use some of your MSc Software Engineering modules for some of the 60-credit requirements for the PhD degree.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity. There is also extensive support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Open Events

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

Visit the MSc Software Engineering page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

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