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MSc Computer Science Software Engineering (inc Integrated Industrial and Professional Training)

Course Description

The Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth has a strong research focus on techniques and applications of intelligent systems, working with many major companies. Our taught Masters degrees draw on this focus, and link to the expertise and interests of the Department. They are designed to meet the needs of both students wanting a foundation for a career in research, and those wanting to expand on their skills to accelerate their industrial career.

Contemporary software is frequently developed to function in distributed systems. Applications are deployed across multiple computers, interacting to provide services and to solve problems in a distributed way. This Masters course is suitable for students intending to pursue a career in the software industry, and is a qualifying Masters Degree for Chartered Engineer status. It can also lead to a career in research.

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/software-engineering-integrated-industrial-year/

Course detail

The course in Software Engineering is a two year full-time programme. This degree is the same as the one year MSc in Computer Science (Software Engineering) - G493, with the addition that the student spends a year working in industry after the taught part of the course.

Year one of the course is divided into two parts over three semesters. In part one, you will establish a breadth of necessary skills in a number of core modules whilst directing your own study by choosing specialist modules, worth a total of 120 credits. In part two, you will apply your learning in the individual dissertation worth an additional 60 credits.

Previous study topics have included: Transmission of MIDI music over internet connection, Designing a network intrusion detection system, Online results and statistics using web service technology, Supply chain management system applications and Prototype railway track measurement system.

Whatever your own previous experience or future aspiration, with this course you will benefit from the marvellous integration of cutting-edge theory and practical application, within a world-class department. The most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment found that 100% of the impact research the department of Computer Science undertakes is world leading.


Industrial Year:

This degree is the same as the one year MSc in Computer Science (Software Engineering), with the addition that the student spends a year working in industry after the taught part of the course.

• Students study at Aberystwyth University from September to May, and are supported in applying for suitable jobs in the software industry.
• They work in the UK from June to the following May.
• They return to Aberystwyth to complete their dissertation from June to September

The work in industry is paid employment, not just work experience. Typical annual salaries for an industrial year are between £11,000 and £15,000.

Students wishing to do the industrial year are assisted in finding a place in industry. There is assistance with preparing an appropriate CV, training in what to expect at an interview, and practice in being interviewed by experienced industry interviewers. The Department of Computer Science sends about 70 students each year for a year's experience in industry, and has many contacts in companies enthusiastic to take good students from Aberystwyth University.

As these are paid jobs for companies, we cannot guarantee any student a job - the companies select the employees they want. Students that are unable to find a job can complete the Masters degree without an industrial year.

There is an additional but much reduced fee for the year in industry (presently £800 for the year), and members of staff stay in touch electronically and by visiting students during the year.


The taught part of the course is delivered and assessed through lectures, student seminars, practical exercises, case studies, course work and formal examinations. The subsequent successful submission of your research dissertation leads to the award of an MSc.

Find out how to apply here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/

Visit the MSc Computer Science Software Engineering (inc Integrated Industrial and Professional Training) page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol - No. of awards TBC

Masters Scholarships SchemeThe Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol is offering scholarships up to £3,000 on courses where students can study at least 60 Part 1 credits through the medium of Welsh (i.e. at least 60 credits of provision that is taught through Welsh medium lectures, seminars or tutorials). Holders of the Masters Scholarships will also need to complete their dissertations (or equivalent work) in Welsh. For further details on how to apply for a scholarship and for application forms, please visit the Coleg Cymraeg website.

Value of Scholarship(s)



For more details follow the link below:https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ccc/university-coleg-cymraeg/scholarships/

Application Procedure



Postgraduate Study Loan - No. of awards TBC

Postgraduate Study Loan (SLC)
The UK government, via Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCW) has introduced a new postgraduate loan scheme for the 2016/17 academic year for Masters degrees. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs, or other costs. Students must be domiciled in England (see below). Please note that this is a devolved issue and the Welsh Government has not decided whether to replicate this loan scheme for Wales-domciled students. The Welsh Government already funds the Fee Grant for Wales-domiciled students to undertake undergraduate study. The information below is based on information that has already been released by the UK Government and Student Loans Company (SLC). Further details and clarification on eligibility criteria and the application process is still being released, so we recommend that you continue to check these pages for further updates. The key facts
•You can apply for a loan up to the value of £10,000.
•The loan is available for Masters degrees (for example: MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, MPhil and MRes) in all subject areas.
•The loan is available for full-time, part-time (subject to a minimum 50% intensity requirement) and distance learning courses (subject to certain conditions).
•Applications will open in summer 2016.
•Any postgraduate loan balance is repayable and includes interest charged.

Value of Scholarship(s)



More details of scholarships and funds at:https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/pg-study-loan/#postgraduate-study-loan-slc-

Application Procedure

More details athttps://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/pg-study-loan/#postgraduate-study-loan-slc-

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for this MSc is a second class honours in Computer Science, Software Engineering or a related subject. This should include programming in a language like Java, C or C++. Sometimes it may be possible to substitute industrial experience (supplemented by preliminary study) for these academic qualifications.

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