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MSc Software Development

Course Description


The Software Development MSc addresses the specification, design, development and implementation of large-scale software systems in a variety of contexts.

The emphasis on this course is on object-oriented modelling, design and programming, databases, network management including the internet and developing distributed and client/server applications.


All projects undertaken on this course have a real client and many are undertaken inside a company.

The option modules allow for individual programmes to be varied, based on previous experience and personal preference.

The course is suitable for study by people already working in the software area to update their knowledge and skills. It includes an introduction to programming and computer hardware for those with no previous experience of these topics, and an opportunity for those with a computing background to explore new topics.


The curriculum was designed to provide essential developer skills for those with little previous experience of programming wishing to refocus their careers in this area. However, the course is also suitable for those with some previous programming experience, requiring a formal qualification in this area or to simply update outdated skills.

This course has two parts, the Taught Modules and Masters Project.

Successful completion of the taught modules, which involves eight single modules of study, leads to the award of postgraduate diploma and, if the appropriate performance is achieved, allows progression onto the Masters project.

Taught Modules

internet systems development (double);
software engineering design;
open systems application development;
software process management;
research methods.
Plus two more modules chosen from a wide range of options available to allow individuals to tailor their programme to meet specific needs and interests.

Masters Project

The final stage of this course requires the completion of a Masters project, which must relate directly to the subject being studied. To complete this successfully students will develop a sound capability to carry out research. The project can be conducted either as a placement in an external organisation or working with one of the University research groups.

The MSc project serves to integrate, apply and further develop the different aspects within the taught part of the programme.

Visit the MSc Software Development page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:a good honours degree or an equivalent qualification;a relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard, e.g. BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma;an unclassified degree plus at least two years' further study or professional experience.If you have no formal qualifications but have professional business or industrial experience, we will consider your application on its merits. If English is not your first language, you must also have English Language at IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 250, or equivalent.

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