Engineering software development is one of the key areas in the European information technology sector. It is a fast moving subject of crucial importance to industry and forms the basis for a wide and ever growing variety of applications.
This course with its blend of skills-based and subject specific material, has the fundamental objective of equipping you with the generic hands-on skills and up-to-date knowledge adaptable to the wide variety of applications that this field addresses.
Choose from three specialist options:
Computer Aided Engineering - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/computer-aided-engineering
Digital Signal and Image Processing - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/digital-signal-and-image-processing
Software Engineering for Technical Computing - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/software-engineering-for-technical-computing
Who is it for?
If you intend to make a career in software development, whether it is in the data centre, on the desktop or in the rapidly expanding mobile application space, you need to have a strong basis in software engineering. The MSc in Software Engineering for Technical Computing is unique in that it combines software engineering with high performance computing, giving you the tools and techniques that employers are looking for and an advantage in the job market.
Why this course?
This course produces well qualified graduates, ready to take on professional roles without additional training on the job. Due to this, our graduates are in high demand with industry leaders visiting Cranfield to showcase their graduate roles.
In addition to the software/computational topics, we deliver a core module entitled Management for Technology, which focuses on those aspects of management which will enable you to fulfil a wider role in an organisation more effectively.
We are very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments.This Msc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.
Informed by Industry
The course is directed by an industrial advisory panel who meet twice a year to ensure that it provides the right mix of hands-on skills and up-to-date knowledge suitable for to the wide variety of applications that this field addresses.
A number of members also attend the annual student thesis presentations which take place at the end of July, a month or so before the end of the course. This provides a good opportunity for students to meet key employers.
The Industry Advisory Panel includes:
- Dr Adam Vile, Excelian
- Mr Darren Baldwin, Excelian
- Prof Chris Greenough, Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)
- Mr Ed Lambourne, Delcam International
- Mr Matthew Breach, Ultra Electronics Sonar Systems
- Mr Nigel Sedgewick, Selex
- Mr Paul Mulvanny, Ent IT
- Mr Ray Goult, Ent IT
- Dr Sanjiv Sharma, Airbus UK
- Dr Steve King, Rolls Royce
- Dr Julian Turnbull, AV
- Mr Jon Loach, FACTSET
You will complete four compulsory modules followed by specialist modules from your selected MSc option. In addition to the taught component, you will complete a group project and an individual research project.
The group design project is intended to provide you with invaluable experience of delivering a project within an industry structured team. The project allows you to develop a range of skills including learning how to establish team member roles and responsibilities, project management, delivering technical presentations and gaining experience of working in teams that include members with a variety of expertise and often with members who are based remotely.
Part-time students are encouraged to participate in a group project as it provides a wealth of learning opportunities. However, an option of an individual dissertation is available if agreed with the Course Director.
Group Project subject areas include:
- Applications of Computational Engineering Design
- Applications of DSP and Computer Vision
- Applications in High-End Computing.
The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into an area of specific interest. It is very common for industrial partners to put forward real world problems or areas of development as potential research thesis topics. For part-time students it is common that their research thesis is undertaken in collaboration with their place of work.
Taught modules 40%, Group project 10%, Individual research project 50%
The MSc in Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering is designed to equip you with the skills required to pursue a successful career working in the UK and overseas. This course attracts enquiries from companies in the rapidly expanding engineering IT industry sector across the world who wish to recruit high quality graduates.
This course is meeting the industry demand for personnel with expertise in engineering software development and for those who have strong technical programming skills in industry standard languages and tools.
Some of our graduates go onto PhD degrees. Project topics are most often supplied by individual companies on in-company problems with a view to employment after graduation – an approach that is being actively encouraged by a growing number of industries.
In recent years, our graduates have been employed in the following positions:
- Analyst, Morgan Stanley
- Asset Management Engineering, EON UK
- Computer Science Engineer, Sopra Group
- Design Manager, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd
- Financial Software Developer, Bloomberg
- IT Architecture Consultant, Solucom
- Mathematical Software Engineer, Arithmetica Ltd
- PLM Consultant, PCO Innovation
- Research Engineer, CASSIDIAN
- Research Engineer, Moodstocks SAS
- Software Developer, CAE Engineering
- Software Developer, Mandara Capital
- Software Developer, Ocado
- Software Engineer, Commerzbank
- Software Engineer, FactSet
- Software Engineer, IBM
- Software Engineer, Oracle
- Software Engineer, Techtalk
- Trainee Engineer, Arcelor Mittal.
A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent), in applied mathematics, aeronautical, mechanical or electrical engineering or computer science or be applying as part of a recognised double-degree programme with their home EU institution. Applications from candidates with lesser qualifications but with considerable relevant work experience will be considered.