Software Engineering MSc/Diploma
- Delivery: Full Time, Part Time
- Programme type: Taught Programme
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Software engineers create and maintain software applications using best practice from computer science, project management, engineering, application domains and other fields. Students will learn how to apply state-of-the-art techniques and methodologies to develop high quality software to professional standards.
The aim of this MSc programme is to impart the understanding and skills to engineer software at an advanced level to professional standards. Students can specialise in particular areas such as the development of dependable systems or mobile applications or advanced interactive systems like games or novel applications using biologically inspired models of computing.
Further details are available here.
This full-time programme starts in September and lasts one year. The programme can also be taken part-time over 2 years or as a 9 month Postgraduate Diploma.
This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of IT (BCS).
Graduates from the programme can expect to be able to get employment with software houses, IT companies, research and development divisions of companies, financial services organisations, defence contractors or government IT agencies and as researchers or research students within universities.
First destinations of some of our recent MSc graduates:
Software Engineer, Ion Concept Systems
Software Engineer, Logica
PhD Computer Science,Heriot-Watt University
IT Manager, NCS
Database Administrator, Pension Fund Commission
System Specialist, UBS AG (Bank)
Test Engineer, IBM
Systems Engineer, GEC Marconi Avionics
Graduate Software Engineering,
Thomson Marconi Sonar Ltd
Computer Programmer, Bull Europe
Software Consultant, Absoft
Software Engineer, Thales (UK)
Full-time students take 4 courses each semester and must normally take courses in bold.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Biologically Inspired Computation||Advanced Interaction Design|
|Computer Network Security||Advanced Software Engineering|
|Information Systems Methodologies||Computer Games Programming|
|Mobile Comunications & Programming||Distributed & Parallel Technologies|
|Rigorous Methods for Software Engineering||Research Methods & Project Planning|
|Software Engineering Foundations||Robotics & Automation|
|Systems Programming & Scripting|
After semester 2 students continue full-time on the MSc project.
Further details are available here.
In the third semester (May-August) students undertake a specialist MSc project which is written up as a 15000 word dissertation. This project enables further development and consolidation of skills introduced in the taught courses, applying them to a challenging practical problem in this subject area.
Admission requires a 1st or 2nd class honours degree in Computer Science or IT or its equivalent. Candidates holding a little less than a good honours degree or its equivalent but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exam and course work are at MSc level. Non-native English speakers should have an English level of IELTS 6.0 or its equivalent.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 2 semesters English (for IELTS of 4.5-5.0);
- 12 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5*-6.0). (*minimum 5.5 reading and writing)
Fees for this programme can be found on our Tuition fees page.
Scholarships & bursaries
Alumni Scholarship Scheme
British Chamber of Commerce in Germany Foundation Scholarship (German students)
Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries
Applicants must be Scottish by birth, have at least one parent born in Scotland or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
International (Commonwealth citizens)
Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
East Lothian Educational Trust
Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
Entente Cordiale Scholarships
French nationals aged 35 or under.
Japan Scotland Association Scholarship
Japanese nationals planning to enter a postgraduate course at Masters level at a Scottish University.
Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.
Local Education Authority Awards
MSc Fee abatement scholarships
Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)
See SAAS residence conditions.
Postgraduate Student Allowance Scheme (SAAS)
EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria on eligible courses
Remission of Fees (families of staff)
Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University
Royal Caledonian Schools Trust
Applicants must be of Scots parentage (conditions apply - see below)
SFC Key Skills Funded Places (MACS)
All applicants resident in Scotland who accept an offer for an eligible course
Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
Scottish applicants to the MSc in Actuarial Science, MSc in Actuarial Management and MSc in Quantitative Risk Management
Employees of Heriot-Watt University
West Lothian Educational Trust
Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.