Software Engineering MSc/Diploma

  • Delivery: Full Time, Part Time
  • Programme type: Taught Programme
  • Study location: Edinburgh
  • Entry date: September

Overview

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.

Programme duration

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.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of IT (BCS).

Programme content

Full-time students take 4 courses each semester and must normally take courses in bold.

Semester 1Semester 2
Biologically Inspired Computation Advanced Interaction Design
Computer Network Security Advanced Software Engineering
Industrial Programming Big Data Management
Information Systems Methodologies Distributed and Parallel Technologies
Mobile Comunications and Programming Intelligent Robotics
Rigorous Methods for Software Engineering Research Methods and Project Planning

After semester 2 students continue full-time on the MSc project.

Further details are available here.

Project

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.

Entry requirements

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)

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2015 entry (by residency status)
Status*Full-timePart-time
Scotland / Non-UK EU£4980£2690
England/Northern Ireland/Wales£5880£3180
Overseas£16770£8730

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

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