M.Sc. Software Development and Technology

IT University of Copenhagen

Application deadline: Autumn semester: April 1; Spring semester: November 1; Non EU: October 1
Tuition fee:
  • € 13,400 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,400 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, February  2015
Credits: 120 ECTS
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Description

The two-year MSc programme in Software Development and Technology provides you with technical and technological knowledge on programming, networks and modelling. In addition, you will also learn about the financial and organisational side to the development process. Therefore, the programme is also for those who wish to continue beyond hardcore programming.

The MSc Software Development and Technology programme allows you to work with all phases of the development process analysis, design, development, test and launch, and you will learn how to design and program software systems of all scales, from mobile applications to web-based business solutions.

The programme provides you with competencies in collaborations and project management, and an understanding of global work processes. On this foundation you can build your technical profile. The great freedom in choice of courses means that you can choose your field of study according to your own interests and wishes.

The programme has an international perspective and is therefore taught in English. In 2011, 38 % of students admitted to Software Development and Technology were international students and 20 % were female students.

Career prospects

The competencies of Software Development and Technology and the global perspective of the programme prepares you for a career in both Danish and global context, working as e.g.:

  • System developer
  • Programmer
  • IT architect
  • Software engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • IT strategy consultant
  • Project manager
  • System consultant in a broader sense

Contents

You can choose between two different admission areas depending on whether or not you have an IT-related background.

  • Development Technology or
  • Software Engineering

Development Technology

The study programme Development Technology is primarily aimed at students who do not have an IT-related educational background. The study programme therefore includes more basic and mandatory courses than the study programme for Software Engineering.

The mandatory content is distributed on three general modules:

  • Programming (22.5 ECTS): Focusing on introductory concepts in programming and practical experience, including imperative object-oriented programming and introductory database design.
  • Foundations (15 ECTS): Focusing on basic structure in software development, such as algorithms, data structures and discrete mathematics.
  • Quality Assurance (7.5 ECTS): Focusing on techniques for testing and QA processes.

Software Engineering

The study programme Software Engineering is primarily aimed at students who have an IT-related educational background. Combined with previous experience in programming and software development, you have the opportunity to design your own study programme to best fit you and your qualifications.

The mandatory content is distributed on three general modules:

  • Software Engineering (15 ECTS): Focusing on automatic software development techniques and software development processes (knowledge management, project management etc.)
  • Algorithm Design (7,5 ECTS): Focuses on design techniques for computation problems and their performance.
  • Software Development Project (15 ECTS): Aiming to provide students with practical experience working on a medium to big project in a realistic environment.

Specialisations and electives

The programme offers a total of ten specialisations, and you must choose at least one during your studies.

You also have an excellent opportunity of shaping your own profile through electives. You can choose between all the courses offered at the IT University at masters level, and even take electives at a different university.

Teaching

The teaching method for Software Development and Technology includes both project work, which demands independent effort, collaborative skills and project management, and ordinary lectures as you will find at any other university. Your teachers are the best in their field - therefore they will also make demands on your abilities and commitment.

Software Development and Technology is developed in close cooperation with the business community, and the programme is designed to give you the opportunity to collaborate with private companies. This means you will always be working with current challenges, and you will have an opportunity to make a network in the business community even before you graduate.

Studies abroad and student exchange

It can be a professional boost and an advantage on your CV to do part of your studies at a foreign university. The IT University has exchange agreements with universities around the world, and to students with software development as their core competence, we recommend:

  • EPITA, Paris, France
  • ETH, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Technische Universität, Munich, Germany

Requirements

To apply for admission to the IT Universitys MSc programme you are required to have:

  • A university or professional bachelors degree, or corresponding degree.
  • If you hold a bachelor's degree from a country outside the EU/EEA, your degree should preferably be within the area of science or engineering.
  • English corresponding to the Danish B-level

Please note that the MSc programme has restricted admission.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80

Funding

The IT University of Copenhagen offers state scholarships to three or four exceptionally talented MSc applicants (full-degree students) from outside EU and EEA every year. The scholarships will be offered to the applicants who achieve the best scores according to the criteria in our admission rules. The state scholarships consist of free tuition and partly covering of living expenses.
Applicants cannot apply for the scholarships. The IT University considers all admitted MSc students for the scholarships and informs the students chosen for the scholarships in their letter of admission.
Please note that if you recieve a scholarship, you will have to follow and pass full time studies.

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