M.Sc. Software Engineering

Chalmers University of Technology

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 16,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

Society is increasingly focusing on embedded and combined hardware and software solutions that are dynamic rather than static, which can grow and develop during their life cycle. Software is therefore rapidly becoming the main driving force for innovation and the future development in many different industries such as the automotive industry, the telecom industry, the defence industry and the software industry itself.

Programme description

The current evolution is creating a growing importance of software in several areas of society. At the same time, the size and complexity of software is constantly increasing alongside the pressure of speedy supply in turbulent environments with rapidly changing demands. To meet these challenges and the demands of delivering reliable and high quality software, this programme offers a unique combination of advanced technical knowledge and required management skills.

The programme focuses on three main competences in software engineering:

  • Advanced technical knowledge and skills

  • Advanced knowledge of methods and processes

  • Advanced knowledge of industrial activities and practices

The combination of this knowledge is highly valued and in great demand in the software industry in order to support, innovates, and improve practices with new methods and tools.

Our programme combines a number of perspectives on software engineering, all of which promote the common goal of educating engineers who are skilled in designing quality software at low development and maintenance costs. Software Engineering is also a platform for future researchers who get qualified to perform advanced technological and methodological experiments in software engineering.

Career opportunities

Studying software engineering opens up a wide range of career opportunities within development, design, management, and research at manufacturing and engineering companies, consultant organizations, and supplier companies. Examples are:

  • · Software Developer: Design and implement the software modules of a system.
  • · Test Engineer: Design test cases and carry out system testing.
  • · Project Manager: Organize and lead software development projects.
  • · Software Architect: Design system architecture and make key technical decisions.
  • · Software Quality Manager: Select processes and check software quality.
  • · Doctoral Student/Scientist: Study and conduct research to obtain a PhD degree in software engineering.

In these roles, graduates contribute to the technological devel­opment of society, its well-being, and competitiveness.

Contents

Educational methods

Our programme offers a mixture of conventional lectures, seminars, and project work. It benefits greatly from the use of real industrial projects and collaboration with industry representatives. Projects, group work, and student presentations are important parts of the programme.

Research connections

The programme is closely linked to the newly established Soft­ware Center at Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg. Re­search, innovation, and contact with industry are of major impor­tance at the center and our master’s programme. The research group behind the programme has a long-term, and established, track record of performing in­dustrial research with partners such as Ericsson, Volvo AB, Volvo IT, Volvo Cars, Saab, RUAG Space, and Astra Zeneca. As a student, you will take part in the group’s research through seminars, thesis projects, and individual research pro­jects. The program offers various ways for participation in international research opportunities.

Programme plan

The programme comprises of a number of compulsory courses that provide essential knowledge in order to become a highly skilled and advanced professional software engineer. Some of them are:

  • Requirements Engineering: focuses on capturing customer/market needs and defining technologies

  • Project Management: focuses on the skills required for planning and executing projects as well as for leading software development teams at small and large enterprises

  • Empirical Software Engineering: focuses on the frontline of research in software engineering – teaches you how to plan experiments and case studies as well as prepare reports for managers and scientists

  • Advanced Software Architecting: focuses on the skills necessary to develop, evaluate and evolve architectural designs in software systems

  • Software Evolution Project: focuses on real-life software projects aimed at creating technological improvements in the area of software engineering and combines both innovation and engineering aspects

The elective courses in the program along with the master thesis enables students to spe­cialize with profound knowledge in certain areas. Examples of recommended specialization areas are software architec­ture, software modelling, software quality assurance, software product and process management, and software entrepreneur­ship.

Requirements

Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mechatronics or Industrial Engineering and Management.

Prerequisites: Programming courses (at least 7,5 cr.), Algorithms and/or Data structures (at least 7,5 cr.) and Basic software engineering/Software engineering project (at least 7,5 cr.)

Preferable course experience: Mathematical statistics, Discrete mathematics and Model driven software development.

English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)

The application period for the academic year 2014/15 opens 1 December 2013.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Funding

Scholarships administered by Chalmers University of Technology for Master's Studies in 2013

  • The Avancez Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and are funded by the Chalmers Foundation. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.
  • The iPOET (International Programme Office for Education and Training) Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers funded by the Government of Sweden. They are allocated and awarded by Chalmers University of Technology. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.
  • The Chalmers Mastercard Scholarship for a Master's Student from Central America, South America or Mexico is a 280 000 SEK reduction of the tuition fee (70 000 SEK reduction/ semester).
  • The FlexLink Scholarship for a Master's Student from China is a 100% tuition fee waiver along with possibilities for internship and a final master thesis project.
  • The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships for Master's Students from China and the US are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master thesis project.
  • The Sievert Larsson Scholarship Fund (within Friends of Chalmers) offers a 100% tuition fee waiver and living expenses to students of Thai nationality who aim to study on a Master’s programme at Chalmers University of Technology.
  • The Volvo Cars’ scholarships are a 100% tuition fee waiver awarded to 2 Chinese students with the guarantee of participation in the VESC (Volvo Engineering Student Concept) programme which includes a summer job, master thesis project, mentorship and possible employment at Volvo Cars Corporation.
  • The US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship is a fund scholarship comprising USD 35 000 (i.e. a reduction of the tuition fee by USD 8750 per semester) and is awarded to one student of US citizenship.
  • The Volvo Group Scholarship Programme is a 100% fee tuition fee waiver awarded to students of Indian nationality and Chinese nationality. The Scholarship includes possibilities for internships during the summer, a final Master thesis project and mentorship.

Note: Being granted alternative funding from external patrons does not affect the possibility of obtaining scholarships from Chalmers, as an applicants financial status is not taken into account during the nomination process.

Adlerbert Foreign Student Hospitality Fund - Only open for international students who have been admitted to, and enrolled on, a Master's Programme at Chalmers. Thus, prospective students cannot apply. Students can be awarded the scholarship a maximum of two times. The application period opens in late January and closes in late February. Consequently, it is only possible to apply during this period of a student's first and second year.

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